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ATLANTA RESTAURANTS FIELD SUPER OPTIONS FOR THE BIG GAME ON FEB. 3
Kick Off a Championship Celebration with Special Events, To-Go Platters and More
ATLANTA (Jan. 24, 2019) – The biggest football game of the year kicks off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots face off on Sunday, Feb. 3, and Atlanta’s best bars and restaurants are already drawing up game plans to satisfy throngs of hungry sports fans. Whether it’s catering packages, food and drink specials or to-go platters to fuel an at-home pigskin party, these offerings are just the ticket for celebrating the NFL championship game.
SUPER SPECIALS AND PRIZE-WINNING PROMOTIONS
At 5Church Atlanta, enjoy the football festivities along with a sumptuous buffet showcasing its trademark menu of modern American favorites along with an open bar serving beer, wine and sangria. Buffet and open bar are available from 5 to 9 p.m., and the party stretches on until 11 p.m. Tickets are $50 person plus tax and gratuity. Spots will go fast, so call to reserve today! There’s also an option to pre-game with a brunch a-la-carte menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. $44 for adults, $22 for children 12 and under. Those interested in catering packages for pick-up, delivery or delivery and service can call the restaurant for more information. There are options for an intimate gathering of four all the way to a party for 100 or more. 1197 Peachtree Street NE; 404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.
Babalu hosts a weeklong celebration beginning Monday, Jan. 28 and running through Sunday, Feb. 3, with $8 Cuba Libres all day, every day. Daily specials include Margarita Monday ($5 Luna ’ritas available in five flavors); Taco Tuesday ($2 tacos from open to close); Wine Down Wednesday ($5 glasses of wine; half-price bottles); Thirsty Thursday ($4 sangria by the glass) and all-day weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday. On the big day, Babalu will open early and stay open late. 33 Peachtree Place; 404-900-9595; eatbabalu.com.
The Federal, Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere’s Midtown steakhouse/bistro, is offering an elite catering menu for the big day. This championship-caliber spread includes homemade pita chips with Yemenite zhug, spicy hummus and guacamole; bourbon-smoked paprika deviled eggs; Brussels sprout Caesar salad; roast beef tenderloin with horseradish cream; cedar-planked salmon with violet mustard, scallions, garlic and bacon; garlic knot rolls; and mini chocolate pecan cookies. Cost is $100 per person with an eight-person minimum. For more information, contact Warren Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1050 Crescent Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets; 404-343-3857; thefederalatl.com.
The Peachtree Road location of gusto! is hosting a Patio Day Party from noon-7 p.m. on the big day, with food cooked over an outdoor grill, a fire pit and music and karaoke from DJ Swaye. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy Bud Light specials including $12 pitchers and $15 buckets. 1935 Peachtree Road; 404-352-4157; whatsyourgusto.com.
All three locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern are featuring a special game-day offering including a cup of chili, a pretzel and beer cheese dip special and 12 oz. Sweetwater 420 for $12.95. Offer good only from 5 p.m. until the end of the game. 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE (Midtown); 404-968-2288; 804 Town Boulevard (Brookhaven); 404-464-8971; 1221 Ashford Crossing; 470-395-7904; hobnobatlanta.com.
Irby’s Tavern, a top gathering place for fans of Atlanta sports teams, is covering its patio all weekend long to provide additional space for guests to gather in anticipation of the big game. On Saturday, Feb. 2, guests are invited to party until 4 a.m. at Irby’s After Dark, featuring a live DJ and a late-night food and drink menu. On Sunday, Feb. 3, enjoy $5 well drinks and a special pre-game brunch to benefit the Quiet Hero Party and its fight against ALS from noon to 6 p.m.; 5% of proceeds go to the Emory ALS Center and the ALS Association of Georgia. And then stick around for Irby’s viewing party starting at game time. 322 East Paces Ferry Road NE; 404-254-1333; irbystavern.com.
There’s no better way to watch the big game than with the good-time crowd at Atlanta’s most popular dance club and restaurant. Johnny’s Hideaway offers a complimentary tailgate buffet from 5 to 6 p.m. and full house sound for the game. At the final whistle, dance the night away with music from TMV Project and DJ Spin until 4 a.m. 3771 Roswell Road NE; 404-233-8026; johnnyshideaway.com.
