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HEIRLOOM MARKET BBQ & SOBBAN 2243 AKERS MILL ROAD ATLANTA, GA 30339 (770) 612-2502 HEIRLOOMMARKETBBQ.COM OWNERS AND EXECUTIVE CHEFS: CODY TAYLOR AND JIYEON LEE

1788 CLAIRMONT ROAD DECATUR, GA 30033 (678) 705-4233 SOBBAN.COM OWNERS AND EXECUTIVE CHEFS: CODY TAYLOR AND JIYEON LEE Southerners expect pulled pork sandwiches and mayo-laden coleslaw from their favorite barbecue joints. But local pork marinated in gochujang (Korean chile paste) alongside kimchee-spiked slaw is unprecedented. That was until Texas-born, Tennessee-raised, Atlanta-trained chef Cody Taylor traveled to Korea with his wife, Jiyeon Lee, a Korean teenage pop-star-turned-chef. Taylor kept noticing the similarities between Southern and Korean food, so the duo decided to turn this little piggie on its nose and comingle the two distinct cuisines into one revolutionary (and delicious!) style all their own. First at Heirloom Market BBQ, a roadside Southern barbecue joint employing Korean seasonings (if you haven’t tried the miso soup–injected brisket, you’re missing out!) and most recently at Sobban, a Korean diner using Southern ingredients (their house-made tofu is a rarity in these parts). Both restaurants are laid-back with a vengeance: Sobban converted a former Arby’s, while Heirloom is smaller than most one-bedroom apartments (read: standing room only, so to-go is your best bet). Both are inordinately cheap considering the quality and skill behind the dishes—“I don’t think a lot of people realize the amount of work it takes,” says Taylor, who arrives every day at 2 a.m. to fire up the smokers. “People don’t see that, but barbecue is the longest-cooking fast food in the world, and it takes a lot of work.”

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