Super Bowl LI not only answers Falcons fans’ long-awaited prayers, but it also gives us something to talk about on social media besides politics. Whether Matt Ryan’s passing game can take down the Pats is still under investigation, but at least you can figure out your food situation ASAP and keep your focus on the game. From wings to sushi, these are best catering deals in town. Rise up!
The sports bar is selling two slabs of spare ribs with barbecue sauce for $35, as well as two dozen wings tossed in your choice of sauce for $30. Want more? Pick up 12 bacon cheeseburger sliders for $30 or an appetizer tray with guac, salsa, and chips for $25. Place orders by Friday, February 3.
Go for their 50 for $50 (or 100 for $100) wing deal, or step it up with a party packages. The $99 “Porky Pig 'Pigskin' Pack” will deliver pulled pork, three sauces, brioche buns, and two sides, while the “Proper Southern Guest” package ($59) comes with spicy pimento cheese, pita crackers, pork rinds, and vegetable crudité. Check out all of their options online and order by 3pm Thursday, February 2.
For $50 (plus tax), you’ll get their “Super Bowl To-Go” package with 50 smoked wings, your choice of sauce, plus 15 S’mores Moon Pies. Place orders online by 5pm Friday, February 3.
Cheer on the Dirty Birds with 50, 100, or 250 wings (from $55 to $270), a slider bar for 15 ($150), or a package of pulled chicken and pork, bread, and two sides for $195. Order on UberEats or online.
Ponce City Market
If you have your main figured out, make sure you’ve got apps covered with a to-go platter of charcuterie, biltong (basically smoked beef jerky), and a variety of cheeses, starting at $55. Call 678.515.0620 to order.
Midtown (& other locations)
Get the bar food without the rowdy crowd. The classic sports bar offering a variety of party platters with wings, sliders, baby back ribs, sandwiches, and awesome apps like spinach dip and bruschetta, all serving 20 people. Find prices and more options here.
Buckhead (& other locations)
For $19 per person (or $17 per person for 50+ people), your Super Bowl guests can chow down on two beef sliders, chips and dip, mac & cheese, kale cole slaw, and potato salad. Call 404.808.5624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Buckhead (& other locations)
Over BBQ and wings? Here, you can choose from a variety of Asian appetizers, assorted sushi rolls, entrees, and more, ranging from $40 for a “First Down” platter to $85 for the “Fourth Down” selection. For more info, visit their website.
You can never go wrong with pizza. Kick things off with garlic knots and meatballs, then get a classic meat-lovers’ pie with salami, pepperoni, sausage, and capicola. Or go vegetarian and top your pizza with wild mushroom, fontina, and caramelized onions. Call 404.974.2941 to order.
Alpharetta (& other locations)
If you think only a Southern feast will suffice for the Falcons, you need to check out this diner’s catering menu. With options like chicken & waffles, Cheddar biscuits, and deviled eggs, you and your guests can indulge in almost every single comfort food available. Call 404.725.5059 to learn more.
Bring some hardcore flavor to the table with El Taco’s chips and dips -- pick a pint of queso royale, guacamole, or your choice of salsa. They’re also offering baskets of 20 tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, and more. Call 404.873.4656 to order.
Decatur (& other locations)
Spice up your game day with a Build-your-own Nacho bar (starting at $12 per person), a dozen Sol tamales ($45 for 12), or St.Louis-style spare ribs ($24 per rack), among other options. See Solcatering.net for details.
Order 50 chicken wings served with any sauce you want (BBQ, mild hot, hot hot, or Southern fried), celery sticks, and creamy blue cheese -- plus 10 fresh chocolate chip cookies -- for $50. Call 678-869-5178 to place your order before Thursday, February 2.
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1. Atkins Park Restaurant794 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
2. Smokebelly BBQ128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta
3. Sweet Auburn Barbecue656 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
4. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails800 Mayfield Rd, Milton
5. Biltong BarPonce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE ne152, Atlanta
6. Hudson Grille942 Peachtree St, Atlanta
7. Farm Burger410B W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur
8. Genki Noodles & Sushi3186 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta
9. Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta
10. Bantam & Biddy1544 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta
11. The Original El Taco1186 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
12. Taqueria Del Sol334 Prince Ave, Athens
13. Table & Main1028 Canton St, Roswell
Atkins Park is Atlanta's oldest continually-running restaurant (it began as a deli in 1922), and the figurative cornerstone of Virginia-Highland. Over the years, it has remained relevant and beloved by Atlantans, with culinary creature comforts that have, and will continue to, stand the test of time (like a bunch of different burgers, mostly). The beer selection on offer beats many of the newer, trendier places in the Va-Hi district. At Atkins Park, family-friendly dining and late-night drinking coexist, which is the mark of a true neighborhood destination.
Buckhead's Smokebelly BBQ is a celebration of the South through soulful, belly-warming barbecue with a contemporary twist. And you’ll find iterations of Texas, Tennessee, and Carolinas barbecue traditions alongside the hometown style. Barbecue comes in tapas (brisket disco fries and cherry cola ribs), plates, and on sandwiches. Dieters, rejoice! Quinoa bowls and salads are also on offer, but if it were me, I’d go for the Pit Masters Platter: smoked turkey, pulled pork, or brisket with four sides, because three is just never enough.
