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Steak Shapiro’s downtown dining recommendations in time for SEC championship

Are you ready for some food and football? Steak Shapiro offers his roster of great game-day restaurants downtown.

Are you ready for some food and football? Steak Shapiro offers his roster of great game-day restaurants downtown.

With thousands of UGA and Alabama fans pouring into downtown this weekend for the SEC championship, we turned to the city’s best source for food and football: Sports radio personality Steak Shapiro of 790 The Zone. The multi-talented host has just launched “Atlanta Eats,” which airs at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays on Peachtree TV and at noon on CBS Atlanta. He offers dining dish online.

We specifically asked Steak for places within an easy walk of the Georgia Dome. Here’s the roster he came up with:

“This is ain’t your Daddy’s downtown. If you are thinking that getting downtown early for SEC title game means you can’t eat well, you haven’t been downtown in awhile. Here are some of my favorite spots for grabbing some great grub before the SEC battle for supremacy…”

STATS (300 Marietta St. NW; 404-885-1472): One of the best sports bars on the planet with a phenomenal patio, pour-your-own-beer tables and private suites. I love the decadent nachos, monster salads and surprisingly great barbecue. (Full disclosure: Steak’s station, 790, once had a marketing relationship with STATS but Steak himself has no business affiliation with it).

Legal Sea Foods (275 Baker St. NW; 678-500-3700): This New England transplant has a downstairs bar with best in the world chowder, fresh oysters and lobster rolls that go great with the multiple flat screens that adorn the place.

Meehan’s Public House Downtown (200 Peachtree St.; 404-214-9821): Chef Jordan Wakefield makes delicious things happen with shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and killer burgers. A place that respects what a cold beer should taste like.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (267 Marietta St./Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park; 404-223-6500): Time to impress some big-wig clients with mouth watering steaks, New Orleans style sides and the perfect classic martini. Grab a seat on my favorite patio to check out Centennial Olympic Park and watch the madness.

Max’s Brick Oven Pizza (300 Marietta St. NW; 404-974-2941): Sit out on Marietta Street and eat some superb pie that comes out of a classic Italian brick oven. The meatball subs and fried green tomatoes are as good as you’ll find anywhere in the city.

Googie Burger (In Centennial Olympic Park at “Fountain of Rings,” near Andrew Young International Boulevard and Marietta Street; 404-223-4664): No time to sit down? Grab a classic, messy burger in all kinds of combinations at this funky walk up joint in Centennial Olympic Park. Are you really gonna do better than a spiked vanilla shake to get you ready for kickoff?

Taco Mac (100 Techwood Dr., 404-835-1192): A beer selection kissed by the gods and as many classic Taco Mac wings as you can woof down alongside it. You can smell the testosterone.

Alma Cocina (191 Peachtree St. NW; 404-968-9662): I love the unique tequila selections and the on the money margaritas, but it’s the memorable and unique interpretations of classic Mexican fare that has you wondering how long has downtown had food this tasty?

29 comments Add your comment

dick whiskey

November 28th, 2012
8:22 am

jennifer brett do you have a thing going with steak shapiro? why else would you keep writing about a no talent old bald headed fat obnoxious fool like this guy, he is a hack and should’nt even be on the air, and this fool is starting to think he is the face of the ATL


November 28th, 2012
9:01 am

What I leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrnneeeeeeeeeddddddddddddddddd.


November 28th, 2012
10:00 am

Doesn’t the AJC have their own staff of dining critics? Why in the world would you publish this nonsense. Plus, eat at chains much, Steak? Legal Sea Food and “best in world” anything should never be mentioned in the same day, let alone the same sentence. Really?


November 28th, 2012
10:17 am

I am a fan of Steak but I have an issue with this ‘piece’

#1 – He has equity in Stats so def a conflict of interest. Also, i have been there and its not that great food wise.

#2 – Legal Seafood’s food is subpar at best.

#3 – Ruth’s Chris is by far the worst of the ‘big’ steakhouses in ATL. While I know this article is about the Centennial park area…..dont mention it just becasue it is the only one down there.

#4 – Taco Mac???? Really??

Davis McCollum

November 28th, 2012
10:53 am

HAL’S on Old Ivy – PERIOD…!


November 28th, 2012
11:04 am

Steak – love ya but you can do better than this. How can you possibly mention Ruth’s Chris in a city with so many great steak places???


November 28th, 2012
11:05 am

I enjoy his sports show. I know the guy likes to eat… but is that all it takes to be a food critic for your paper?


November 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Don’t forget about Sidebar. Decent food, decent beer selection. Off the beaten path enough to not be jam packed on a gameday but still an easy walk to the Dome.

