Hang on to your hats, ladies and gents! It’s time for an out of town special! Now, I get that this blog is Miss MKE, but let’s be honest; we’re just here for the good food. And man, did I find some good food last night in Grafton, WI at Atlas BBQ. I had been there before, but thought it would be a great opportunity to write a review.
Atlas is your typical barbeque joint. It carries everything from ribs to pulled pork to crispy ends, with a variety of classic sides like macaroni and cheese, cornbread and fries. As an added bonus, Atlas has five different barbeque sauces at every table, so you can choose whichever you would like. On their website they show the heat index of each sauce, ranging from “fun for everyone” to just an ominous picture of a skull and crossbones.
First as an appetizer, we ordered the fried pickles. They were long thin slices and beer battered. They were served with a chipotle ranch sauce and were $6.25. The pickles were still crisp even after being cooked, and I attribute that to the batter. The beer batter was light and buttery, and didn’t overwhelm the pickle flavor. The chipotle ranch complimented the tanginess of the pickle and created the perfect creaminess the pickles needed. Unfortunately, they were so good that we ate them all before I could even get a picture.
For my main course I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with a side of Brussels sprouts. The sandwich was served on a pretzel bun and topped with a tangy vinegar based coleslaw, which was a nice crisp texture to compliment the tender pork. Wait… the tender MOUNTAIN of pork! There was so much pork on this sandwich that I couldn’t even take a bite without half of it falling out! For $10.25, this sandwich was definitely worth it.
The Brussels sprouts were the perfect side to this sandwich. Because of the vinegar in the barbeque sauce and the coleslaw on the sandwich, I was craving something sweet. The Brussels sprouts were cooked with bacon and honey, and every bite carried the smokiness of the bacon, while the honey caramelized the outside of each sprout. I know many people don’t like Brussels sprouts, but these sprouts could change minds and end wars.
I will definitely go back to Atlas BBQ again, because not only is it delicious barbeque, but also it isn’t outrageously priced.