TODAY • June 19, 2001
Druckenmiller and Betty Parham - Staff
Tuesday, June 19, 2001
dishes saucy ratings of barbecue purveyors
It's Tuesday, the
perfect day for barbecue fans to plot where to execute this weekend's
carnivorous cravings. A site to see: Ralph's BBQ Joint Rating Page. It's a
basic but informative review of barbecue haunts in metro Atlanta and across
the nation, written by Ralph Fowler, a telecommunications engineer, ham
radio expert and Cobb County resident for 40 years.
The ratings (a low of 0
to a high of 5) cover meat, side items, sauce, service and atmosphere.
Among the local places grazed and graded: The Rib Ranch in Marietta and
Buckhead (thumbs up); Old South BBQ in Smyrna ("thumbs up from me ---
for the past 29 years"); and Red's Backwoods BBQ in Kennesaw (thumbs
So how do Ralph's
reviews rate? We read his Rib Ranch review and went to the Marietta
restaurant for Father's Day. He gave it a bunch of 4's but nailed it on
poor service --- a problem since fixed, he added. And he's right. Our
waitress kept a 19-month-old gainfully amused while Mom and Dad ate some of
the best barbecue this side of personal favorite Sticky Fingers
(Chattanooga and Charleston, S.C.). Oh, and add a perfect 5 for those
chilled Lone Stars at the ranch.