The Nook on Piedmont Park is going big all week long, with $10 lunch specials Monday through Friday, as well as cocktail and drink specials including $3 Bud Light drafts and $10 pitchers. Fans have the opportunity to earn Super Bowl squares all week, with prizes being awarded on Sunday, Feb. 3. Get the full details here. 1144 Piedmont Avenue NE; 404-745-9222; thenookatlanta.com.
Saltyard is getting into the spirit with a pair of cocktails commemorating the teams competing in the big event. Patriots fans will want to try a special red, white and blue concoction made with American Spirit white whiskey, blue curacao and red cherry, while those pulling for the Rams can salute their team with a mixture of Tito’s vodka, spiced pear liqueur, blue lemon wheel and lemonade. 1820 Peachtree Road NW; 404-382-8088; saltyardatlanta.com.
TITLE-WORTHY TO-GO PARTY PACKS
4 Rivers Smokehouse is closed on Feb. 3 but has two tantalizing to-go options for fans of its savory Texas-style BBQ. Choose from the Wagonload (two meats, two sides and cookies) for $13 per person, or the Smokehouse Shindig (one appetizer, three meats, three sides and a delicious dessert) for $22 per person. Pick up orders on Feb. 2 and come game day, just warm it up and enjoy! Guests can also pre-order special Rams- and Patriots-themed cupcakes from 4 Rivers’ Sweet Shop beginning Monday, Jan. 28. 822 Marietta Street NW; 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland offers a variety of takeout platters including creamy spinach & artichoke dip with chips ($25); fried mac and cheese bites ($35); 15 bacon cheeseburger sliders ($45); 15 brat burger sliders with caramelized onion, cheddar cheese, sauerkraut and stout mustard ($45); 15 Texas-fried chicken sliders with lettuce and tomato ($45); and two dozen jumbo chicken wings smoked on a Big Green Egg or confit, with choice of sauce: sweet chili garlic, spicy BBQ, Atkins Park’s classic wing sauce, ranch or blue cheese with veggies included ($35). 794 North Highland Avenue; 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
Marlow’s Tavern has the perfect play for hungry guests: a party platter loaded with J.T.’s kettle chips (crispy potato chips served with Gorgonzola cheese, scallion, Roma tomato and bacon), a sautéed shrimp and crab “nacho” plate (with pepper Jack cheese and fresh jalapeño), and Marlow’s signature tavern wings (served with classic Buffalo or honey mustard sauce, crisp celery, carrots and house made Gorgonzola dressing). Orders will be taken until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and can be picked up on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. until game time. Multiple locations – call directly to place an order; marlowstavern.com.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple is offering a variety of catering packs from chef Derek Dollar. Á la carte offerings include 25 chicken wings (Kentuckiyaki, smoky medium or pickle-fried) with choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing and carrots or celery ($25); quarts of signature dip (sun-dried tomato spinach & artichoke or black-eyed pea hummus) served with house-made lavosh and crostini ($25); and vegetable or fruit platters ($20). Hosting a stadium-sized party? The Family Package feeds eight and comes with 25 wings, choice of dip and 10 chocolate chip cookies ($55), while the Party Package feeds a team of 15 with 75 wings (25 of each flavor), both signature dips, one veggie platter and 25 chocolate chip cookies ($140). All orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and picked up on Sunday, Feb. 3 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 800 Mayfield Road; 770-817-0161; www.miltonscuisine.com.
Neighborhood favorite Taco Mac has a variety of party platters on hand to feed six to eight hungry fans. For chips and dip, choose from house-made chips and salsa ($18.95), chips and queso ($31.95), grilled chicken nachos dip ($42.95) or Nachos All the Way ($42.95). Party favorites include the Triple Play Tray (boneless wings, mini corn dogs and onion rings, served with honey mustard, $35.95), grilled chicken ranch wraps ($34.95), Monterey chicken salad with choice of dressing ($42.95) hand-breaded chicken tenders with tangy honey mustard or hickory honey BBQ sauce ($48.95), and quesadillas served with pico de gallo, romaine lettuce, fresh guacamole and sour cream ($31.95 for cheese, $35.95 for grilled chicken and $39.95 for grilled steak). And, of course, there’s Taco Mac’s signature Buffalo wings, offered either original, oven-roasted or boneless, all with choice of sauce and level of heat for $54.95. Multiple locations; tacomac.com.