At the Intersection of Beer and Ball

31 Jul

To celebrate the terrific and tasty Waffle House-Atlanta Braves partnership — the home team is 6-0 since the hometown chain opened at Turner Field! — here are some of my favorite places to combine food and fun of the sports variety. And a few brew recommendations while I’m leading the tour!

5. The Biltmore in Charlottesville, Va.: This place is so good that my mother added Pasta Biltmore to her regular cooking rotation when my brother returned from college at Thomas Jefferson’s fair academical village (my brother’s future wife actually waited tables here but they did not meet at UVa.). You can’t get that chicken, sausage and alfredo dish anymore, unfortunately, but you can start the night off with some “Thumbs ‘n’ Toes,” The Biltmore’s delicious boneless wings. Spice ‘em up to further justify quenching your thirst early & often. The establishment has more than 13 draft beer varieties, rotated seasonally, to choose from.

4. Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier in Chicago: When in the Windy City, wind down as Chicagoans do with a hulking Polish sausage and a Goose Island draft. If the game isn’t going your way (Cubs reference), alfresco dining with the awesome skyline one way, Lake Michigan the other and people-watching in between will be more than enough entertainment.

BlindPig_logo3. Blind Pig Tavern in Athens, Ga.: My brother-in-law worked here during his undergrad days at UGa., but it’s all pleasure for me. Be sure to try the fantastic fried pickles and the Fat Elvis, a big barbeque sauce, bacon cheeseburger that will require ample use of the full roll of paper towels at your table. Stay local with your libation: a Terrapin beer (my favorite is the Rye Pale Ale).

2. Las Vegas sportsbook… as in any Las Vegas sportsbook. It’s not the ambiance and definitely not the food, it’s about ordering a pitcher of beer at 9am with your buddies and settling in for the noon eastern kickoffs. In fall 2005, when aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., were in Sin City to celebrate my grandfather’s 95th birthday (that should tell you a lot about my family!), my ambertablebrother imported “meat missiles,” aka Burger King’s hefty breakfast sandwiches, into Harrah’s sportbook. As for beer, don’t settle for the same-old; a lot of times Vegas casinos will surprise you, say with an Alaskan Brewing Co. product, which brings us to…

1. Bonanza Bar & Grill in Skagway, AK: Connected to the Westmark Inn, where I worked one college summer, this place can seem a bit out of place. A sports bar in small-town Alaska? The senior cruise-ship tourist crowd mixing with townies? However, sampling some of the familiar (sports, beer & food) just steps from the pristine Alaskan wilderness is a cool thing. Order an Alaskan Amber Ale, for sure, and a tasty fish sandwich… just for the halibut!


2 Responses to “At the Intersection of Beer and Ball”

  1. Richard Foxworth August 1, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    You got me at Alaskan Amber Ale!

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