Cuisine Type: American staple
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Chicken wings
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Though its menu spans everything from fried shrimp to baby-back ribs, J.R. Crickets Lounge's staff isn't shy about stating its main focus: chicken wings. These delicacies come in seven flavors such as mild, medium, and hot buffalo, barbecue, lemon pepper, and teriyaki, and accompany chicken tenders or battered fish with fries in combination platters. As they indulge in the classic American cuisine, diners watch big games on Sundays or take in the sights and sounds of occasional live entertainment.
Modifying menu items has irritated servers for centuries, directly leading to the Colfax Riot of 1873, the Attica Prison Riot of 1971, and the decline of R & B music. Today’s Groupon avoids world-altering events by letting you orchestrate your own orders: $10 gets you $25 worth of food and drink at The Real Chow Baby, Atlanta’s first and only create-your-own-stir-fry restaurant. Chow Baby is believed to be impervious to the harm of the natural world and all human weaponry, but rumors exist of a Nap Baby, born at the exact same moment and radiating concentric circles of pure, narcoleptic calm. Perhaps, if they are one day reunited, this madness will finally end. Until then, color-coded Chow Baby alert levels hold steady at fuschia: wary.
Visiting Bone Lick BBQ is as much about the experience as it is about the food. Inside, a skee-ball machine from 1945 stands alongside classic tabletop arcade games, and old school rock n' roll spins atop a record player (patrons can even bring in their own vinyl and get a complimentary PBR for their effort). Further entertainment comes in the form of TVs above the bar and the occasional live act, including comedy every Wednesday evening.
Even with such a fun, laid-back atmosphere, the food still shines at Bone Lick. Its chefs rub beef, pork, and chicken in secret spice blends, then cook them for hours on end over hickory and pecan woods. While the meat cooks, the chefs stay extremely busy—they make everything on their menu from scratch every day.
They bake corn bread, braise collards in pork, and blend jalapeños into mac 'n' cheese. They also whip up homemade pickles and cider slaw to lay atop pulled-pork sandwiches on griddled texas toast. Even the cotton candy, funnel cakes, and Granny Pearl's pecan pie are made in-house, though no one knows how Ms. Pearl keeps sneaking into the kitchen unnoticed.
At the bar, which is made from recycled shipping pallets, mixologists concoct creative cocktails, such as bacon old-fashions. They also send out crisp Georgia drafts and American-crafted whiskies.
Forget the dry, overcooked turkey lurking untouched in the center of your holiday table. Today's side deal to Black Tie Barbecue puts a succulent, fully cooked, hickory-smoked turkey on your Thanksgiving table for $30, a $95 value. The friendly caterers at Black Tie Barbecue have never had an embarrassing Thanksgiving and want to share their success with your family. They'll fully prepare a 10- to 12-pound bird to juicy, smoky perfection for you to pick up between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, at Phipps Plaza. Serve your bird chilled, or follow Black Tie's handy reheating instructions to fool your family into believing you've done it yourself.
Owners A. D. Allushi and Ian Winslade, who previously opened Buckhead Bottle Bar, recruited Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia to create a casual, elegant space for the savoring of French-inspired brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes. Ignite evening ingestion with a warm goat cheese and caramelized onion tart starter ($8) before marching towards a main entree such as beef short ribs, saucily dressed in a red vinaigrette and accessorized with an onslaught of bacon and green beans ($22). Chicken milanese, like an edible Snow White, cohabitates with seven spices and a saffron aioli cream ($15), and the potato gnocchi plays nice with baby vegetables in a buttery garlic medium ($12). Lunch lures in diners with whispers of rare roast beef sandwiches ($8), croque madames ($9), and a sumptuous lamb sandwich ($8). Whiny weekend stomachs find reprieve in a bounty of brunch items, such as the shrimp and grits, zestified with a sun-dried-tomato vinaigrette ($9), and the classic eggs benedict ($12), which, upon review, have been deemed to taste at least three times better than Benedict Arnold.