Atlanta: where the hair is high, the peaches are big, and the cuisine is lit. So lit that the city’s been dubbed “Hotlanta,” though you’ll want to avoid using that nickname to blend in with the locals.
As host to this year’s Super Bowl, the bustling metropolis will welcome thousands of visitors from all parts of the country. And whether you’re an L.A. Rams or New England Patriots fan, we all have one thing in common: the desire to eat amazing food.
Lucky for you, we’ve filmed and compiled a Take 5 Atlanta dining guide that offers five delicious options in five different categories, all picked by five local celebrities and influencers. There is truly a restaurant for every type of person, craving, and even diet (on Super Bowl weekend? Blasphemy!).
So loosen up your belt buckle and chug that bottle of Pepto. It’s time to eat more calories than a lineman and have zero regrets whatsoever. (Keto can always start next week. Or next month if you need recovery time for your losing team.)
Healthy Recharge: MetroFresh
Your stomach is going to need a massive break from all the beer, chicken wings, and chili you’ll most definitely consume over the weekend. MetroFresh, a fast casual restaurant in Midtown, offers all of the nutritious soups, salads, and sandwiches you crave after shameless binging. In fact, the food is so fresh that you won’t know what’s on the menu until you get there. Find a way to squeeze in a meal (or seven) before leaving town. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you.
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City Classic: Irby’s Tavern
It only makes sense to visit a sports bar during the Super Bowl and Irby’s Tavern is one of the city’s most iconic. Featuring a wide variety of award-winning craft beers, oversized burgers and sandwiches, along with a clever dessert menu (hi, grown-up Dunkaroos!), the Buckhead hot spot is second-best only to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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Most Instagrammable: Yebo Ski/Beach Haus
Not many dining establishments can tout a rotating menu that complements a rotating interior design, but South African-inspired Yebo achieves just that. The food is truly the star with signatures like ostrich bolognese and biltong, paired with playful interpretations of traditional cocktails. Needless to say, it’s an Instagram influencer’s dream locale, as it always lends itself to the sights and tastes of the season.
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Hidden Gem: R Thomas
If you’re looking for entree recommendations to come from a parrot, R Thomas has a few (rescued!) feathered friends to offer assistance. Nestled in a tent among kitschy souvenirs and island decor, this 24-hour grill not only welcomes patrons with a fun and festive environment, but also delicious and healthy food that defies diner stereotypes. The salmon fish tacos are a must, as are the homemade smoothies with immunity boosts like ginger and coconut.
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Sweet Spot: Sublime Doughnuts
Picked by my first grade teacher Ms. Freda Hubbard Pittard
There are hundreds of amazing bakeries that whip up delicious doughnuts, but Sublime truly lives up to its name with a bevy of one-of-a-kind offerings. Highlights include the Orange Dream Star, Sweet Potato Cake, and a Fresh Strawberry ’n’ Cream whose latter ingredient is one of the most decadent things you’ll enjoy all year. This is the place to start your day…or end it (Like R Thomas, it’s also open 24 hours. #dangerous)
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