A new season of Atlanta Braves baseball is upon us, and while the team might be struggling early, fans have been awaiting the first games at the brand-new SunTrust Park for months.
The park is a shiny ode to baseball, but there’s also a lot happening off the field and even outside the stadium. SunTrust Park has an area for kids – complete with carnival games and a zip line – and plenty of bars with massive TVs in the shade for those hot summer days when you’ll undoubtedly need to get out of the sun for a few minutes.
Then, there’s the Battery Atlanta – a massive complex outside the stadium that has shops, restaurants and even concert venues. If you can’t find something to get into, you’re not looking hard enough.
To save you the trouble of figuring it all out yourself, here’s a brief rundown of all the eateries you can expect to see at SunTrust Park and the Battery.
The Heavy Hitters
- Coors Light Chop House: Now boasting three levels, the bigger, better Chop House might also be in right field like its Turner Field predecessor, but that’s where the comparisons end. Enjoy a large indoor bar or go outside and snag a seat with a chilled cup holder designed to keep your drink colder than when it was served – even on those 90-degree summer days. At field level, there’s Below the Chop, which will need to be reserved by your group beforehand. Keep reading to find out about the third level, which will have a familiar name (and flavor).
- First & Third Hot Dog and Sausage Shack: Adjacent to the center field gate and accessible from both inside and outside the stadium, chef Hugh Acheson’s take on the ballpark favorite is a hit. He uses meats from Austell, Georgia, butcher Patak Meats; if you haven’t been there, you’re in for a treat. Another secret is that you can score a $5 domestic beer here, and you won’t find a cheaper beer anywhere in the stadium.
- H&F Burger: When Bill Murray visited Turner Field for a Braves-Cubs game, he famously told the TV broadcasters, “This place smells like burgers. I’ve never been to a stadium that smells like burgers.” Thanks to H&F Burger, SunTrust Park should have much the same smell. Visit the restaurant at the top of the Chop House, or check out the concession stand at Section 155.
- Terrapin Taproom: There’s nothing wrong with an ice-cold Terrapin on a summer day, and now, the Braves have a brewery inside the stadium. Accessible from inside and outside the park at the center field gate, this is more than just a bar and brewery. It’s also the home of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, which will serve its sandwiches and meats that are consistently known to be among the best barbecue in the nation. Be sure to try the Chopsecutioner – a beer brewed using baseball bats. Seriously.
- Waffle House: There’s never a bad time to eat breakfast foods, and Waffle House is there if you get a craving for a waffle or some hash browns. Located near Section 311, you’ll see it tucked away in a corner above H&F Burger and to the right of the Xfinity Lounge.
Restaurants at the Battery
- Antico Pizza: The well-known Westside pizzeria opened its third location at the Battery, and it’s one of the closest restaurants to the stadium gates. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to BYOB, as is allowed at other locations. You can see a menu of their Westside restaurant here.
- Sports & Social ATL: Spanning two floors, this bar can certainly brag about its 30-foot TV that shows Braves games and can be seen from both levels. This place has three sizable bars, plenty to eat and lots of games – you’ll find skeeball, ping-pong, shuffleboard, air hockey and a golf simulator. There’s also a lovely patio upstairs that overlooks the stadium; if lines are too long at the gate, head upstairs, grab a drink and watch for the lines to die down.
- Yard House: The second Atlanta location (the other is at Atlantic Station), this California pub chain opened Monday at the Battery. This place boasts 130 draft beers and one heck of a menu. They’re open until at least 12:30 a.m. every night of the week.
- Todd English Tavern: The celebrity chef serves upscale pub food at this restaurant that’s one piece of “Live! At The Battery Atlanta.”
- PBR Bar and Grill: No, this place isn’t named after Pabst Blue Ribbon; it’s actually named for the Professional Bull Riders Association. This is the second such bar to set up near a baseball stadium – the first PBR Bar and Grill is located near St. Louis’s Busch Stadium. Yes, there is a mechanical bull.
- Haagen-Dazs: Cool off with some of their delicious ice cream or gelato. This arrived at the perfect time – right as temperatures started to rise in Atlanta.
