Thanksgiving is all about family, food and football–not necessarily in that order. Several Atlanta restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, and the only thing better than watching at home may be going to a restaurant where there are lots of television screens. Here are some of the best Atlanta restaurants for watching football on Thanksgiving Day.
Brown Sugar Ham and Football
Perhaps roasted rosemary turkey is just what you need. (📷 Hudson Grille)
Hudson Grille, which has several locations including Downtown and Midtown, is a top spot for watching all the football games on Thanksgiving Day. Don't worry about missing a game; several large television sets hang from the ceiling. The folks at Hudson Grille will have several fall and holiday favorites on the menu since it's important to keep your strength up in order to keep track of all the games. Try the brown sugar-glazed ham with house-made cranberry sauce, honey-braised carrots, scalloped potatoes and a warm dinner roll or the roasted rosemary turkey breast with cranberry-orange sauce, cornbread stuffing with turkey gravy, and mac & cheese.
Diesel Filling Station in Virginia-Highland has a different take on Thanksgiving. That establishment is holding a potluck dinner, so bring a side, sit down, watch the game and Diesel will provide the entree. Diesel is a lively sports bar with lots of television sets, including on its heated outdoor patio.
Beer and Football
With more than 20 TVs plus ample bar and high-top seating, High Velocity at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is a fantastic place to sit, order a beer and watch the game.
Irby's opens just in time to watch the Falcons. (📷 Chil and Co)
Irby’s Tavernin Buckhead dubs itself “Atlanta’s hometown sports bar,” and it is the perfect place to watch the Falcons on Thanksgiving. The restaurant will open at 7:30 p.m., just in time for the game.
HOBNOB Times Two
Hobnob with other football fans at, you know, HOBNOB.
HOBNOB at the Perimeter and Brookhaven will be open with the games front and center. HOBNOB’s Midtown location, however, will be closed.
Wings and Brew
Taco Mac, one of the best places to have wings and a beer, will be open from 4 p.m. to the usual closing time. There are several locations around town, all of which are perfect for game-watching.
Cheer the Falcons in Inman Park.
Hampton + Hudson, a community restaurant and bar serving locally sourced seasonal pub fare in Inman Park, will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day-again perfect for watching the Falcons. There will be a special food menu as well as drink specials, and the day's football games will be playing on televisions throughout the restaurant.
Shuck and Shell
Have some raw oysters with your game.
If you are in Buckhead or Downtown, head over to Dantanna’s to catch the game. Sports fanatics can dive into its Shuck and Shell Appy Hour featuring $1 raw oysters and 50 cent peel and eat shrimp from 4 to 6 p.m.
Cabbagetown’s Milltown Tavernwill open its doors at 6 p.m. It’s a terrific neighborhood pub that’s perfect for watching the big games after dinner.
Ice Skating, too
Park Tavern in Piedmont Park is pulling out all the stops. Not only will it be open for Thanksgiving but so will its popular ice skating rink. Skaters can hit the ice during half time and then catch their favorite teams on multiple flat screen TVs.
Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland is doing it all. Not only is Atkins Park offering a Thanksgiving menu along with its regular items, but there will be a large crowd watching the many screens and rooting for their favorite teams.
Turkey Dinner To Go
Murphy's does the cooking; you take it home and do the eating.
Murphy’s, the iconic Virginia-Highland restaurant prepares a four-course Thanksgiving meal to go that is paired with wine. The meal serves four persons for $155 and there is a non-turkey option for $95. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated upon request. The menu includes butternut squash soup, mixed green salad and roasted, boneless, brined turkey breasts along with sides such as maple-glazed sweet potatoes, cranberry and orange chutney, apple cider turkey gravy and green beans. For the fourth course choose among pumpkin, Fuji apple, Georgia pecan or Toll House pies. For $59.99 you can also bring home a Thanksgiving four-pack of wine.
Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for national and local publications.