Cartoon skulls color the ragged wooden sign outside Matador's, creating a rustic, yet playful, atmosphere where cuisine from the Michoacán region treats taste buds to an authentic taste of Mexico. Pulled pork, tilapia, and tofu are just a sample of what's stuffed into the tortillas of 14 types of tacos, which sate south-of-the-border cravings quicker than a deep-fried bolo tie. Combination plates and vegetarian options round out the menu at the restaurant's two locations, both of which offer spacious patio seating. At the newer Glenwood Park location, patrons can relax in a separate bar area as flat-screen TVs glimmer across intoxicating bottles of top-shelf spirits.
Twisted Taco is a cookery cantina that honors the scintillating flavors of the Mexico-Texas border in a family-friendly atmosphere complete with a jumbo HD projector and a game room stocked with arcade games to gnaw on postdinner. Diners can dine on the breezy outdoor patio, or take things inside to comfortably sip house margaritas while appetites percolate over Twisted Taco's menu.
T J's owner and former Atlanta Flames hockey player Tim Ecclestone founded his restaurant on the fact that, for decades, sports fans have gathered to enjoy big games over burgers, hot wings, and beer. He spent one of those decades helming Timothy John's, a Sandy Springs party spot, and has dedicated two more to running his current show?T J's Sports Bar & Grill. There, a kitchen works overtime on game nights to sling a menu of char-grilled burgers, piled-high sandwiches, and pizzas to throw at the mob of 60-odd televisions when the ref makes a bad call. Behind the bar, bartenders kick open the kegs and pour tall glasses of Miller Lite, Budweiser, Coors, and Michelob Ultra, all represented by bright neon signs mounted on the eatery's walls.
Crowds may initially flock to Jeffrey's Sports Bar and Grill to catch the big game, but the bar gives them plenty of reasons to stay long after the final whistle blows. For starters, there's a full-service bar, a variety of flavored hookahs, and a finger-food-heavy menu of nachos, burgers, New York?style pizza, and wraps. And then there's the entertainment. In addition to classic bar games, such as darts, billiards, beer pong, ping pong, and full-contact peekaboo, Jeffrey's also features poker tournaments several nights a week, as well as live music and karaoke.
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.
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.