Barbecue-loving Atlanta locals can all agree that Sweet Auburn is one of the most underrated barbecue joints in town. Howard Hsu's one-time namesake food truck is now one of Atlanta's brick-and-mortar bastions for Asian-inspired, Memphis barbecue. That's right, we're talking Memphis-style sandwiches like the King of Memphis Melt, Korean-inflected sandwiches like the Southern Seoul, Memphis baby back ribs, Pimento Cheese Wontons (with bacon marmalade), and a Sweet Auburn Taco Plate with a hodgepodge of cuisines (Southern, Mexican, and Korean) piled onto one plate.
Located in a centuries-old farmhouse on an old wheat, corn, tobacco, and cotton plantation, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is a little slice of history in Crabapple. It’s taken its locale as a foundation for the menu and reinterpreted Southern cuisine for modern taste, using its acre of surrounds -- dubbed “Milton’s Acre” -- to grow heirloom produce and herbs to keep the spirit of the farmhouse alive. Milton’s invites you to dine on dishes like fried green tomatoes with piquillo coulis, shrimp and stone-ground grits, and molasses- and cider-braised pork shanks by the fireplace, on the outdoor deck and patio, and to sip craft cocktails at the bar in the adjacent 1930s cottage.
Who knew a place that sells South African beef jerky could become a prime cocktail spot? Beverage director Sean Gleason, that's who. Try the Biltong Sour, made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, lemon, biltong fat, Fable Night Sky wine, and egg white. Or, ask him to make his favorite drink for you -- you’ll never look at Mai Tais with side-eye again.
There are plenty of sports bars in Atlanta, and plenty of them claim to be the best. It’d be foolish to say that Hudson Grille is the number one sports bar in the the city, we’re far too diplomatic for that. But it is, however, hands down one of the best. Bros, eat your way through all the game day classics (chicken wings, chili-cheese tots, burgers, and dogs). Bros on a diet, dig into the "Lightweight" section of the menu with items like grilled lemon chicken and pan-seared salmon. At at least you can agree on one thing: there are enough beer and wine options on offer to last you an entire game.
Farm Burger is an Atlanta-born mini-chain known for its namesake sandwich, and for its dedication to using every part of the 100% grass-fed cows raised specifically for the restaurant’s menu. Beyond just the famed Farm Burger -- topped with Vermont aged and smoked white cheddar, caramelized onions, and house sauce -- the oft special of pickled beef tongue bursts with flavor and texture, and makes the off-cut a more popular item than you'd expect from a burger joint. The “Build It” burger option takes toppings to the next level with premium choices like herbed cracklings, oxtail marmalade, and roasted bone marrow. To really round out your Southern experience, start with the boiled peanuts, and with your burger (or off-cut) of choice, get a side of whole-fried okra, extra buttermilk dressing. Thank us later.
Genki Noodle & Sushi is an Atlanta-based mini-chain for modern Japanese food, serving sushi, sashimi, tempura, and everything else you’d expect from a Japanese restaurant. There's also a create-your-own bowl option, which, if done correctly, will last for multiple meals. It’s like the Yaki-style gift that keeps on giving. But the real draw to the one-time food truck turned brick-and-mortar is the DJ-fueled atmosphere, bustling crowds, and an open sushi bar (if you can secure a seat) to watch the itamaes as they precisely and artfully prepare your meal.
Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria looks like an old school New York pizzeria, which is exactly what it was going for -- both in decor and taste. It's got exposed brick walls, antique French factory lamps, vintage black and white photographs of NYC, and a coal-burning oven turning out 1,000 degree, charred NY-style pies and slices. Offering a build-your-own option as well as signature combinations, Max's is one of the best pizza joints Downtown.
At its core, Bantam & Biddy is a Southern diner: affordable comfort food is king. Its flagship location, on a corner of Ansley Mall, sports a hickory bar with craft cocktails, and orange banquettes with rooster-embellished cushion pins, as you'd expect from a Southern diner. At all of its locations across Atlanta, Bantam & Biddy gives high-quality, regionally-sourced proteins (poultry and seafood alike) and seasonal vegetables the Southern treatment, resulting in dishes like buttermilk-fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, Creole shrimp po-boys, and braised collards.
We're all very well aware that tacos are not native to Atlanta, or even to Georgia or to the United States at all. However, the culinary masterminds behind The Original El Taco have damn near perfected the beloved handheld, and they're not shy about their accomplishments, either (the restaurant's website boasts "Best Tex-Mex Mexican Restaurant in Atlanta"). Guess what goes best with the best tacos in the city? The best margaritas, of course. They've got those, too.
A Georgia staple, this regional mini-chain is a popular haunt for those looking to get their fix of Mexican comfort food like tacos, chili rellenos, enchiladas, and soups. The sheer speed of the kitchen at Taqueria Del Sol makes it a great lunch option (no kidding: it's a mere minutes between the time you ordered at the counter and take your seat at the table), and it's also a frequent locale for large groups of friends who come to share pitchers of margaritas and apps like the salsa sampler and queso.
A restaurant with the tagline “a Southern tavern,” Table & Main is appropriately located in a renovated farmhouse on Roswell’s Canton Street. The modern restaurant -- from the team behind Osteria Mattone across the street -- serves up a seasonally-rotating menu of simple, flavor-forward dishes rooted in Southern tradition, like cornbread muffins (with honey butter!), the famous fried chicken with collard greens, shrimp and grits, and buttermilk breaded and fried okra. In keeping with the Southern theme, Table & Main also features an extensive list of bourbon, rye, and American whiskey, clocking in at nearly 50 different labels to choose from.