Music venues are bountiful in the Atlanta area ranging from small, intimate settings such as the “OTP” favorite, Matilda’s Under the Pines, to large outdoor amphitheaters that can seat 10,000-plus audience members. The next time you plan to see a show, head out early and grab a bite from one of these five best places to eat before a show.
1093 Hemphill Ave. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Antico Pizza has earned the approval of Zagat’s editorial team and is listed as “One of the Top Rated Pizza Joints in America” with local yelpers rating the establishment a 4.5 on a scale of 1-5 with over 1,000 user reviews. The secret to Antico’s success can be attributed to its commitment to authenticity and fresh ingredients prepared in the same manner as was used to create Neapolitan flatbread, the origin of modern pizza. Legend has it that Naples pizzaiolo, Raffaele Esposito, used this same method in 1889 to create a pizza in honor of the visiting Queen Margherita. This small, high-energy pizzeria offers a BYOB policy and is a top pick for a pre-show dinner at the Tabernacle, Fox or other venues in the downtown Atlanta vicinity.
Flip Burger Boutique
1587 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
Those looking for a trendy spot to dine before taking in a show in the Chastain area can feast on a wide array of gourmet burgers, nitrogen milkshakes including the beloved Nutella and burnt marshmallow shake and customer favorite, sweet potato tots with coffee BBQ and blue cheese at Flip Burger Boutique. The innovative and tasty treats are created by culinary wiz Richard Blais, winner of season eight “Top Chef All Stars” who has also been featured in Food and Wine Magazine and other media outlets for his translation and preparation of American eats.
5316 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Fellow sushi fans are going to love this gem. Sushi Nami is located in Alpharetta near Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park. This local favorite was opened in 2001 and is regarded as one of the best sushi restaurants in Atlanta by die-hard sushi fans. Although the prices are a bit steep compared to similar dining establishments, the super fresh and unique creations presented at Sushi Nami are sure to outweigh the above-average expense. Original favorites include the Big “O,” Shannon at Maui roll, Tommy Sunset roll and Ikemen roll.
The Porter Beer Bar
1156 Euclid Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
The Porter Beer Bar located in Little Five Points has earned high marks from beer lovers nationwide for its expansive beer selection, friendly service and delectable pub food. If you find the task of selecting from a beer menu that consists of over 800 beers a bit daunting, have no fear as the knowledgeable wait staff is ready, willing and able to recommend the perfect ale to accompany and complement your meal. Featured in Atlanta Magazine‘s “50 things every Atlantan must do,” voted as Best Beer Bar in the country by ratebeer.com in 2011 and 2012 and a semi-finalist for Best Bar Program by the James Beard foundation in 2012 and 2013, The Porter Beer Bar is a prime spot to grab “supper and suds” before catching a show at Variety Playhouse, Five Spot, Masquerade or another venue in the Little Five Points/Virginia Highlands area.
103 Roswell St.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Known for one of the tastiest margaritas in town, creative Mexican dishes and lively crowd, Pure taqueria has been catering to the OTP crowd since 2005 when the original location in Alpharetta opened in an abandoned 1920’s Pure Fuel Oil station. Since that time, Pure has grown into one of the most successful franchises in the Atlanta area with five metro locations that draw a packed house most nights of the week. Although valet parking is available, rarely is there enough space to accommodate the number of patrons, so be prepared to get there early to secure a space. For “adults only” entertainment, check out the rooftop bar in Roswell or Woodstock that features live music several nights per week.
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