You can order more than just your classic burger or hot dog when catching a game at Dream Restaurant and Sports Bar. Chefs create unique twists on American staples to create a full menu of flavor fusions. They top burgers with toppings that range from classics like chili cheese to more eclectic flavors found on the Island burger—a patty drizzled in Jack Daniels Caribbean jerk sauce and a slice of pineapple. Chefs top the all-beef hot dogs with combinations such as BBQ sauce, bacon, and cheddar, or scoops of baked mac and cheese. These pair with the unique flavors of house cocktails, which range from sweet to sour.
In Irish Bred Pub's kitchen, cooks simmer beef in Guinness and brown gravy and stuff shepherd's pies with savory meat. Patrons can dig into Irish favorites or venture beyond the Emerald Isle to taste the cajun flavors of chicken and sausage jambalaya and shrimp sautéed in cajun seasoning. On Mondays and Wednesdays, visitors belt out karaoke favorites, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take on trivia challenges to recall obscure facts, such as the name of America's current president.
GME Sports Lounge and Grill's walls boast more than 40 flat-screen TVs and six projector screens—all of which, of course, ensure fans don't miss a minute of the big game, unlike a toddler who dislikes sports. Patrons can cheer on their favorite team while cheersing over buckets of beer, pitchers of long island ice tea, and rum punches. They can also communally fill their bellies with a number of shareable pub grub platters, including plates piled high with nachos, tater tots, and spicy wings. But those who want a hearty meal all for themselves can dig into cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, and fried fish sandwiches.
Executive Chef Tara Mayfield's mastery of the kitchen manifests in the form of an all-American menu at TEN Atlanta, an inviting restaurant that charms diners with upscale touches and down-home comfort food. From chicken livers with madeira sauce to house-made pimento cheese sandwiches and fried pork chops with a peach mango chutney sauce, the dishes here are both familiar and fancy—just like a postman who always wears a tuxedo. The brunch menu includes eggs, pancakes, and shrimp and grits, in addition to house-made jams and sweet potato fries.
Midtown Atlanta has plenty of gay bar options, but Burkhart’s Pub remains a popular spot due to its weekend-only drag shows, which kick off to capacity crowds at 11 p.m. If you’re hoping to catch the show yourself – or simply want to enjoy the tiny dance floor – plan on arriving early, lest you be left out in the cold. Smoking is allowed in certain parts of the bar, and with cheap drinks and a friendly crowd nearly every night of the week, Burkhart’s remains a low-key spot for the city’s gay population to come together. Waits at the bar can be lengthy during peak hours, but with a neon-lit second level and plenty of nooks for hiding away in, there’s always at least a little room to maneuver.
At Blu Canitna, chefs play with the traditional flavors of the Caribbean and Latin America to create inventive fusion dishes. They toss wings in spicy peach-bourbon sauce, and they put an upscale twist on beef brisket tacos by adding a dollop of creme fraiche infused with cilantro. They also turn plates of nachos and quesadillas into hearty meals by topping them with proteins such as brisket, tilapia, and smoked chicken. These all pair with aromatic hookahs and an extensive drink menu that showcases margaritas in unique flavors such as Sassy Strawberry Sriracha, which tastes like a combination of spicy chilies and alliteration.