Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Abdullah the Butcher House of Ribs & Chinese Food 1994-Present
Abdullah the Butcher, hardly a household name, but a legend in pro wrestling circuits. Abdullah was famous for his crazy, blood soaked matches. He was known to bring a fork into the ring and use it to carve up his opponent.
Today, in addition to a light touring schedule, he runs Abdullah the Butcher House of Ribs & Chinese Food.
Just west of I-285 in Atlanta, the restaurant is a cafe setting with photos of the Abdullah hung on the walls. In addition, two of his title belts also hang in the dining area. But, the best part about the restaurant is Abdullah.
On most days Abdullah sits in the dining area and answers questions and poses for photos. Think about that! That would be like going to Burger King and seeing the Burger King himself delivering royal proclamations to a tray of onion rings. Or, like going to a Sonic Drive-in and having Sonic The Hedgehog... deliver royal proclamations to a tray of onion rings.
Abdullah thanks people for coming and comes across as a generally sweet fellow. Imposing figure aside, he speaks in the kindest of voices.
Abdullah says he always wanted to open a place featuring two of his favorite foods barbecue and egg rolls.
The barbeque selections are smoked on the grounds and include ribs and chicken.
The unique thing is that it is served side by side with Chinese food.
One of the selections is "Abdullah's Favorite". For just $6.99 you get a mix of miniature shrimp, beef strips, green peppers, baby corn, carrots and mushrooms sautéed in a sweet sauce and served with a side of fried rice.
Abdullah's has been open for over 10 years. As he did in the ring, he has surpassed many of his younger competitors. His restaurant has outlived the COMBINDED life spans of Hulk Hogan's Pastamania!, WCW's Nitro Grill and WWF New York.