This Is It! BBQ and Seafood
Seven locations in the metro area:
Camp Creek/East Point; Memorial Drive/Decatur; both Panola and Stonecrest in Lithonia; College Park; Smyrna; Fayetteville.
Decatur and Smyrna locations open seven days a week, all others six days (closed Sundays).
Check website for hours and phone numbers.
If your family is in the mood for some soul food, This Is It! – the 2011 Hoodie award winner for America’s best barbecue – is your best bet. As a mother, I’m always on the hunt for kid-friendly restaurants with delicious food. My search has ended here. With seven locations around Atlanta, you only need to drive a short distance to satisfy your craving for soul food and genuine barbecue.
What’s on the menu: This Is It! caters to our guilty “home cooked” pleasures, and definitely hits a home run with its menu items – served buffet/cafeteria style. You can indulge in such dishes as sweet potato soufflé, collard greens, hickory-smoked chicken, ribs, oxtails and many more Southern specialties. As you assemble your plate, choose from entrées, then add side items. For lunch, I chose a fully loaded veggie plate (just $5), and thoroughly enjoyed the green beans, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, baked beans and more. I washed it all down with some of the best lemonade in all of Georgia! If your sweet tooth is tingling, consider the peach cobbler (amazing) or banana pudding (also yummy). If you visit for either lunch or dinner, ordering off the menu is an option instead of the buffet.
Why parents will like it: Great lunch specials range from $5-$7, and portions are generous. For both lunch and dinner, items are served a la carte, so you can spend more if you don’t go for the specials. Dinner for adults will be about $10-$15 – depending on number of items; kids cost less, especially if they only want two or three selections from the buffet. I’ve been here several times and always found the food to be fresh. Also, if you don’t see an item offered, you can always ask; This Is It! goes out of its way to accommodate your desires. Parents feeding a family on a budget will feel they are getting a good value here.
Why kids will like it: So many food items should satisfy even the pickiest eaters. My niece, 5, loved her chicken wings, baked beans, and mac and cheese. If ordering from the menu, kids have three entrée choices: fish, wings or rib tips, then they add two sides, cornbread and a beverage – all for $5.99. If your child is fond of downhome cuisine, This Is It! is at the ready to cater his next birthday party. (The restaurant has a big catering operation as well.)
– Alika Turner