Serving Good Food in Perfect Harmony

Smyrna's newest restaurant, Ebony and Ivory Chicken, Catfish and BBQ, is serving up delicious, affordable fare for those on the go.

Has Concord Road seemed a little smoky lately? Does driving by cause you to spontaneously crave barbecue?

If yes, then you’ve probably noticed Smyrna’s newest restaurant, Ebony & Ivory Chicken, Catfish and BBQ, which opened for business Thursday at 871 Concord Road.

Ebony and Ivory serves dishes such as blackened catfish tacos, barbecue pork sandwiches, barbecue chicken and fried catfish at a low price. Victor “Ivory” Amato, Ebony and Ivory’s co-owner, explained that this is part of the restaurant’s customer service strategy.

“I was at the and I was the chef there for two years,” he said. “A lot of the stuff that I did there as a chef, I do over here as well, but we don’t have that big overhead like the Vinings Inn. They’re charging $8 for a barbecue pork sandwich that we’re selling over here for $3.50. It’s the same thing.”

Ebony and Ivory has already been well received by customers. Sean DeHaan stumbled on Ebony and Ivory while visiting the next door hardware store.

“I was just driving by looking for some 10W-30 and I went into this place,” he said. “So I called my wife and said, ‘Hey, there’s this new place.’ And she said, ‘Well why don’t you stop in and get me something.’ It’s nice. It’s quaint. Nothing flashy. Places like this usually have good food.”

What Ebony and Ivory lacks in “flash” it makes for up in flavor. Anato slow-cooks the pork, chicken and beef brisket for 12 to 14 hours in the smoker in the restaurant’s parking lot. He also makes the restaurant’s wing and barbecue sauces, including a special Alabama-style white barbecue sauce.

Customers are greeted by Marcus “Ebony” Phillips, Ebony and Ivory’s co-owner. Phillips and Amato met while the two worked at Dantanna’s at CNN Center.

“It was love at first sight,” Phillips said. “I was the lead server at Dantanna’s. I had a lot of repeat-customers. I have the ability to have the front part of a restaurant and the kitchen running smooth and getting things out in a timely manner, as well as being around tables for guest interaction and making sure people are satisfied.”

“He really impressed me with his work ethic,” Amato said. “He was always hustling, putting in as many hours as I was. We always got along.”

Phillips and Amato decided to team up and build their own restaurant. Amato, who lives in Smyrna, knew their vision would be well received in town.

“I’ve lived here for about seven years,” he said. “We love the area and the mix of people. That’s why I kind of think the ebony and the ivory works out well. It’s diverse out here. We cater to everybody.”

Ebony and Ivory is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The restaurant is carryout or drive-through only.  Ebony and Ivory delivers in Smyrna on orders greater than $20. 

Rio July 17, 2011 at 04:52 AM
I passed by this place earlier today and wondered when it opened. Thanks for the story. It's nice to hear about the owners background, and what kind of food they have. I'll definitely have to give this one a try. My family loves some good bar-b-que and this sounds like a nice little place. It's great to see a new restaurant in town in this economy. I wish the owners the best of luck!
Susan July 18, 2011 at 07:44 PM
I will definitely try it out. Just wish they were open a little later than 7:30!
lynn August 25, 2011 at 08:19 PM
i went there yesterday and I thought it was not good at all. Especially the mac and cheese. All they are Velveeta Big shells you can buy in the store in a box. Gross! There was no smoke flavor in the brisket and the greens were just ok. The price was good for what you get but I'm very dissapointed.
Victor Nunzio Amato September 12, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Dear Lynn, This is Ivory I would like to personally apologize for the experience you had. We would like you to come in and give us another try on us and let us know your second opinion.
Scott Wilson September 12, 2011 at 08:50 PM
To Ebony and Ivory. I came in last week and ordered a single pulled pork sandwich. It was served in a giant styrofoam clam shell. C'mon man - put that single sandwich order in paper and help save the earth. Enjoyed the sandwich - sauce options would be nice. Good luck.
Victor Nunzio Amato September 12, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Dear Mr. Wilson I am glad you enjoyed your pork sandwich. I fully agree with your bbq sauce options; that is why next week we will have all of the bbq mother sauces and we also have smaller containers for single sandwiches. Next time you come in please ask for me specifically so I can do something nice for you. Thanks
Robin Tubbs September 13, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Welocme to the neighborhood! It's so exciting to have a new business open in Smyrna!
Scott Wilson September 13, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Thanks for the response Ivory. I look forward to coming in again and I wish your business venture the best of luck.
Victor Nunzio Amato September 15, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Dear Ms. Tubbs, thank you so much for being so sweet and please come in soon for a funnel cake on us!
Victor Nunzio Amato September 15, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Mr. Wilson, You are welcome and I look forward to seeing yo u soon!
Briana Collins September 16, 2011 at 05:51 PM
We had an office lunch and just finished eating your delicious pork, brisket, and chicken BBQ. It was OUT OF THIS WORLD especially with all of the fun sauce options. We were very impressed and I am telling my friends who live in the area to stop by. THANKS so much and best of luck to your yummy bbq business!
Marshall Hicks October 20, 2011 at 11:36 PM
I frequent A LOT of metro Atlanta food joints and always love trying smaller places like this and I gotta say Ebony and Ivory is one of, if not my very favorite.... THIS PLACE IS OFF THE CHAIN... I would drive 30 minutes to pick up food like this for this price on the right occasion... Good thing I live around the corner FTW
Emory November 01, 2011 at 11:50 AM
that was the nastiest food i have ever had,,i wouldn't recommend this place to my worst enemy,,the ribs were under cooked, the food was cold and the macoroni and cheese taste like garbage,,do yourself a favor and close your doors and put a padlock on em...gross!!!!
Victor Nunzio Amato November 09, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Dear Emory, I am sorry that you had a bad experience. I would like for you to come back and try again. Please email me and let me know when it is that you are giving us another chance. Thank you for being so sweet.
Chris Noles January 18, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I am so sorry to hear that some of you have had such a bad experience. I went there last night for the very first time, and it was so good that I went back there for lunch today! The owners were very personable, and the food was INCREDIBLY good. My dad and I both like to smoke BBQ on the Big Green Egg, and I have to say that this is the closest BBQ I have found to what we make here at home! The pork was very moist, and the smoky flavor is just right! Even the BBQ baked beans and the sauces they have are really good. The beans have just a little kick to them. MMM, it is the best in town, and I really wish them the best of success!
Beverly Magill Denney April 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
We are remodeling a house in Smyrna and this has been our go to restaurant for lunch for us and our workers. I have enjoyed talking to Victor both at the restaurant and when bumping into him around town. You can tell they really care about what people think and make changes accordingly. The brisket is the BEST ever! Keep up the good work and the best of luck! A great addition to our city!
smyrna parent April 24, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The smoked wings are great!!!
Smyrna Jonquil April 24, 2012 at 03:19 PM
We stopped on the way home and ordered a variety of things. All of the meat was melt in your mouth! Especially the ribs. I'm glad to have such a rustic menu so close to home! Since, I've been several times and the meat is great!
Kevin April 24, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Don't go! Incredibly addictive food, friendly people and reasonable prices. Do not order the delicious pork, brisket or chicken tacos with white sauce and (FRESH) pico de gallo. At 2 bucks each, they are definitely going to turn us all into BBQ zombies unable to control ourselves. Do not fall under their delicious spell!!
Beverly Magill Denney April 25, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Thats Funny. Good job!


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