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Atlanta Restaurants Tackle the Super Bowl
Eat Up Valentine's Day Meal Specials
Bantam + Biddy Crescent Ave. Now Open
Roll 'em: New Cocktail Cart at Gunshow
Get Guaced: Tin Lizzy's YouTube Page
Social Save Shares Restaurant Specials Forward
#foodgram: @handletheheat
Appetizing Aperture: No. 246 All-You-Can-Eat $6 Pizza
Pinterest: Super Bowl Snackers
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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 at Atkins 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.


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 from Sweet 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.

Babes and Beaus Will Eat Up These

Valentine's Day Meal Specials




Tuck a "let's eat out" note in a box of conversation hearts. Surprise that special someone with a romantic dinner in. Soloists, celebrate at a party designed for you. Atlanta restaurants and stores help make Valentine's Day and Valentine's weekend special in any love language.


A romantic prix fixe dinner for two awaits at Midtown's 10th & Piedmont. From 5-11 p.m. and for $39 per person, enjoy a first-course tasting for two of goat cheese crispies, salmon roulade and seared tuna with pineapple-jalapeño salsa with plantains. Second course dishes include Australian lobster tails, surf and turf and roasted rack of lamb. Dessert boasts chocolate soufflé for two. Reservations: online or call 404-602-5510. 


Roswell couples have a whole weekend to celebrate at Aqua blue. From Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16, enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu featuring New England-style clam chowder, lobster salad, 12-ounce rib-eye with tempura shrimp, twin stuffed lobster tails, classic crème brûlée and tiramisu. $50 per person, not including tax or gratuity. À la carte menu is also available. Reservations: 770-643-8886.  


À la carte choices abound at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Valentine's Day. Plates include crispy potato ravioli, pork belly confit with torched-caramel crust, pan-roasted black grouper, mustard- and herb-crusted lamb and chocolate-orange pots de crème. Reservations: 404-876-7249. 


On Valentine's Day, Bantam + Biddy chef Shaun Doty features a dinner menu flashback to his former restaurant, Shaun's. The three-course meal, available at both restaurant locations, includes a complimentary poinsettia cocktail. Start with jumbo shrimp cocktail, prime beef tartare or fava bean salad with mint, black pepper and Pecorino Toscano. Entrée options include schnitzel, grilled Scottish salmon with caper and egg vinaigrette and arugula salad, and crab cake with Napa cabbage slaw. Red velvet cake or toffee pudding sweetens the meal. $25 per person. Reservations: Ansley Mall, 404-907-3469; Crescent Avenue, 404-835-6450.


Chocolate South has gorgeous and gourmet chocolate boxes to gift and share. The Chocolates for Two box holds 20 special bonbons, two of each flavor, plus 10 dark chocolate mendiants. Holding nine bonbons, all containing a different type of liqueur, the Cocktail Hour box includes a solid chocolate bar that reads "LOVE." The One and Only box includes one each of some of Chocolate South's most popular bonbons. For information or to place an order: 404-815-8859. 


Midtown's HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern offers Valentine's night specials for all guests, attached or solo. A couple's dinner featuring the regular menu plus chef's specials takes the 5-11 p.m. slot. From 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m., singles party on with all-you-can-eat pizza and all-you-can-drink beer and bubbly ($29 per person). Reservations: online or call 404-968-2288. 


Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in Historic Crabapple offers specialty cocktails, a prix fixe dinner menu and live music on Valentine's Day. Executive chef Derek Dollar's menu includes creamy butternut squash soup, lobster and jumbo lump crab cakes, red velvet trifle and more. $59 per person. Reservations: 770-817-0161. 


It's a three-day Valentine's weekend, February 14-16, at Old Vinings Inn. A special menu features fried green tomatoes, petit filet and crispy lobster tail, pecan mountain trout, red wine-braised short ribs and more. Reservations: 770-438-2282.


From Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown is offering a Valentine's Day special for two. The three-course menu is $30 per person. Reservations: 404-267-0114. 


Embrace the special Valentine's Day prix fixe menus at all three Ray's Restaurants on Friday, February 14. Reservations and locations: online.


Find heart-shaped brownie pops, cookies, red velvet cupcakes, pastries and other treats for your sweetie pie or sugar babe at Sweet Dee's Bakeshop in Tucker. Place large orders by Friday, February 7 to ensure pickup by Valentine's Day. Some treats are available the day of for those wanting to purchase small amounts. Information and orders: 770-696-4461.


