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ATLANTA (June 24, 2015) – You don’t have to fire up the grill to ensure a fantastic Fourth of July feast this year. From savory barbecue to succulent seafood, many of Atlanta’s best restaurants are serving up celebratory specials and patriotic packages to help you declare your independence from hot stoves and dirty dishes.
Don't settle for hot dogs and hamburgers when the fine folks at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland are serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a low country boil starting at noon. “Red, White and Boil” features wild Georgia shrimp, snow crab legs, black mussels, andouille sausage, new potatoes, sweet corn and Vidalia onions steamed in beer with Old Bay seasoning. Includes okra fritters and three sauces - spicy rémoulade, pepper vinegar and cocktail sauce. Enjoy a pound for the patriotic price of $17.76. Diners are also invited to partake in a half-dozen smoked Gulf oysters on the half shell with melted leeks and Parmesan for $10. These specials are available while supplies last. 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
All four locations of Bantam + Biddy (Ansley, Crescent, Lenox Square, Avalon) will be open normal hours and serving brunch on July 4. For a family-sized deal, call ahead and order their signature family meal ($52) for an easy and delicious take-out option to feed three to five people. The meal includes your choice of whole roast chicken, meatloaf or pork loin, served with an organic green salad, choice of dressing, cornbread, three huge sides and a half-gallon of freshly brewed tea. Catering is also available. Tailgating for the fireworks at Lenox Square? Pick up Southern-style dishes with all the fixings at Bantam + Biddy's location inside the mall! bantamandbiddy.com
Raise a glass to American independence at Atlanta’s favorite beach house, The Big Ketch, with the Berry United for $7.50. This colorful cocktail salutes the red, white and blue with New Amsterdam vodka, strawberries, lemonade and simple syrup, garnished with blueberries. There’s also live music from 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. 404-474-9508; thebigketch.com.
Gypsy Kitchen will be serving its regular dinner menu of contemporary Spanish cuisine from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wash it down with a $4 tinto de verano or $5 sangria. 404-939-9840; gypsykitchenatl.com.
To honor their loyal regulars, Marlow’s Tavern is sending an email to Insiders with an offer of a free burger (one per table, per email, with an entrée purchase) at their locations. To sign up for the Insider’s Club newsletter and giveaways like this, visit marlowstavern.com.
MAX's Wine Dive is extending its Saturday and Sunday brunch, so you can enjoy such gourmet comfort food options as hoe cakes and wings, “hangover tots” and banana fritters beginning Friday, July 3 through the weekend. 404-249-0445; maxswinedive.com/atlanta-12th-street/.
Ray’s RestaurantsRay’s on the River, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s in the City. raysrestaurants.com
Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead is going whole hog this Independence Day with Red, White and Q. Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy a free whole-hog roast (while supplies last), along with $2 cans of PBR and $5 From the Vine cocktails (made with vodka, seasonal fruit purée, lime juice and simple syrup). There will also be live music from 6-9 p.m. 404-848-9100; smokebellybbq.com.
The Southern Gentleman will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. In addition to its stellar menu of creative takes on contemporary Southern cuisine, the restaurant will be offering $2 Miller Lites. 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com.
The Fourth of July barbecue pack from Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Terminus City2 pounds of barbecue pork, 1 pint of Revival potato salad, 1 pint of coleslaw, six chocolate chip cookies, six sandwich rolls, barbecue sauce and pork cracklings. Orders received by Wednesday, July 1 will be guaranteed. The cost is $50, or $75 to include a signed copy of Kevin Gillespie’s new cookbook, “Pure Pork Awesomeness.” Orders can be picked up at Gunshow; larger parties may call for additional catering options. Bonus - diners at Gunshow on the 4th can nosh on a few Terminus City favorites featured on the menu for the evening. 404-380-1886; firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who prefer to show off their grilling prowess, Bluffton, Georgia-based White Oak Pastures sells farm-fresh meats delivered from the farm to the front door through its convenient online store. Think grass-fed beef and lamb, or pastured pork and poultry to feed your flock. A salute to this renowned farm's sustainable land stewardship and humane animal stockmanship is a salute to an American business at its best. whiteoakpastures.com
After crossing the finish line at the Peachtree Road Race, run on over to Willy’s Mexicana Grill wearing your coveted Peachtree Road Race t-shirt from any year and purchase $5 burritos all day long. This promotion is valid at all Willy's locations except the airport. willys.com