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Memorial Day Serves Double Duty to Celebrate Veterans and Set Summer’s Sizzle in Motion

Mandy Dish
Memorial Day Serves Double Duty to Celebrate Veterans and Set Summer’s Sizzle in Motion

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Morgan Lanier or Valerie Miller

 Melissa Libby & Associates




Atlanta Restaurants Offer the Most Tasteful Celebration Solutions


ATLANTA (May 20, 2019) – When it comes to Memorial Day weekend, expectations are high. While the holiday was created to honor military veterans who have given their lives in service of our country, it also has become the unofficial kickoff of summer. High school and college graduations have taken place, the kids are out of school, and a sense of celebration is in the air. Thankfully, Atlanta restaurants have it all covered. Whether you want to honor someone who made the ultimate sacrifice or simply want to start the summer season in style, you’ve got lots of options.




With Monday feeling like a Sunday, customers will want to coast into the week in an easy, relaxed Baja, Mexico sort of way at Chido & Padre’s. Brunch will be served starting at 11 a.m. 404-848-9100;


Since there’s no need to get up and go to work on Monday, why not Basque in the Sun at Gypsy Kitchen on Sunday, May 26. Guests can soak up some rays on the rooftop patio while sipping half-off select bottles of wine and $6 glasses of sangria, enjoying the chef’s classic paella, and listening to the soothing sounds of a flamenco guitarist, starting at 4 p.m. The restaurant is extending brunch into Monday. Enjoy a little sun, a freshly made mimosa and your favorite brunch tapas starting at 11 a.m. 404-939-9840;


Sports fans need not fear; Irby’s Tavern is open and airing the latest Atlanta sports event du-jour while serving up some of Atlanta’s finest upscale bar food. 404-254-1333;


The late-night crowd also can get down to live music on Sunday, May 26 at Johnny’s Hideaway when The Mike Veal Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. 404-233-8026;


Wining and dining have never been easier than at Storico Fresco Alimentari. You can bring your basket to pack a perfect picnic with a wide variety of Italian delights to go or dine in while enjoying half-priced wine all day on Monday. 404-500-2181;


The Southern Gentleman will be tipping its hat to veterans and summer celebrants with Monday brunch starting at 11 a.m. 404-939-9845;






Kick off the weekend with a view of the Atlanta skyline while enjoying the best parties in Midtown at 5Church Atlanta. Friday and Saturday’s Sunset City rooftop mixer starts at 8 p.m. and features a DJ and a limited menu available until late night. The restaurant will be closed on Memorial Day. 404-400-3669;


Latin lovers need not despair. Love and luscious upscale Latin-inspired cuisine are in the air at Babalu®, which will be open all weekend. 404-900-9595;


Why bother cooking at all this weekend when you can book a staycation at The Georgian Terrace Hotel. Between the rooftop pool, on-site fitness center and the ample menu options at Livingston Restaurant + Bar, there’s no need to ever set foot outside. Best of all, Georgia residents can enjoy a 15 percent hotel discount. 404-897-5000;




Murphy’s will be helping Virginia-Highlanders start Monday morning right with brunch starting at 10 a.m. 404-872-0904;


Families of three or more will enjoy heading to Virginia-Highland to enjoy Truva Turkish Kitchen’s  special family hour menu from 5-7 p.m. 404-288-1007;



Taking its ‘cue from the holiday, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is offering a free classic sandwich (brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends or pulled chicken) to active-duty military members, first responders and veterans who dine in on Monday, May 27. Guests need to wear their uniform or bring in the appropriate ID. (One sandwich per person) Savvy picnickers are welcome to place their orders online. 407-474-8377;




For scenic views of the Chattahoochee River, settle into Ray’s on the River on Memorial Day. Ray’s menu of classic dishes features prime cut steaks and fresh seafood flown in daily along with an award-winning wine list and refreshing, handcrafted cocktails. 770-955-1187;


Multiple Locations

The Brookhaven (404-464-8971) and Midtown (404-968-2288) locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern are serving regular brunch menus from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. along with bottomless mimosas for $17. Monday night regulars at all three HOBNOB locations (including Dunwoody, 470-395-7904) also can count on the fact that it’s burger and beer night. Guests can sip on a 12-ounce beer while munching on a cooked-to-order burger for $10.


It’s business as usual at Loyal Q and Brew in Alpharetta and Loyal Tavern in Roswell and Marietta over Memorial Day weekend. Swing by Loyal Q for a variety of meats “smOAKed” to perfection in wood-burning smokers or Loyal Tavern for a welcoming sports bar atmosphere and a menu boasting elevated tavern-style food, an impressive craft beer program and an extensive bourbon and whiskey selection.


In the mood to simply wing it for the day? Taco Mac, with tasty wings and a vast selection of beers on tap, has your back. Veterans and first responders also receive 25 percent off with ID.


If you wish you were at the beach but don’t quite have the time, head to The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill in Buckhead (404-474-9508) or Canton Street in Roswell (770-993-5749). When you’re squeezing a little lemon juice over the fresh catch of the day, you may convince yourself you can feel the salt air on your skin.


If the start of summer’s got you jonesing for a margarita, head over to your closest Tin Lizzy’s Cantina where they’ve elevated sip savoring to an art form and will be offering their happy hour menu all day on Monday.


In case you’re thinking it’s “nacho” holiday, Willy’s Mexicana Grill would like to prove you wrong. They’ll be serving up their regular menu for all who need a fresh Mex fix.



Out of Town


Looking for a quiet getaway within a few hours drive of Atlanta? The Monte Vista Boutique Hotel in quaint Black Mountain, North Carolina is just what the doctor ordered. You can fill up on small-town charm and delicious contemporary Southern-style food served at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. 828-669-8870;