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?