Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Draft Atlanta Restaurants into Play for Your Super Bowl LII Viewing and Chewing Team Feb. 4

What’s your Super Bowl LII game table and viewing plan for the big game on Sunday, Feb. 4? Home viewing flanked by catering or carry-out? Perhaps you’re envisioning one of Atlanta’s FAN-tastic restaurants as your game-day end zone for big screens, big cheers and a full roster of beers? Decide like the pros: hold a coin toss and honor the call. Unlike the gridiron showdown where either the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots will get rings and Super Bowl LII glory, this is a win-win situation.

Take-Away Specials
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland plans Super Bowl LII takeout platters to prepare your team for well-fueled viewing. Appetite-tackling options include creamy spinach and artichoke dip with chips ($30); fried “mac n’ cheese bites” ($35); bacon cheeseburger sliders ($30/dozen); brat burger sliders with caramelized onion, cheddar cheese, sauerkraut and stout mustard ($35/dozen); and Texas fried chicken sliders ($35/dozen). Atkins Park jumbo chicken wings rule the field. Get two dozen smoked on the Big Green Egg or confit with veggies and a choice of sweet chili garlic, spicy BBQ or Atkins Park’s classic wing sauce and ranch or blue cheese for $30. Place orders by noon on Feb. 3; pick-up time scheduled at time of order; call 404-876-7249.
Babalu Tapas & Tacos offers multiple packages for groups ranging from intimate gatherings to full on football teams. Order the "Half Time Fiesta" for guacamole and a taco bar priced at $15 per person with a 10 person minimum. "1st and 10 Platters" include Baba wings ($5), torta Cubana bites ($5), mini Baba burgers ($7.50) and a dessert sampler ($2.50), priced per person with a 10 person minimum. Earn extra points for add-ons like pico de gallo ($7), hummus ($12), guacamole ($16), dulce de leche cheesecake bites ($2 each) and cayenne chocolate truffles ($2 each). Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. Pick up available on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; call 404-900-9595.
Food 101 cheers on game-day nibblers with to-go wings that can be ordered in advance and picked up before 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4. Although closed for dinner Sunday evening, football fans can enjoy brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. before picking up orders. Call 404-497-9700 for details.

gusto! encourages fans to pick their favorite players for a “build your own gusto!” self-serve buffet. Choose two gusto! flavors, such as the wildly popular chipotle mango avocado and seasonal white chili pimiento, to go along with mixed greens, brown rice, grilled chicken, grilled portabella mushrooms and a boatload of house-made sweet potato chips. Vegetarian, vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free choices are available. Add drinks and desserts and you’re ready for kickoff. “Bowled orders” are available for small groups (under 20 guests). Free delivery with $100 order or stop by and get it to go. Contact Trey Strawn at the Peachtree location in Buckhead, 678-800-8372 or; or Ryan Harrison on Ponce, 770-856-7417 or

Henri’s Bakery & Café puts football-shaped and team-themed cookies into play. Pick up a few on Saturday at the new Henri’s Bakery Westside location or the Buckhead or Sandy Springs shops for tailgates or game-watching parties. All locations are closed on Sundays.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails wallops game-day appetites with à la carte and package options. Choose Kentuckyaki, smoky medium or pickle-fried wings with celery and blue cheese dressing ($25/25 pieces); signature sundried tomato, spinach and artichoke or black-eyed pea hummus dips with house-made lavosh and crostini ($25 per quart, serves eight); and veggie or fruit platters with dipping sauce ($20, serves eight). The team’s ecstatic about assembling a package for your party. Family package satisfies eight guests with 25 wings, one dip and 10 chocolate chip cookies ($55); Party Package feeds 15 guests with 75 wings (25 each flavor), both signature dips, one veggie platter and 25 chocolate chip cookies. Place orders online by 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 and pick up Sunday, Feb. 4 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Questions? Call 770-817-0161.

Storico Fresco Alimentari scores big points for any party with their wide selection of meats and cheeses. Make your own platter at home, or have the retail shop create a custom antipasti platter for you. Even better, bring in your own platter and let the friendly faces behind the retail counter design one atop your favorite tailgating tray. Don’t forget to grab a tiramisu or burnt ricotta pie for the perfect game-day dessert! Questions? Call 404-500-2181 or email

Taco Mac’s catering options are a win for fans of all ages. Place orders of wing party platters and pick up before 1 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday to earn a $10 bonus gift card for every 50-wing tray purchased. Make it home with plenty of time before kickoff, and be the MVP of the viewing party? Now that’s a win-win.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina catering touches down at home parties for big game FlexMex feasting. A taco buffet wins points, lining up a choice of meats, black beans, Jack cheese, lettuce, flour tortillas, pico de gallo, choice of sauce, and chips and salsa ($10/person). Stacked taco bar adds grilled onions and peppers, guac and rice ($12/person). For sideline action, add chicken tenders ($4/person), salad ($2.50/person), queso or guac ($1.50/person), bag of tortilla chips ($5/serves 10) and “The Grand Tinale,” fried tortillas tossed in cinnamon and sugar ($1/person). Tin Lizzy’s also can provide tea, lemonade, bottled water and disposable chafing dishes. Order takeout online, call 404-846-6011 or email
Restaurant In-House Viewing Specials

We can already hear football fans cheering for chili at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. During the game, both the Brookhaven and Midtown locations will run an $8 chili special and serve a pileup of chili fries for $9.50.

Hone in on great game views, those renowned wings and beers from a seemingly gridiron-long list at all Taco Mac locations. No matter which team you root for, you can still be on the Brewniversity team -- a champion choice for beer aficionados.

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