Braves fans and Atlantans can nosh on trendy pub fare at Yard House’s second Georgia location
Official opening day for SunTrust Park is April 14, but restaurants at the Battery are already slinging plates to hungry crowds eager to hang at Cobb County’s newest entertainment destination. The Yard House joins a growing lineup of retailers and eateries, bringing its sports bar vibe and flavor for your after-game drinks or night on the town.
Flat-screen TVs, an extensive drinks menu, and a buzzing nightlife feel is part of what you can expect as a first-time visitor to the Yard House. For those who’ve been to their other Georgia location in Atlantic Station, this space is much more open, though for now, you’ll still see the same crowds as the ITP spot.
Pretty much anything on the menu is a safe bet. The ahi sashimi, seared rare and blackened, is a sophisticated way to start your meal, though a tad on the salty side. Other clever starters include queso, coconut shrimp, egg rolls, and calamari. If you’re not counting calories, splurge on the lobster, crab & artichoke dip with baked pita chips, all the better shared with friends.
While I’ve always thought of the Yard House as more of a burger joint, I was pleasantly surprised at their pasta and seafood options. The penne with chicken (and mushrooms and asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes) was far and away my favorite, probably thanks to the marsala cream sauce that took it a couple steps above your traditional alfredo. The lobster garlic noodles were winners, too. They didn’t stint on the lobster, and there was shrimp and lump crab meat for good measure.
The pizza was fine, although with the Atlanta pie favorite Antico opening up in the Battery, too, there are probably better house specialties to stick to. And of course, the dessert menu is as rich as ever: s’mores brownie, crème brûlée, chocolate souflée cake, in servings that aren’t overly large.
If you’re looking for something lighter, try a street taco. For fresh, citrus flavors, I recommend the blackened swordfish taco. Mango, papaya, cilantro and lime blend nicely, standing out against a fairly decadent menu.
Visiting the Battery for the first time? On weekends, it’s pretty popular and traffic may be a challenge, even if it’s not a game night for the Braves. Parking rates are currently $20 to $30. You might be able to avoid the crowds by going before the evening rush. Happy hour with discounted food prices is 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Their late-night happy hour starting at 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday is when the drink specials open up.
Bottoms up. Cobb County, you have a new place to play.
Atlanta-The Battery Yard House
825 Battery Ave., Suite 320
Atlanta, GA 30339