A reflective, honey-colored bar beckons groups into this upscale tavern, where bartenders administer epic pours of more than 15 domestic and imported brews to accompany four solidly stacked gourmet burgers. Newly sharpened incisors can slice through the classic Creekside burger or guide heat-seeking tonsils toward the Lonestar Peach burger, which totes around grilled green chili and zesty barbecue sauce. Straps of smoked bacon and flecks of blue cheese secure juicy beef burgers to their buns, ensuring patties don't fly off to join local skeet-shooting teams. For the Holy Moly burger, the eatery's grillmaster pairs cool guacamole with grilled tomato and fiery pepper jack cheese for a palate-boggling beef experience. Beer, such as Sweetwater IPA, Peroni, or Blue Moon, flows like water off a buttered decoy's back, as groups of two or four split their attention between rousing conversation, parlor games, and the incandescent glow of flat-screen televisions.
In spirit with the olden days of romantic turkey-leg gnawing by firelight, Olde Towne serves up an extensive menu of protein-packed fare, including grilled meats, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, hand-tossed pizzas, gourmet salads, soups, and more. Pique your palate with an order of Chesapeake crab fritters served with roasted red-pepper aioli and wasabi slaw ($9.99); or Cajun chicken nachos, topped with wood-fired chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, and a mix of cheeses ($7.99). Jumbo fresh fried chicken wings come doused in your choice of sauce (house specialties include lemon pepper, ranch, and lemon-yaki), served with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing ($8.99 for 10). Treat your mouth to some wood-fired protein, such as prime rib served au jus with horseradish ($12.99 for 8 oz.), chicken Florentine stuffed with spinach and artichoke dip and topped with sun-dried tomatoes and a demi glaze ($13.99), or seared tuna served with veggies, wasabi slaw, and one additional side ($13.99). To satisfy the mini taste sensors on your fingertips, try a handheld creation such as the Black and Blue Burger (bacon and blue, jack, and cheddar cheeses, $8.50) or patty melt (Swiss and American cheeses and sautéed onions on rye, $8.99), and satisfy creative impulses with a build-your-own pizza topped with your choices from Olde Towne's bevy of meats, veggies, and cheeses (starting at $9.99 for 14").
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.
It'd do you well to get to Sidelines Grille Acworth well before the game starts. Not only do you want to make sure you get a great seat (NFL Sunday Ticket and plenty of other games are broadcast via a projector), but it'll take a minute to figure out what to order from the expansive menu. The appetizers alone count nearly 20 dishes, ranging from shrimp and grits to chili nachos. For a meal, the options continue to diversify, including all-day breakfast, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and entrees such as barbecue shrimp and chicken fried chicken. If there's no game on, start your own at the pool table or on one of the arcade games. Just don't invite the kiddies along to play?you'll instead want to focus on a bar stocked with more than 50 beers and the fixings for plenty of cocktails. Sidelines is a smoking establishment.
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.