During live filmings in Metroplex Theater of Fine Arts' enormous dining room, the actors of Saturday Nite Live in Atlanta put a local spin on sketch comedy. The show invites guests to sit back and snack on a four-course Italian meal and, if they choose, jump on stage to join in on the comedic antics. The two-hour tapings intersperse comedic performances with the delivery of meal courses, filling plates with chicken encrusted with roma tomatoes and mozzarella, spaghetti and meatballs, or vegetarian and gluten-free entrees. Additionally, a souvenir DVD—replete with a backstage feature revealing the secrets behind the curtain's tightly sealed lips—lends clients a permanent record of the production.
Situated behind a charmingly rusty edifice, Carroll St. Café provides hearty rustic fare in a comfortable environment. Settle down at a glossy tabletop and peruse the extensive menu options for breakfasty brunch, tasty sandwiches, tapas, entrees, and more. Get your morning off to a fresh Flemish start with a Belgian waffle ($11) topped with fruit and served with scrambled eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage (pork, chicken, or soy), or hurtle yourself ahead to a plate of blackened shrimp and grits ($10). Herbivores might enjoy the veggie wrap ($7), a flour tortilla stuffed with guacamole, pico de gallo, roasted red peppers, and mixed greens, and hunger-havers at the other end of the meat spectrum can delve into the filet mignon ($24), 8 ounces of grilled meat in a house demi-glaze, paired with veggies and a potato of the day.
B. Beattys chefs follow the time-honored family recipes that were handed down from their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. They begin each morning with breakfast, rolling up their sleeves and firing up grills before whipping up fluffy omelets and crispy chicken and waffles. Come lunchtime, they turn their attention to customized sandwiches, layering toasted rolls and sourdough bread with slow-roasted pork, fried turkey, and bacon. When dinner rolls around, they load plates with hearty servings of catfish, rib-eye steaks, and pork chops. The accommodating chefs invite guests to personalize many menu items, encouraging diners to choose seasonings for their meats and take a moment to come up with a nickname and backstory for each one of their french fries.
Servers flit about the casual dining room, where sunlight streams in through towering windows. Diners sit at booths and tabletops, sipping on smoothies and shakes.
Located just a mile away from the Georgia Dome, Phillips Arena, and World Congress Center, Super 7 Pizza Shoppe solves the problem of where to get tasty pre-game or pre-concert food, fast. Freshly baked pizzas, all-beef hot dogs, wings, and turkey franks are just a few of the choices, whether customers want to dine-in or grab food on-the-go. The pizza shoppe also sells a light assortment of groceries for added convenience.
The Greek tempts perusing patrons with a full menu of healthy, time-tested tastes of the Balkan Peninsula. Starters such as plates of dolmades of rice and spice-stuffed grape leaves ($3.95), or spanakopita ($3.95) and hummus spread with cucumber and pita wedges (3.75) alert slumbering stomachs to coming main events. Specially prepared pizza—once thought of as the actual food of the gods because Zeus ordered in at least three nights a week—is available by the slice ($2.25+) or in 12" ($8.45+) or 16" ($11.95+) iterations, with tasty topping options including minced garlic, gyro meat, chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes (each added for an extra cost). The Greek’s gyros subtly combine lamb and beef, and customers can order them as tsatsiki-sauced pita wraps ($6.45) or open-faced gyro plates served with Greek potatoes ($7.95) and a side of political philosophy.
• For $5, you get $10 worth of American fare during lunch. • For $7, you get $15 worth of American fare during dinner. The menu at Burger Bar & Lounge offers a spectrum of burger sizes to sate appetites weighing in at up to 16 ounces, plus an array of specialty burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches. Burgers begin at a modest 2.5 ounces ($3.79), growing to the monstrous 16-ounce burger ($8.79), and are made with organic meats that have never been frozen or teased. Specialty burgers crafted from a gardenful of veggies or a Thanksgiving tableful of turkey offer savory alternatives to beef ($5.25–$6.49), while a side of sweet-potato fries ($3) provides a dulcet substitute for its salty french cousins. Ten different flavors of wings—including lemon pepper, teriyaki, and curry—season tongues ($6.95–$32.95), and a variety of shakes cool them down with a thick flow of flavored ice cream ($4.50). Beer and cocktails are also available to cleanse palates between bites.