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BEST PLACES TO CELEBRATE THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON DEC. 1
Atlanta’s MVP Roster of Restaurants Has Fans Covered
ATLANTA (Nov. 26, 2018) – Whether part of the lucky few with tickets to the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium or looking for the perfect spot to cheer on the Georgia Bulldogs or the Alabama Crimson Tide as they face off on Dec. 1, fans will find that Atlanta is home to a winning lineup of restaurants for fueling up before, during and after the game. These are the city’s championship-caliber spots for pre-gaming, catching every snap, catering a home viewing party or grabbing some tailgate takeout:
Near the Stadium
4 Rivers Smokehouse offers a welcoming spot for pre-and post-game action. Fuel up with mouthwatering 30-day aged Texas-style brisket, homestyle sides and fresh bakery items. 822 Marietta Street N.W.; 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
At Beni’s Cubano inside The Hub at Peachtree Center, downtown dwellers and visitors get a fast casual taste of Havana - minus the travel expenses – with innovative takes on classic Cuban dishes. 231 Peachtree Street N.E.; 770-212-9076; beniscubano.com.
A classic neighborhood tavern found in Atlanta’s Westside, Ormsby’s is a comfortable gathering spot with a full bar that features an extensive craft beer selection and classic cocktails alongside a fresh pub menu. At Ormsby’s, guests can also partake in a wide range of traditional games, including backgammon, bocce, darts, pool and shuffleboard. 1170 Howell Mill Road; 404-968-2033; www.ormsbysatlanta.com.
The downtown location of Tin Lizzy’s Cantina features an inviting atmosphere with a flavorful FlexMex menu that includes Buffalo chicken nachos, authentic street tacos, loaded nachos and much more. 26 Andrew Young International Blvd. N.E.; 404-671-9450. All locations of Tin Lizzy’s have football specials such as $5 boneless wings and $4.50 for 16-ounce aluminum bottles of Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra. For locations around Atlanta, visit tinlizzyscantina.com.
Places to Watch
Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern, Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland serves upscale comfort cuisine in a smart-casual environment. The restaurant team has a huge projector screen for game viewing, and they aren’t afraid to use it. 794 North Highland Avenue; 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
The Big Ketch sports a relaxed beach-getaway environment all year long, providing the perfect casual atmosphere for football fans. It also serves an unbeatable menu of fresh seafood favorites like East Coast oysters on the half shell, TBK shrimp and grits, jumbo lump crab cakes and skewered grilled shrimp. 3279 Roswell Road (Atlanta); 404-474-9508; 1105 Canton Street (Roswell); 770-993-5749; thebigketch.com.
Chido & Padre’s is Atlanta’s home for fresh, authentic Baja Mexican cuisine, paying homage to the bold flavors and traditions of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula with a menu of such favorites as chicken mole enchiladas, smoked beef brisket tacos and guajillo and pineapple marinated skirt steak. 128 East Andrews Drive N.W.; 404-848-9100; chidoandpadres.com.
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern offers multiple TVs for viewing pleasure at both its Midtown and Brookhaven locations, as well as game day specials such as $3 SweetWater beer and $5 chili fries. HOBNOB’s full menu of refined tavern fare highlights classic Southern dishes designed to deliver comfort, including gourmet burgers, classic entrées, gluten-free options and more, all within a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It also boasts one of the most comprehensive bourbon lists in the city. 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE (Midtown); 404-968-2288; 804 Town Boulevard (Brookhaven); 404-464-8971; hobnobatlanta.com.
Irby’s Tavern features an inviting atmosphere where locals and regulars feel like family. Amidst the Atlanta sports memorabilia and lots of flat screen TVs, there is an extensive bar and patio seating. A hometown bar accented with outstanding food and drink options, Irby’s Tavern feels almost like a religious experience for sports fans. 322 East Paces Ferry Road NE; 404-254-1333; irbystavern.com.
Taco Mac has been an Atlanta institution since 1979, offering over 100 beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original Buffalo wings and multiple HDTVs for enjoying sporting events. Locally owned and operated, Taco Mac has been named the best sports bar in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jezebel and Groupon and one of the five best sports bars in America by ESPN. Multiple locations; tacomac.com.
Catering and Tailgating
4 Rivers Smokehouse serves mouthwatering Texas-style brisket and barbecue inside a former firehouse on Atlanta’s Westside. Its party platters are perfect for gatherings of six or 12 football fans and include 4 Rivers’ signature beef brisket, pulled pork, Texas smoked sausage, BBQ baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw, slider buns and 4 Rivers’ special sauce. 822 Marietta Street N.W.; 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
Babalu Tapas & Tacos is known for its fun, sharing-style dining experience and can easily transport that lively atmosphere – and its made-from-scratch tapas and Latin-inspired cuisine -- to a tailgate or viewing party. Choose from a taco bar, inventive tapas, dips, desserts and three different menu packages perfect for parties of 10 or more. 33 Peachtree Place NE; 404-900-9595; eatBABALU.com.
Willy’s Mexicana Grill offers a host of menu items for get-togethers, including its signature California-style burritos and everything needed to treat party guests to a football fiesta, from plates, napkins and utensils to chafing pans, sternos, matches and of course, Willy’s famous fresh salsa bar and chips. Stop by any of Willy’s multiple locations for carryout, or call 404-422-7107 for catering information. willys.com.