Monday, September 7, 2009

Pig N Chik (Alpharetta, Chamblee, Sandy Springs)

I've made quite a few trips to the Pig N Chik location in Alpharetta and needless to say I'm a big fan of the place.  I've raved about their brisket on Twitter before.  Each time I've visited, it has been consistently tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned.   This Saturday I made another trip to the Alpharetta location and once again I was not disappointed.  I don't know what they're doing over there, but they need to keep it going!


Personally, I enjoy eating the brisket as is with no sauce, but sometimes I like to dip it in a little of their mustard based barbecue sauce.  It's a combination that I love.  On this latest visit, I gave their pulled pork a try for the first time (at this particular location).  The pork was juicy, tender and with just the right amount of smoky flavor.

While I've found the BBQ at Pig N Chik's Alpharetta location to be consistently tasty, I found the food at it's Chamblee location to be consistently "meh".  Each time I've visited, I've found the brisket and the pork to be dry and bland.   Today I made my first trip to their Sandy Springs location on Roswell Road, curious to see how their BBQ would stack up versus the other locations.

There's nothing pretentious about this place.  Small but cozy, with local sports team paraphernalia adorning the walls and seemingly every inch of the space.  The service is prompt and friendly (which I've found to be the case at all of their locations).  I decided to order my old standbys-the usual beef brisket & pulled pork to go.

The brisket, while not as juicy as Pig N Chik Alpharetta's, was still quite good.  It was nicely seasoned, with a great BBQ bark and smoky flavor.

The pork was flavorful and juicy.  I tried it for the first time with their tangy, vinegar-based Carolina BBQ sauce.  It's a great combination that I wish I had tried on earlier visits.  Their sweet BBQ sauce is also tasty, but it's the Hot Carolina and Mustard sauces that I'll be requesting on future visits.

On this trip I decided to splurge with a little dessert.  The pie offerings for the day were chocolate cream and pecan-I opted for the chocolate cream.  I've got no complaints here-delicious chocolate filling and a nice, flaky crust.  I only wish they'd had banana cream (since that's my favorite), but maybe next time.

On the whole, I think I will continue to be a regular customer to Pig N Chik's Alpharetta location.  I find that their food is consistently a notch above their other locations, although Sandy Springs ain't too shabby at all.

3050-A Windward Plaza Dr
(770) 346-7705

5071 Peachtree Ind. Blvd

Sandy Springs
4920 Roswell Rd NE
(404) 255-6368

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