Top Atlanta Spots to Grab Tailgating Eats

Leave the cooking for your tailgate party to one of these Atlanta restaurants.
  • Who can resist barbecue? Atlanta has a number of great 'cue spots like Smokebelly in Buckhead. (Sara Hanna Photography)
    Who can resist barbecue? Atlanta has a number of great 'cue spots like Smokebelly in Buckhead. (Sara Hanna Photography)
  • Atlanta based Chick-fil-A offers a variety of platters perfect for tailgating.
    Atlanta based Chick-fil-A offers a variety of platters perfect for tailgating.
  • Another local company, HoneyBaked Ham, offers its signature spiral cut ham as well as platters.
    Another local company, HoneyBaked Ham, offers its signature spiral cut ham as well as platters.

Atlanta and Southerners love food and football. So to combine food with football is the equivalent of pure bliss — heaven on asphalt. Atlanta has a number of great restaurants where you can get a variety of plates, platters and finger lickin’ good dishes for a first-class tailgating party.

  • We can’t talk tailgating without putting The Varsity at the top of the list. “What’ll ya have, what’ll ya have,” is this drive-in’s favorite saying, and for our tailgate party we’ll have the Varsity’s famous hot dogs, chili burgers, onion rings and fried pies.

  • Of course barbecue is always perfect for a tailgating party. A new entry into the city’s dining scene is Grand Champion BBQ, located at the Krog Street Market. This restaurant, which also has locations in Roswell and Milton, offers dishes such as beef brisket, macaroni & cheese, and baby back ribs. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is another Atlanta favorite and will deliver your order (for groups of more than 15), to you before the big game. Moe’s Original BBQ calls itself “tailgate headquarters” and offers pulled pork, ribs, wings and chicken smoked over hardwood. Smokebelly, located in Buckhead, is ready to serve up a great tailgating party. The restaurant offers a Baron of Pork (pulled pork, two sides), Duke of Smoke (two meats, three sides) and the King of ‘Cue with three meats and three sides for all your party needs. In addition, you can order appetizers, sweet treats and beverages.

  • Atlanta-based HoneyBaked Ham offers a variety of options including sandwiches, pastas, salads and, of course, its world-famous spiral-sliced hams. 

  • MetroFresh has developed a cult following for its ever-changing menu and innovative dishes that use fresh ingredients. For the perfect tailgate party that is healthy, let MetroFresh put together its personal box lunches or buffets. 

  • Taco Mac is synonymous with chicken wings. Stop here for a variety of platters that would be a big hit at any tailgate party. In addition to wings (original, roasted or boneless), Taco Mac offers a variety of dips and other party favorites such as grilled chicken wraps and a Triple Play Tray, which consists of boneless wings, mini corn dogs and onion rings.

  • Another favorite tailgate option is Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, which can offer a variety of trays of its famous chicken, including nuggets strips, grilled chicken sub, cool wrap and chicken salad sandwich trays as well as garden salad, chick-n-minis and cookie trays.

  • Want a little international flair for your tailgating party? Go over to Peachtree Battle Shopping Center (or have them deliver) and order from Maki Fresh, which not only has trays of sliders (beef, salmon, chicken), but also panko platters (chicken or shrimp) and trays of maki rolls.

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Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for national and local publications.

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