Behind the horseshoe-shaped bar, Cedarcrest Tavern's bartenders pop caps from beer bottles, pull draft taps, and shake cocktails with top-shelf liquors. More than 20 televisions broadcast sports games throughout the tavern, from their ceiling mounts above the bar or tucked into individual booths. Elegant candelabras, framed mirrors, and wood accents contrast the utter modernity of the sprawling flat-screen monitors.
The TVs aren't the only sizeable rectangles at the restaurant—the large menu presents hand-cut fries, burgers, and steaks, which can be enjoyed over games of trivia on Tuesday nights. Other events—such as ladies' and guys' nights, college football celebrations, and live music or DJ's—make Cedarcrest a leisurely destination, unlike Accounting World, where you get to ride rollercoasters, but only while filling out 1040 EZ forms.
In April of 2011, a group of friends on a fishing trip—all veterans of the hospitality industry—got to talking about their love of food as they cooked their dinner around a campfire. The smoky flavors, crackling flames, and friendship merged into an idea to create a barbecue joint with traditional Southern comfort fare and an interactive dessert element.
Today, diners pile into wood-backed booths to dig into ribs slathered in house sauce, smoked sausages, and a menu stocked with homestyle fare. From three types of mac 'n' cheese—traditional, broccoli, and pulled pork—to fresh-ground burgers made with short ribs, brisket, and ground chuck, the kitchen crew crafts its own takes on classic comfort fare as flat-screen TVs flicker above the bar. The dessert section includes do-it-yourself s'mores that are toasted tableside by a portable burn pit and touted as "the only dessert in town that requires a disclaimer," an honor previously held by torch-it-yourself crème brûlée.
Wings plus beer plus sports?that's the winning formula at Fast Eddies Sports Cafe. An Atlanta fixture, Fast Eddies began slinging wings and pizzas in 1995, and though its initial location has since changed, its emphasis remains fixated on good food, cold drinks, and fast-paced sports. Whether on the look out for tonight's Braves', Hawks', or Falcons' game, you'll find it on one of Fast Eddies' many flat-screen TVs. As a result, the bar usually fills up with sports fans cheering for their team and chowing down on signature pizzas and wings. The jumbo wings, fried and tossed in a choice of sauce, are a fan favorite, available in more than a dozen flavors, including sweet red chili, habanero, and lemon pepper, to name a few. Chefs prepare dough and sauce daily for their made-to-order signature pizzas, and whip up every sports-bar staple imaginable?think thick burgers, mile-high nachos, and hearty pasta. Any day of the week friends, families, and fans can enjoy a meal, a drink, and a game, cheering for favorite teams or the most artful slow-mo camera angle.
Games of Keno or Texas hold'em add a bit of risk to a night at Locals Bar & Grill—unlike the menu of comfort-food classics, such as hand-cut fries piled next to similarly handcrafted burgers. Ten-inch personal pizzas come with custom toppings that range from bacon to banana peppers. Chicken wings are served by the pound and are also customizable, featuring lemon-pepper, honey-barbecue, and other sauces. Tacos, nachos supreme, deviled eggs, and homemade chili round out the menu.
With its chair-lined bar, cozy wooden booths, and flat-screen televisions playing every big game, Ralph's Tavern exudes all the charm of a neighborhood pub and grill. Lingering is hardly a problem since the eatery remains open until as late as 2 a.m. on weekend nights and starless weekday evenings. To help keep hunger pangs at bay late into the night, the cooks prepare an eclectic variety of hearty comfort foods that are still classics nonetheless. Sandwiches made with Boar's Head deli meats appear alongside shrimp fajitas and linguine with meatballs and homemade marinara sauce. Additionally, the cooks make their signature burgers by grilling patties of 100% Angus beef and topping the finished creations with everything from smoked gouda and caramelized onions to fried green tomatoes and spicy mayo.
Founded in 1995 with one location at Chattahoochee Plantation, Universal Tennis Academy has since grown to include seven other locations located throughout the Atlanta area. At the Joseph D. McGhee Tennis Center and Washington Park Tennis Center, tennis pros help developing players hone their skills with focused drills, match play, and challenge ladders, focusing on attitude and work ethic as well as technique. Eight of McGhee's nine hard courts and all eight of Washington Park's courts stay lit in the evening, allowing competitors to play their unresolved matches in the dark without lighting the ball on fire.