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Food and Football in Atlanta

From cheap-eats at the Falcons game to historic restaurants, we definitely didn't starve.

Our first stop off the plane was Paschal's, the meeting place for civil-rights activists including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The restaurant is famous for fried chicken and other comfort food favorites like Mac and cheese, fried catfish, and peach cobbler. Book a reservation.

After the game, we ate at The Varsity, the Atlanta staple serving chili dogs and onion rings for more than 75 years. Each guest is greeted with, "What'll ya have?" including Elvis and Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama who have dined at the restaurant. Here's another fun fact - Clark Gable ate at The Varsity while waiting for the opening of Gone with the Wind.

Our last meal in Atlanta was at Mary Mac's Tea Room. Tom, our waiter, explained that in 1945, it was uncommon for women, especially in the South, to open a restaurant so Mary MacKenzie called it a "tea room" instead. It was one of 16 tea rooms in Atlanta and the only one that still remains today. One of my favorite things to order was "Table Wine of the South", more commonly known as sweet tea! The food is legendary and the Southern hospitality was even better.

Atlanta is a great food city because it's culinary experiences are just as diverse as the people who live there.

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