There's good BBQ in this town and there's great BBQ in this town. Freedmen's is definitely in the latter category. I understand not wanting to settle for mediocre BBQ when there are some very good options in town. What I don't understand is why anyone would wait in a 3 hour line when the food at Freedmen's is just as good (actually, better, in my opinion) as the other place that starts with an F.
Sides at BBQ restaurants aren't usually my favorite, but anyone who even remotely likes beets will be blown away by the roasted beets with gruyere cheese. Also, the German potatoes are much more flavorful than your typical potato salad.
The brisket has an amazing crust and is super tender. The ribs (both pork and beef) fall right off the bone.