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Atlanta restaurants celebrate the Fourth of July

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Atlanta celebrates the 4th of July in a big way, and instead of grilling out, visit one of the many metro restaurants that are open and serving up patriotic specials, excusivie menus and more on Independence Day.

10th & Piedmont will open early on Friday, July 4, to serve its regular brunch menu. Starting at 8 a.m., diners can enjoy favorites like the 10P chicken and waffles. Both restaurants will be open with regular dinner hours. For more information, visit communitashospitality.com.

The festive folks over at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar will toast the holiday with Backyard Beer Olympics. The drinking festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include games like Ping-Pong, cornhole and darts, with $500 in prizes up for grabs. Executive Chef Andrew Smith will smoke a whole hog in the backyard pit and the menu will highlight meats and three sides along with three barbecue sauces. Registration for teams of two is free. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-876-7249 or visit atkinspark.com.

Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall will host a whole pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4, with a special on chopped barbecue pork sandwiches and a side for $6 while supplies last. All locations offer catering, family meals and picnics-to-go for those who want to bring their Southern-style meats and veggies to their own grill outs. Whole smoked or fried chicken, fingerling potato salad with grainy mustard, watermelon and feta salad, black-eyed peas and tomato salad, and cornbread and lemon bars will all be available to take to off-site festivities. For more information on ordering, catering or on the event, visit bantamandbiddy.com or call 404-907-3469.

As a big “Congratulations!” to those participating in the Peachtree Road Race, Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs will offer a special reward to those who bring in their race number: a complimentary 8-inch pizza (max value of $8). For more information, visit hearthpizzatavern.com or call 404-252-5378.

To honor their loyal regulars, Marlow’s Tavern will send an email to insiders with an offer of a free bison burger (one per table, per email, with a minimum purchase of $10) at their locations. To sign up for the Insider’s Club newsletter and giveaways like this, visitmarlowstavern.com.

For those who must fit in a traditional Fourth of July with fireworks,Nikolai’s Roof is the perfect downtown perch to enjoy a spectacular dinner with expansive skyline views. For reservations, call 404-221-6362 or visit nikolaisroof.com.

No. 246 in Decatur, while closed for lunch on Independence Day, will host a non-traditional restaurant night. From 5 to 9 p.m., only the bar will be open in the restaurant while the backyard will play host to a Backyard Grill party featuring barbecued meats, baked beans, potato salad and mac ‘n’ cheese. Drink specials include $5 Red Hare beer and No. 246 cask beers. The night will be celebrated family-style in the yard with the grills going, cocktails flowing, and plenty of summer appropriate festivities. When the grilling comes to a close, the kitchen will offer a limited menu of $6 all-you-can-eat pizza for the remainder of the night. For more information on the evening, call 678-399-8246 or visitno246.com.

Ray’s Restaurants celebrates with all things lobster during the limited-time summer lobster promotion starting July 1. For $19.95 per person, 1 ¼ lb. whole Maine lobster with drawn butter and a choice of side is available at all three Ray’s locations –Ray’s on the River, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s in the City. And in celebration of Independence Day, the price is just $16.95 a person. For more information, visit raysrestaurants.com.

Smokebelly in Buckhead is celebrating Independence Day with live music, $5 craft cocktails and $2 PBR cans. The regular menu will be offered. For more information, visit smokebellybbq.com or call 404-848-9100.

Chef Kevin Gillespie will roll out a special menu at Gunshow, his Glenwood Park flagship restaurant, on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5. Chomp into chopped barbecue, chicken-fried steak or a vegetarian entrée. Heaping helpings of sides will be offered (and replenished) via Gunshow’s rolling carts. Dine-in seating is first-come, first-served. Takeout is available à la carte with barbecued meats, slaw, Brunswick stew, cornbread, sandwiches and fried pies. Dine-in items may differ from to-go items. Visit the Facebook page or call 404-380-1886 for more information.

Whole Foods Market is ready to fill up grills this holiday. From July 3-6 Whole Foods will offer a Fourth of July bundle deal featuring eight housemade Italian sausages (traditional Italian or spicy), eight hot dog buns (white or wheat) and two pounds of Farmer’s potato salad for $20. For more information or Whole Foods Market locations, visit wholefoodsmarket.com.

After crossing the finish line at the Peachtree Road Race, get in line at Willy’s Mexicana Grill for a deal to refuel hungry runners. On Friday, July 4, wear the coveted Peachtree Road Race t-shirt to any Atlanta Willy’s location and purchase $5 burritos all day long. Burrito extras not included. For more information, restaurant locations and July 4 holiday closings, visit willys.com.

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