20 Atlanta Restaurants Worth Checking Out for the Big Game
In town for football's biggest sporting event? These Atlanta bars and restaurants are rolling out the red carpet. Whether you're looking for a memorable meal with a group, a great place to hunker down for the Big Game or some party-ready take-away, we've got you covered.
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Babalu Tapas + Tacos
A great spot to feed a crowd in the accessible Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta, sharing is caring at Babalu, a spot that blends a shareable menu of Southern and Latin-inspired dishes (think pork belly tacos and black-eyed pea hummus, Peruvian ceviche and shrimp and grits) with attention to locally-sourced, fresh food.
Nina & Rafi
A new family-style Italian spot located on Atlanta's popular BeltLine walking trail, Nina & Rafi will feature their full menu on game day Feb. 3 including meatballs, rice balls and bruschetta starters, pizza, heroes and classics like lasagna and chicken parm. Or pick up a to-go order for your at-home or at-hotel party. To place an advance order and pick up on game day call 404-549-8997 or email email@example.com.
The Big Ketch
Known for its fresh seafood and beach house vibe, the Big Ketch Saltwater Grill has locations in both Roswell and Buckhead. If you want to feel like a local (and an honorary Southerner), order the off-menu boiled peanuts.
Featuring a big game party from 5-10 p.m., Nowak's is a new spot in Atlanta's cozy Morningside-Lenox Park neighborhood offering specials on bar food staples like Po' Boys, chicken wings, burgers and, of course, beer.
A lively blend of craft beer and cocktail-centric bar and entertainment zone close to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Ormsby's on Atlanta's Westside features solid food and a variety of games including bocce, darts, pool and bocce so you can be in the game too.
Named the best sports bar in Atlanta by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Taco Mac is a local institution with over 100 beers on draft and multiple HDTVs to watch the Big Game.
Atkin's Park Restaurant & Bar is the city's oldest continuously licensed tavern known for its great Southern-influenced menu including fried okra, Georgia cornbread crusted trout, boiled Georgia peanuts and hot pimento cheese dip and equipped with a huge projector screen for game-day viewing.
Car-less in Atlanta? The new American restaurant 5Church Atlanta is an easy walk from the Arts Station Marta stop in the very walkable Midtown neighborhood, home to the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta and plenty of coffee, retail and other food offerings. Their Sunday football brunch Feb. 3 is from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and a big game event happens from 5-11 p.m. with an open bar (from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.) and buffet for $50 with an advance ticket purchase.
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern
With locations in Midtown, Brookhaven and Perimeter, the Atlanta tavern HOBNOB features multiple TVs for watching the game and "refined tavern fare" featuring Southern dishes like chipotle cornmeal-crusted fried green tomatoes, Southern spring rolls filled with smoked pork, collard greens and bacon onion jam and Nashville hot chicken and waffle sliders. Top it off with an impressive bourbon selection and you have game day heaven.
Livingston Restaurant + Bar
If it's fun and a memorable foodie experience you're after while you're in town, look no further than local star chef Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow, a kind of chef-driven dim sum-meets-cooking competition experience. A team of chefs deliver their latest incredibly inventive creations to your table so you can decide what to keep and what to bypass. The cocktails are equally smart and well-curated.
The elevated French steakhouse Marcel from celebrated local chef Ford Fry is offering a special Big Game treat on Feb. 3 with its Marcel By Day cult-item burgers, cheeseburgers, fries and boozy milkshakes (normally only available on weekdays) served from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Regular dinner service that evening begins at 5 p.m.
If impressing a date or clients is on your Big Game agenda, a trip to Atlanta's premiere sushi spot, Umi in a ritzy corner of Buckhead, is in order. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito's modern take on sushi and Umi's ultra-fresh flown-in ingredients and top-notch service make this a go-to destination for sushi lovers. It's also a great spot for celebrity sighting with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence and Anthony Hopkins all stopping by for a bite at any given time. Reservations are critical, though so book ahead.
Longtime, celebrated Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere are the masterminds behind the intimate, handsome space The Federal in the shadow of the Federal Reserve Bank. Close to Marta, The Federal also offers up one of the best, most decadent burgers in the city.
El Super Pan
The popular Pan-Latin sandwich bar from chef Hector Santiago, El Super Pan is hosting a Big Game party with a DJ and drink specials including 32 ounce draft beers and a themed cocktail, "The Dirty Bird Libre" made with Wild Turkey, Mexican Coke and lime. On the menu: grilled wings; hand-cut loaded fries with chipotle queso and charred scallions; Chicharrones de Pollo; sofrito hot dogs made with Pigman Goods all-beef hot dogs; and cheddar-wurst corn dog bites.
The most glamorous speakeasy in Atlanta, the Tom Dixon-designed cocktail bar Himitsu in the glitzy Buckhead neighborhood is extending its operating hours from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Make reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. High-rollers can also buy out the space to watch the Big Game with 50 of your closest friends.
An Atlanta institution celebrating its 40th year in business and known for its quirky clientele, dancing, incredible music, strong cocktails and spirited ambiance, Johnny's Hideaway is staying open extra late for the Big Game crowd, until 4 a.m. January 28-Feb. 4. Try the Tailgate Buffet on Sunday from 5-6 p.m.
A new pub in Atlanta's booming Old Fourth Ward, the Barrelhouse is featuring a Feb. 3 game day all-you-can-eat buffet including favorites like wings, sliders, chicken tenders and $5 and $10 beer buckets and a big-screen TV to watch all the action.
The Shed at Glenwood
Enjoy a pre-game brunch at the Shed at Glenwood on game day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a selection of items including French toast, fried chicken and gravy, salmon with mustard cream sauce, mac and cheese, biscuits with whipped honey butter and assorted pastries, muffins and cookies.
Dantanna's in the Buckhead neighborhood is hosting a Big Game viewing party with a $50 buffet available including prime rib, snow crab legs, oysters and more from executive chef Brad Parker. To make a reservation call 404.760.8873 or visit www.dantannas.com.