Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Western Teams, Northern Stadium, Southern Parties - Atlanta Restaurants are Ready to Tackle the Super Bowl Showdown on February 2


Cheers, tears, suspense, spirits. Sunday, February 2 promises one big night of Super Bowl action, an eye-popping halftime show and those highly anticipated commercials. Time out! What's your game plan? Whether it involves running long or staying put, Atlanta restaurants and businesses are ready with the assist on indoor viewing, food and beverage specials and team-worthy carry-out options.

Teaming up in Midtown, 10th and Piedmont and G's Midtown are combining forces to host a doubly super Super Bowl block party. Hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs plus beer specials keep spirits high no matter who you're rooting for to win. Join in the "Beer Bust" from 3-6 p.m. to benefit Joining Hearts. Reserve your spot online.

Order end zone dance-worthy platters for dine in or take out atAtkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Dive into platters of 50 Big Green Egg smoked wings with spicy barbecue sauce or 50 Atkins Park confit wings with sweet chili-garlic sauce or Atkins Park wing sauce; both platters are accompanied by veggies and blue cheese and buttermilk ranch dips ($45). Other platters include 20 grass-fed beef cheeseburger sliders ($40) and 20 Big Green Egg smoked pork sliders with tomato barbecue sauce ($40). For extra points, grab a quart of guacamole and a quart of salsa with tortilla chips ($20). Place orders by noon on Saturday, February 1 for Sunday, February 2 pick up by calling 404-876-7249.

Load up on all-natural chicken wings and tenders at Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall. They'll fly out of the kitchen at 50 cents each! Dunk sauces like barbecue, wasabi honey, ranch and blue cheese are available at an extra charge. For more information or to place an order, call 404-907-3469.

Test your game during the big game at Game-X in Downtown's Luckie Marietta District. Participate in Bar Olympics each quarter to compete for X-cards and gift cards. The top combined score for all four of the events will receive a $100 gift card. Competing games include Nothing but Net, Two Minute Drill, NBA Hoops and Skeeball. Guests must register from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, February 2 to compete. For more information, call 404-525-0728.

Go big and go home to watch the game prepped with carry-out fare from the Old Vinings Inn SuperFeast 2014 menu. In the à la carte zone, snap up pimento cheese and flatbreads, barbecue beef brisket sliders with horseradish sauce, seven-layer dip, potlikker collards, celery root and apple slaw, a "huge" pretzel with mustard and cheese fondue sauces, D2 jumbo chicken wings with Don's house-recipe hot sauce, or chow chow deviled eggs ($1-$15). Order desserts by the piece -- miniature fudge cake with salted caramel, carrot cake squares and Key lime tarts ($1.50 each). Team SuperFeast ($145) serves eight to 10 players and includes pimento cheese flatbreads, barbecue beef brisket sliders, D2 jumbo chicken wings, collards and celery root and apple slaw. Call 770-438-2282 to place your order.

Your big game viewing and noshing will be just as exciting and cost a whole lot less than in the stadium at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern where you'll find half-priced wings, $10 pitchers of Miller Lite and $2 shorties waiting to be downed. Reservations: 404-968-2288.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown scores major points with a variety of sushi platter options including salmon, yellowtail, tuna and shrimp nigiri as well as a wide range of sushi rolls, vegetarian options and customizable platters. All platters come ready to roll with wasabi, soy sauce, ginger and chopsticks. To order, call 404-267-0114.

STATS in downtown Atlanta's Luckie Marietta District counts down to the big game with specials leading up to Super Bowl Sunday:

Tuesday, January 28 - $6 nachos or wings
Wednesday, January 29 - $5 burgers
Thursday, January 30 - Three sliders for $4
Friday, January 31 - Three tacos for $5
Saturday, February 1 - $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts
Sunday, February 2 - $1 Cinerator cinnamon whiskey shots, $13 buckets and $17 100-ounce towers of Budweiser or Bud Light

Both sides taste sweet victory when desserts such as logoed cupcakes, football cookies and football-shaped brownie pops fromSweet Dee's Bakeshop in Tucker are on the board. Place orders right away by calling 770-696-4461 or visiting the website.

Touch down at Tin Lizzy's Cantina for party food to fill any size game table, including half pans of cheese, steak, grilled chicken and veggie quesadillas that feed up to six ($24.99-$48.98). Chips and salsa, queso and guacamole score extra points. One pan of chips and a quart of dip serves 10-12 football fans. ($8.49-$26.99). Catering is available for pick-up only. More catering and location information is available online.

Whole Foods Market piles on healthy eating options with recipes, ingredients and prepared foods to fill big bowls and top hot gridirons. Dips, burgers, brats, wings, shrimp, pizza - all are fair game! For game day recipes and photos, click here.

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