Opening in June
- C. Ellet’s: Linton Hopkins – you may recognize the name (ahem, H&F Burger) – will open this Southern steakhouse after the Braves return from their second lengthy road trip of the season. In addition to steaks, Hopkins said he plans to have New Orleans-style dishes on the menu, like gumbo and barbecue shrimp.
- FEED Fried Chicken and Such: Sure, there’ll be fried chicken, as the name suggests, but you can expect a lot more from chef Marc Taft, whose other restaurants include Chicken and the Egg, located just west of Marietta Square. You’ll also be able to try Southern foods like catfish, country fried steak and fried green tomatoes. It’ll be fast-casual before games, but they’ll also do sit-down service for lunch and dinner on other days.
- Goldbergs Bagel Company and Deli: This well-known Atlanta deli is opening a location at the Battery. Free idea: swing by before the game, get a bucket of their egg salad, slip it into a plastic bag with some bread and take it into the stadium (this may not be the best idea for hot Sunday afternoon games). You won’t regret it.
- Wahlburgers: The famous Wahlberg family’s chain of burger joints is opening its first Atlanta-area location at the Battery. Their website gives us a peek into what the menu will generally look like.
Opening Later This Summer (dates according to AJC.com)
- Burn by Rocky Patel (July): The Naples, Florida, cigar bar will open its second location at the Battery, and although it won’t be a restaurant like everything else on this list, you can stop here for a victory cigar and a cocktail after a Braves win.
- Cru Food and Wine Bar (July): For the wine-and-cheese crowd, this will be a hit. Prepare to sample a wide variety of wines and enjoy cheese plates, and if you’re a little hungrier, try one of their stone-fired pizzas.
- El Felix (July): By now, you’re probably like, “Hey, where’s the Tex-Mex restaurant?” Ford Fry, who’s famous for other Atlanta restaurants like King + Duke, The Optimist, No. 246 and also for putting kale on the Chick-Fil-A menu, will open his second El Felix at the Battery this summer. Expect a wide variety of tacos, but also plenty of other Tex-Mex fare.
- Punch Bowl Social (September): First & Third won’t be the only Acheson-owned spot at the stadium – Punch Bowl Social promises to be worth the wait. Opening just in time for a playoff run (amiright?), this place will feature bowling, bocce ball, a 360-degree bar and so much more. They’ll serve lunch, dinner and late-night snacks, as well as brunch on weekends.
Other Concessions Inside the Park
(Source: Eater Atlanta)
- 1871 Grille: Sections 113, 141, 215, 239, 313, 331, 343
- Bar: Sections 108, 216, 238
- Ballpark Classics: Sections 116, 135, 146, 240, 312, 326
- Ballpark Sweets: Sections 120, 147, 219, 322, 332
- Braves Big Bites: Section 113
- The Carvery: Section 312
- Centerfield Market: Section 149
- Chick-fil-A: Sections 143, 221, 244
- Dessert Dugout: Sections 320, 331
- Dippin’ Dots: Sections 111, 145, 217, 231, 314, 341
- Field of Greens: Section 148
- First & Third Hot Dog & Sausage Shack: Chop House Gate
- Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q: Section 153
- Fry Box: Section 320
- Gu’s Dumplings: Section 148
- Intentional Wok: Section 148
- Kernels Korner: Section 112
- King of Pops: Centerfield Market (Section 149)
- Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream: Sections 139, 159, 243, 319, 340
- Potato Cutter: Section 138
- Sandlot Snacks: Section 155
- Sausage Haus: Section 347
- The Slice: Sections 107, 150, 215, 239, 313, 343
- Smokey Q: Sections 113, 212, 233, 317, 339, 343
- Taco Factory: Sections 151, 313
- Tomahawk Taphouse: Sections 131, 212, 233, 321, 334, 344
Finally, if you’re just too hungry to wait to eat at the park or the Battery, grab a sandwich and some mac and cheese at Heirloom Market BBQ. Less than two miles from the stadium, this is one of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in the South, as well as one of the most beloved outside-the-perimeter restaurants, even though it’s about 50 feet inside the perimeter.Follow @Sean_Breslin