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Out-of-Towner's Guide to Dining in Atlanta

Caroline Perrott | January 25, 2019 | Food & Drink

It is crunch time! In two days, thousands of football fans will descend on Atlanta for the big game. We have curated a quick list of local favorites to suggest to your out-of-towner friends when they turn to you for all their Super Bowl needs.

BBQ at 4 Rivers Smokehouse is sure to keep you full during the game.

The “Insider” Atlanta
For the perfect Southern Supper, visit Revival in Decaur. Join Chef Kevin Gillespie for his local treasures from his Sunday Supper-inspired menu. Favorites include his Georgia grandmother’s classic Southern family-style fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and lemon icebox cake. 129 Church Street, 470.225.6770

For someone with a sweet tooth, go to Henri’s Bakery & Café, Atlanta’s favorite bakery with three locations in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Upper Westside. Since 1929, Henri’s has been satisfying sugar cravings with cakes, cookies, pies, you name it. Fun fact is the bakery is known for their sport-themed cookies, perfect for tailgating or pre-gaming at home. multiple locations, 404.237.0202

For someone who loves a secret menu, check out The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill in Roswell and Buckhead. The secret off the menu boiled peanuts are the perfect snack during the game and very hush-hush. 3279 Roswell Road NE, 404.474.9508

The “Big Spender” Atlanta
Aria in Buckhead has been named one of the country’s best restaurants by Esquire Magazine and delivers top-notch regional ingredients for dishes that are both sophisticated and eclectic in style. 490 East Paces Ferry, 404.233.7673

5Church Atlanta in Midtown is the sister restaurant to two other locations in Charlotte, N.C. as well as Charleston. Set in the middle of the city’s busiest Midtown intersection, The Colony Square restaurant offers causal yet refined dining with technique-driven menu and amazing hospitality. 1197 Peachtree Street NE, 404.400.3669

Gunshow, another of Kevin Gillespie’s passion projects, serves bold dishes in an interactive setting, mixing up the traditional dining experience. Rolling carts and trays are brought to tables where diners can chose what to order, putting food an the forefront of the affair. 924 Garret Street SE, 404.380.1886

The “Logical” Atlanta
If you are in the stadium, eat at GameChanger. Located in the 200 concourse western end zone, grab a sweet onion pot roast sandwich and beer battered spiral fries with cheddar fondue up to two hours prior to game time.

If you want to hang around the stadium, check out 4 Rivers Smokehouse, offering a spot for pre- or post-game fuel. The 30-day aged Texas-style briskey, homestyle sides and fresh bakery will keep you satisfied for the big game weekend. 822 Marietta Street NW., 844.474.8377

Ormsby’s is the perfect spot for post-game food and drinks. Located in Atlanta’s Westside, the neighborhood bar is a comfortable gathering spot with a extensive craft beer selection and elevated pub menu. Keep your nerves down with traditional games including backgammon, bocce, darts, pool and shuffleboard. 1170 Howell Mill Road, 404.968.2033


Photography by: 4 Rivers Smokehouse