Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
Moe’s dishes out Southwestern savories in a friendly, pop-culture-inspired atmosphere in which ingredient freshness is taken seriously. Despite strong pressure from the powerful small-appliance lobby, Moe's never uses freezers, microwaves, animal fat, lard, MSG, or food reanimators. Scarf up some free chips and salsa before starting an appetizing affair with the Homewrecker Burrito ($6.89), which fills out its tortilla tuxedo with a pound and a half of meat, beans, rice, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole. Chicken club quesadillas ($7.49) provide poultry-powered palate pleasure, while kids’ meals ($3.29+) allow mini-munchers to feel like grown-up gastronomes without having to tackle adult tasks like paying taxes or destroying incriminating evidence. As you slide into your seat, keep an ear out for the music—Moe's prides itself on only playing the tunes of dead musicians, most of whom were alive when their music was recorded.
Georgia Rib Company infuses high-quality pork, baby back ribs, beef brisket, and chicken with smoky barbecue flavor. Its menu overflows with southern classics, such as stuffed potatoes, barbecued-pork sandwiches, and beef brisket. Sampler platters offer tastes of baby back ribs, brisket, and pork, like a meaty take on neapolitan ice cream. The 17,000-square-foot eatery’s art-deco-drenched confines accommodate ample appetites during special events, and its cooks bring their food to the masses via catering services.
Baked's owners firmly believe that even families who are constantly on the go should be able to gather together over a quality meal. That's why the creators of Atlanta tapas restaurant Red Sky decided to open Baked, a place where chefs craft healthy to-go fare for a population of busy families, giving them "precious time to create quality moments and memories, instead of creating a mess to clean." Staff members constantly refresh the menu with family-favorite comfort foods, such as mac 'n' cheese, composed of penne in white-cheddar sauce, and shrimp with stone-ground grits. A separate kids' section caters to small mouths, and a dessert menu to sweet teeth. Ready-to-eat feasts are often coupled with boutique wines that arrive in cute bags and boxes ferried right to car windows by friendly employees, and the chefs donate leftovers to local nonprofits instead of just eating them all themselves.
“A man hath no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.” A quote pulled from the pages of Ecclesiastes never seemed so befitting of a restaurant, but the friendly staff at BrickTop’s helps their guests fulfill this lofty goal. The chefs cook up gourmet flatbreads, ahi-tuna steaks, and slow-roasted prime rib. On the weekends, friendly servers bestow tables with brunch selections such as decadent housemade donuts, crab benedict, and chicken with waffles. Within BrickTop’s upscale corner of the modern Terminus building, guests are welcome to indulge in bloody marys, mimosas, and cocktails carefully crafted at the bar. BrickTop’s treats all of its guests to complimentary valet or validated parking to ease the stress of finding a spot for a hijacked parade float.
Warm, natural wood covers the floors and half-paneled walls at Napoleon’s Grill, where an exposed ceiling showcases decorative flourishes such as wagon wheels, wooden barrels, and dangling lantern lights. These embellishments, along with an expansive beer selection and Zagat-rated menu (very good to excellent), helped earn the eatery a Readers’ Choice award as the best pub in 2012 from Patch.com. High-top tables and sleek booths populate with platefuls of buttermilk-fried chicken, spicy crab cakes, and panko-crusted-eggplant sandwiches, as well as homemade accouterments such as soups and sauces. The chefs also smoke their own wings, slow roast their own pulled pork, and hand form their own burger patties into perfect circles or slightly off-kilter dodecahedrons.
This lovingly crafted comfort food pairs with the pub's laid-back atmosphere, which extends to friendly trivia tournaments and live acoustic-music sets throughout the week. The restaurant also strives to help the community by donating a portion its proceeds to local charities and schools.