If your future plans include being anywhere near Atlanta and you like offbeat eateries, you'd be making a terrible mistake if you neglected to visit Abdullah The Butcher's House Of Ribs & Chinese Food. Abdullah's primary claim to fame, of course, is as a professional wrestler with a reputation as a bloodthirsty brute. In the ring, Abdullah was known for his maniacal habit of using a fork to carve into his opponents' foreheads.
His restaurant, located in a former 7-11 on Fairburn Road in SW Atlanta, has been dishing up delicious, expertly-smoked ribs since 1994. Also on the menu: Chinese food, chicken wings, rib tips, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers (known here as Butcher Burgers) and a righteous collection of Southern soul food vegetables that change daily. I recommend both the collard greens and the turnip greens.
The restaurant's decor is a fantastic hodgepodge of memorabilia from Abdullah's many years in the ring. Hundreds of vintage 8x10 photos adorn the walls, and given the fact that this is a restaurant we're talking about, a disturbing number of them show "The Madman From Sudan" in the midst of inflicting bloody mayhem on his hapless wrestling opponents. I must say, it's a very jarring experience. For example, right next to the counter where diners pick up their utensils (plastic, fortunately!) is a gory full-color photo of a fork-wielding Abdullah carving up a foe in the ring. That picture can be seen below. If you're really lucky, Abdullah himself will be on hand, sitting out front and graciously greeting diners as they wander in. Such was the case a few weeks ago when Fool's Paradise host Rex Doane came through town. After a short tour of notable Atlanta sights like Fred Blassie's old house we headed for Abdullah's. At one point, Abdullah himself even stopped by our table to ask how things were. Unfortunately, Rex paused a split second too long before praising the meal, so Abdullah had to inflict some pain on him to teach him a lesson. Check out the photo if you don't believe me.