We’re in the South, which means this Saturday’s SEC Championship Game is a big deal, especially if you are an Auburn or Missouri fan. Rivalries aside, at least both teams agree that they have the best mascot. Two tigers dueling will certainly get hungry! We arm you with barstools and bites near the Georgia Dome, whether you’re in town looking for a convenient spot or want to be as close to the action without buying a ticket.
300 Marietta Street, 30313
Voted one of the top ten beer gardens in 2012 by USA Today, the German food and beer takes people back to Germany. A lively biergarten atmosphere is sure to be crowded so grab a spot early. We’ve heard the “Jagerschnitzel” is as close to home-cooked as you can get. Das gute.
180 Walker Street, 30313
Sushi + burgers= Bottle Rocket. About half a mile from the Dome, the carnivores can chomp burgers while others pop sushi and cocktails. The atmosphere is fun and quirky like you’d expect from an East meets West food spot. Plus, show your ticket and get 15% off.
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
300 Marietta Street NW, 30313
The communal tables and authentic New York pizza give this place a casual bar atmosphere feel, great for carb-loading after the game. Plus it’s the only pizzeria in Georgia with a coal oven. The homemade dough and toppings get slightly charred in the oven and makes for a crispy bite.
Elliott Street Deli and Pub
51 Elliott Street, 30314
One block from the Dome, the parking lot can fit more than 400 cars, so tailgaters, you’ve found your spot. Their Boar’s Head sandwiches are simple creations that will fill you up without a hefty price tag. The bread is delivered fresh daily, an effort that doesn’t go unnoticed.
210 Peachtree Street NE, 30303
Looking to escape the crowds and get a bird’s eye view of Atlanta? Sun Dial Restaurant is the swanky alternative, but the view comes with a price. They’ve revamped their menu and reopened in August, so it is worth checking out, if not just for the “revolutions.”
-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog