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Counterpoint Countdown: Introducing D.B.A. Barbecue

Counterpoint Music Festival is doing a great job at preparing the best music festival the southeast United State’s has ever seen. Aside from the epic music and mind-blowing art installations, the organizers are also contracting some dank eats to vend the fest. D.B.A. Barbecue, owned by Matt Coggin, is one of these vendors and you can expect to get high quality barbecue from him and his crew all fest long.

We had the opportunity to ask Matt a few questions about his restaurant, culinary experiences and of course music festivals. First off, introduce yourself to our readers. Who are you and what do you do?

Matt: Matt Coggin, pitmaster/owner D.B.A. Barbecue. I’ve lived in Atlanta for 31 years and worked in the restaurant business for over 15 years. I graduated from Dunwoody High School and University of Florida. I’ve worked in Virginia-highland since 1997 and now own D.B.A. Barbecue and serve this neighborhood delicious barbecue 7 days a week.

D: How did you get started cooking food?

M: I was mostly working in the front if the house as a server, bartender, general manager; but I have always enjoyed cooking comfort food. When I started getting the itch to open my own place, I started studying and practicing making BBQ and comfort food. I’d been planning D.B.A. Barbecue for years. Once the dream came true I had concentrated on the front of the house again, and I had employed a chef. However, things just weren’t right. So, for about a year I have been the one making the BBQ, and Ms. Bev makes our sides. This is the best the food has ever been. We have really come into our own in the last year. This is also the happiest I’ve ever been!

D: Why should someone satisfy their munchines with DBA Barbecue at Counterpoint Festival?

M: We are going to have some great food! We’ll be serving up our “Hotlanta” smoked wings, one of our signature items, and they satisfy even the most intense cases of munchies.

D: What is your favorite item you will be serving up at Counterpoint?

Smoked Wings!

D: Have you catered any other music festivals? Which ones? Favorites?

M: We have done two festivals on our property behind D.B.A. Barbecue. The music at our block party consisted of Mudcat, East Ponce Soul Faction, The Hollidays, and Oliver Wood with Joe McGuinness. It was a great time; the whole neighborhood came out to eat some barbecue and party!

D: What can you tell us about DBA Barbecue?

M: D.B.A. Barbecue is owned by James Ehrlich (eclipse di Luna), Lee Coggin (my mother and the designer), and myself. We are a casual neighborhood restaurant and bar. Lots of TVs for football, covered patio, ample free parking, catering, and full service. We are open lunch and dinner seven days a week. Seven different smoked meats, great burgers, BBQ nachos, 14 sides, and the best local beer selection around. We also have spiked moonshine slushies and our brand new D.B.A. POPS, homemade pudding pops in flavors like banana and candied bacon.

D: What is your favorite non-barbecue festival good?

M: Poboys! I love the New Orleans jazz and heritage festival. So much great music and food.

D: Thanks for your time, is there anything else you’d like to add?

Go Gators!


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