Atlanta, home to the Braves, the Falcons, the Hawks and the Thrashers. Everyone enjoys a great ball (or hockey) game. But when you go, do you eat? What do you eat? What is there to eat? With many people today, eating healthier is a goal. It seems that some local restaurant owners, fast food merchants and even stadium concessionaires are taking the hint. There is, however, something to be said about having a large slice of cheesy pizza at a basketball game or a hot dog with onions and chili at a baseball game (yum, yum, yum). Oh, where was I?? Oh, yes, some people want better choices.
Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers
Philips Arena makes healthy eating available to you with their First Horizon Club. The First Horizon Club, however, ONLY serves the Suite and Club Seat ticket holders. If you are not, then you get to choose from typical-not-really-too-healthy-sports fare. Their club, though, is setup is like a food court, of sorts, with a plethora of choices that will appeal to most palates, while still allowing you to view the game either live or on closed-circuit TV. Yes, they still have regular stadium food like pizza, gourmet brick oven to be exact (on a deliciously crispy, yet soft, thin crust.) If pizza isn’t your thing or you are in the mood for something a little more gourmet, you can walk on over to Prici Di Fibbi, NAVA, Buckhead Diner, Too and the Atlanta Fish Market. If you’re already familiar with Buckhead Diner and Atlanta Fish Markets, you may be happy to know that BD’s famous Blue Cheese Fries and AFM’s delicious crab cake sandwiches are on the menu. If you arrive early enough, you can even make reservations or place an order with the chefs at The Center Club, Philips Arena’s exclusive restaurant. In true sports style, some are not eaters, they are drinkers. So, of course there are plenty of alcoholic options including the Absolut Vodka martini bar. The bartender prepared this wonderful concoction for me, the details of which I was not privy to. If you are not a Suite or Club Seat ticket holder, then you are welcome to choose from the regular stadium menus around the arena.
Turner Field also offers a good variety of stadium food and beverages on every corner of the stadium and several portable stands. They do also offer 2 great restaurants – The Braves Chop House, in the Outfield Plaza, and The 755 club. The Braves Chop House is open to all guests with a game ticket, whereas, the 755 Club is a members-only restaurant and sports bar. They have also recently opened the Suntrust Club at Turner Field which boasts Mediterranean stuffed Springer Mountain chicken breast with wild mushroom risotto, white truffle oil and balsamic reduction. Wow, that was a mouth-full, but it sounds delectable.
The Georgia Dome also has its own restaurant, In-Zone, which is open for pre-game dining and entertainment and quick cocktails during the game. On the club level, you can choose from burritos, pulled pork, BBQ ribs or even a hot dog if you choose.
It seems that they are making some strides, but it would be nice if there were healthier options for those of us who are pinching our pennies. So unless someone decides to donate a pair of Suite or Club Seat Tickets to me, I will be content to eat before the game or go out afterward.