Steak Shapiro’s Guide to Downtown Dining for the SEC Championship


There are plenty of places to eat in Downtown Atlanta serving a variety of food and drink. You can find a spot with burgers and wings, bars to grab a beer or two at, and yes, even places offering some healthier options. I’m sharing my picks for awesome places to eat, all in the downtown Atlanta area. This year’s Championship will be unforgettable, and so will your food!

Alma Cocina (191 Peachtree St. NW; 404-968-9662)

I love the unique tequila selections and the on-the-money margaritas, but it’s the memorable and unique interpretations of classic Mexican fare that have you wondering, “how long has downtown had food this tasty?”

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Dantanna’s (One CNN Center #269; 404-522-8873)

This may be the closest restaurant to the Dome, but it’s nothing even close to generic sports bar food. The upscale sports restaurant features dark wood, lots of flat screens for great game viewing and large private booths. I love the “Freuben” sandwich, delicious steaks and She Crab soup.

Der Biergarten (300 Marietta Street NW; 404-521-2728)

Yes, it’s Atlanta’s only downtown German Beer Garden, and it really delivers. The brats are killer, the beer is crisp and the patio makes for tremendous people watching before the game.

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Googie Burger (In Centennial Olympic Park at “Fountain of Rings”; 404-223-4664)

No time to sit down? Grab a classic, messy burger in all kinds of combinations at this funky walk up joint in Centennial Olympic Park. Are you really gonna do better than a spiked vanilla shake to get you ready for kickoff?

Legal Sea Foods (275 Baker St. NW; 678-500-3700)

This New England transplant has a downstairs bar with best in the world chowder, fresh oysters and lobster rolls. All go great with the multiple flat screens that adorn the place.

Max’s Coal Oven Pizza (300 Marietta St. NW; 404-974-2941)

Sit out on Marietta Street and eat some superb pie that comes out of a classic Italian brick oven. The meatball subs and fried green tomatoes are as good as you’ll find anywhere in the city.

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Meehan’s Public House Downtown (200 Peachtree St.; 404-214-9821)

Chef Brian O’Rourke makes delicious things happen with shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and killer burgers. This is a place that knows what a cold beer should taste like.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (267 Marietta St./Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park; 404-223-6500)

Time to impress some big-wig clients with mouth watering steaks, New Orleans style sides and a classic martini. Grab a seat on my favorite patio to check out Centennial Olympic Park and watch the madness.

Taco Mac (100 Techwood Dr., 404-835-1192)

This spot offers a beer selection kissed by the gods, which all pair well with as many classic Taco Mac wings as you can woof down. We can smell the testosterone already.

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Ted’s Montana Grill (133 Luckie Street NW; 404-521-9796)

Start with the pickles, throw down an awesome bison burger, and close things out with the heated chocolate chip cookie, — you can’t go wrong. Bar seating beats the wait.

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 Twin Smokers (300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313; 404-698-4707)

You’re in for some trouble at Twin Smokers — double trouble that is. This BBQ masterpiece is known for out-of-control brisket, mac n’ cheese, pulled pork…and even their Bourbon Vanilla Milkshake (aka the “double trouble”). Go here for great grub all around — it’s the perfect spot before the big game.

Want more restaurant inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV this Saturday at 8:30 p.m after the Championship Game and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.!


  1. Lane:dont' forget Lunacy Black Market - after the game!