It's hard to imagine a restaurant that epitomizes the great American diner better than Huddle House. Since 1964, the restaurant?which has locations scattered prominently throughout the southern states?has warmed bellies with burgers, hearty breakfasts, and heaping helpings of friendly hospitality, available 24-hours a day. Even the moniker is All-American: founder John Sparks came up with the name after a football huddle, hoping it would inspire his customers to gather round a table and swap stories over a warm meal.
Over the years, Huddle House's menu has expanded and adapted to changing tastes, but its focus has remained the same: old-fashioned, American comfort food. No matter what time it is, guests can order up biscuits smothered in gravy and cheese or dig into the shop's signature waffles, whipped up using a secret recipe and waffle irons that can't read. Afternoon eats include chopped steak burgers served with regular or sweet potato fries and sandwiches with a southern twist, like a Philly cheese steak stuffed between slices of thick-cut Texas toast.
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.
The chefs at Mango's Sushi and Sports Bar delicately coil up sushi rolls and sauté entrees on hibachi grills. They fill the menu with salmon, asparagus, spicy scallop, and crabmeat rolls, as well as entrees such as chicken fried rice, teppan-style steak and shrimp, and teriyaki chicken wings.
Away from the stadium lights and pyrotechnic touchdown dances glimmering from the bar's flat-screen televisions, delicate glass pendant lamps hang over the sushi bar, where patrons can pull up a stool to sip on fruit-infused sakes and watch the chefs at work.
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.