Flowers, wines and heartwarming recipes from Whole Foods Market help you plan a romantic evening at home. Use their recipe to make a flavorful, slow-roasted lamb tagine with dates. Surprise your sweetheart with a beautiful bouquet of fair wage and environmentally friendly Whole Trade flowers. Impress a beer-loving beau with Winnimere cheese, washed in Deschutes beer, from the Cellars at Jasper Hill. Store locations:



New Bantam + Biddy Now Open in Midtown with Coffee for Early Birds, Dinner for Night Owls




Rise up, early birds. Newly opened Bantam + Biddy is serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and adult beverages seven days a week at Crescent Avenue and 12th Street in Midtown. Meet up for business and a power breakfast of fried chicken and waffles or a pastured three-egg omelet or stop in for a refuel cuppa after a fast morning walk. As does its Ansley Mall sibling, the new eatery features local JB Farms eggs, organic Alabama milk and all-natural and pastured poultry on its menu ($5-$14). Lunch and dinner choices include "meat-and-two" options such as a quarter or half chicken or eco-friendly pork loin, meatloaf made with White Oak Pastures grass-fed beef along with other entrées ($12-$16). Sandwiches range from Southern fried chicken or California club to a falafel wrap. A mighty salad line-up features the "Power House" topped with egg, roasted broccoli, sprouts, organic almonds and other goodies, and an organic spinach salad with quinoa, apples and goat cheese, among others. Gluten-free seekers will find plenty to please. Sides and desserts make for even more satisfaction. Little Cluckers, 10 and under, enjoy a special $8 menu featuring fried chicken tenders, rotisserie chicken, whole wheat quesadilla and other kid favorites with organic juice or milk. Gotta go? Call in to the carry-out counter (404-835-6450), and with 30 minutes notice, your "Family Meal" ($45) for three to five people is ready to go, with rotisserie chicken, meatloaf or 24-ounce roasted pork loin, an organic green salad, jalapeño cornbread, choice of dressing, three sides and a half-gallon of freshly brewed tea.


Easy roosting -- enter Bantam + Biddy directly from the 1010 Midtown parking garage on Crescent Avenue; the first two hours of parking are free. Weekdays, the espresso bar pours Batdorf & Bronson coffee beginning at 6:30 a.m., and the restaurant begins serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. weekends. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday night, 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 p.m. on Saturday.




Roll 'em: Gunshow Cocktail Cart Takes Drinks for a Tableside Spin




Popular Gunshow in Glenwood Park is known for its cart wheels. Bartender Mercedes O'Brien rolls the cart out from the kitchen and pauses tableside to woo and wow with the evening's creations. New to the wagon train: the Cocktail Cart will greet guests with a choice of two different cocktails to be mixed tableside and complementing the night's dishes. A spicier menu may bring out a smoked old fashioned with Belle Meade whiskey, flamed cinnamon stick and orange oil while a lighter gin cocktail better suits a menu based on green vegetables. Curated cocktails are $8 each. Chef and owner Kevin Gillespie plans on keeping the kitchen fun rolling by adding more Cocktail Cart choices down the road.



What's It Like to Get Guaced? Tin Lizzy's Cantina YouTube Page Shows All




We're not sure how to spell the act of splattering a guacamole mask on someone's face. We do know where to watch it. Tin Lizzy's Cantina has a new YouTube page where you can catch this birthday prank, get taco-building advice and enjoy more fun-loving short takes. Check in at home or while you're partaking of a grilled taco and margarita at any Tin Lizzy's Cantina location around Atlanta.



Social Save is a New Way to Share Restaurant Specials Forward



You've run across a delicious discount on your Facebook newsfeed, a tantalizing Twitter menu offer or a provocative Pinterest post with promotional pricing. Newly launched Social Save provides a way to "share it forward" and help businesses and customers connect. There's nothing to buy so you won't have to worry about using up a pre-purchased coupon before an expiration date. Look online or download the free app to view specials that others are uncovering and post some of your own. Filter by Atlanta neighborhood, day or experience such as girls night out, date night or nightlife. Social Save saves you money and time - and it might save the date!







Tessa loads up her page @handletheheat with curiosity-piquing photos that you can't help but click on to see where they'll lead. Sometimes it's to slow-cooked shredded chicken, sometimes it's to inspiring sunsets. Just knowing that this culinary arts student chronicles from sunny Arizona is enough to warm keyboard tapping fingers! 


Appetizing Aperture


Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee

Friday and Saturday late nights are great nights to stop by No. 246 for $6 all-you-can-eat Margherita and salami pizzas as well as a full bar menu of cocktails, wines and beers. The downtown Decatur restaurant is staying open until midnight on weekends beginning Friday, January 31. Could be the perfect nightcap!



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RA Sushi Party Platter 


Flanking your television screen with a delectable defensive lineup from our Super Bowl Snackers board is a sure-fire way to avoid party penalties. Football pizzas, vegan snacks, gluten-free dips, beer-candied bacon, pep-corn, health-conscious eats and meaty positions fill our field. Dual-duty players such as individual seven-layer dip cups keep things neat, portioned and discourage double-dipping. Not mentioning any names.