A Real Foodie

November 28th, 2012
11:52 am

Seriously? Get with it. With so many great, indies, to dine at in Atlanta, you mention only less than stellar chains? What about places like Miller Union, Top Flr, Bocado, JCT, Ray’s, Livingston, H&F, Eugene, Watershed, There, Valenza, Bones, Rathbuns, Kaleidoscope, 4th & Swift, Aria, Canoe, Serpas, One Eared Stag, Spense or Two Urban Licks? These are restaurants that truly represent the Atlanta Culinary scene, not chains like Legal or Taco Mac. I’m surprised you didn’t list Ruby Tuesday’s or McDonalds. Sorry buddy, but your list is pure awful.

steak shapiro

November 28th, 2012
11:58 am


Criteria is that it is walking distance from the Georgia Dome, that narrows the list quite a bit. Also trying to offer up varying price points and cuisines. Chains are a big part of Atlanta and we have some solid one’s near the Dome. Again, high end to low end, family atmosphere to hard core partying, trying to give enough options. Thanks for the feedback regardless….


November 28th, 2012
1:11 pm

Nice work Steak! I would say the best of the bunch is Alma Cocina. The antipasto at Max’s definitely needs a shout out.


November 28th, 2012
1:59 pm

it’s called downtown dining people…not a lot to choose from. Pay attention…
I would have included No Mas in there but not much really happening downtown…Side bar is a good call


November 28th, 2012
2:25 pm

Wait. If he really has an equity stake in Stats, this article should come down immediately. Can anybody verify?


November 28th, 2012
2:53 pm

No Mas is indeed great, but its tucked away a little. (best guacamole though!)


November 28th, 2012
2:58 pm

legal seafood???/ average–even the locations in boston. Write about top local places, not national chains.


November 28th, 2012
3:05 pm

Poor Steak. It’s not his fault that the Downtown Atlanta dining scene leaves few good options. If you’re tailgating, hit up Jamal’s Buffalo Wings across from the Dome. Some of the best wings in Atlanta.


November 28th, 2012
3:16 pm

Steak has no equity stake in STATS….

Low class

November 28th, 2012
11:16 pm

I would love to meet the losers bashing Steak on here. My hunch is they are unattractive, unsuccessful and have zero self esteem. Hope you feel better about yourselves. I mean seriously, what type of person would hide behind their computers and make comments like this?


November 29th, 2012
10:57 am

“Multi-talented host”? Really? With that pink shirt and martini, steak looks as if he is taking his wife shopping, not the SEC Champ game. Good grief!

What a joke

November 29th, 2012
3:26 pm

Maybe the worst dining review piece ever published…especially given Steak is a partner at Stats and he has it #1 …what a suprise…Please leave the dining review in ATL to professional like John Kessler. Hopefully the AJC made Steak pay for the ad space on the site

A Real Foodie

November 29th, 2012
5:11 pm

To OMG, I’m pretty sure SS has a stake (no pun intended) in Stats.

What a joke

November 30th, 2012
7:45 am

Before Lincoln Financial Group purchased 790…Steak owned 790 and 790 owned and operated out of Stats…Read the 10Q

A fan

November 30th, 2012
9:55 am

Please quit talking about your connections and people you know on your radio show. It is unseemly here in the South, and you and your crew’s constant self promotin is tiring. Your sports knowledge is unquestioned, and the connish has won me a few bucks, but please have a modicum of modesty.
Also, that “things I leaaaaaarned” thing is just ridiculous and makes me turn the radio off. Better than those fools down the dial though…..


November 30th, 2012
11:07 am

The article is about places in walking distance of the Dome, not the best in town.

John J

November 30th, 2012
12:44 pm

I would crawl on my hands and knees to the “Busy Bee” from the dome!


November 30th, 2012
2:27 pm


Love the show and have followed you guys since your days down the dial.
Please, DON’T quit talking about food! You are spot on (most of the time) and hilarious at that.
You guys add a lot of color to the AM Sports Talk Radio scene in Atlanta!


November 30th, 2012
5:08 pm

Seriously. Steakfrank Shapiro talking about food. I don’t think so. I tried listening to his show on the radio, but could never quite stomach it. Too much self-hype and self-promotion. I miss the days when Gerald Riggs talked sports on the radio in Atlanta. That was good sports talk radio. Not this garbage on now days. PS Legal Seafood is Sub Par. Ruth Chris overpriced. Taco Mac???? Good Grief. Come on, Chopped Steak Shapiro, go back to your real job, please.


November 30th, 2012
6:03 pm



December 1st, 2012
9:39 am

Good varied take on take on places in close vicinity of dome.
Based on some of the criticisms it appears reading comprehension is not some peoples strong suit.
Must be a lot of Georgia grads on the boards. No worries they will disappear to not be heard from again about 7:30 tonight.