Over Easter weekend we took a trip to Atlanta for the second consecutive year. The reason? Opening Weekend for the Atlanta Braves. We didn’t actually make it down for Opening Day, but did drive down on Friday evening. We met up with some friends at Holiday Inn Extended Stay that’s 0.9 miles from SunTrust Park. Having a hotel so close to the ballpark and the Battery Atlanta is really convenient.
Although the hotel offers a shuttle service several times a day on Game Days, we ended up walking to and from the Battery. If you’re unfamiliar, the Battery Atlanta is an area around SunTrust Park that includes stores, restaurants, music venues, hotels, and apartments. One of those restaurants is Wahlburgers. The restaurant chain is owned by Paul Wahlberg and his partners/brothers Mark and Donnie. There are 13 locations throughout the US and one in Toronto. Even though a location will be open here in Charlotte next year, we didn’t want to wait to try it.Wahlburgers has the right stuff, even if you have dietary restrictions Click To Tweet
We arrived at Wahlburgers several hours before the game started. It was pretty busy, but we only had to wait about five minutes for a table. We were seated on the patio. Once they pulled the shades down, it was quite comfortable. Though there isn’t a separate gluten-free menu, several gluten-free items are offered, including a gluten-free bun. Their burgers, fries, and tater tots are not cooked in soy. Nikki ordered a burger with lettuce and a side of tater tots. Although it was crumbly, Nikki enjoyed the gluten-free bun. Even though the burgers looked really delicious, I spotted something on the menu that I couldn’t pass up. I ordered Mac and Cheese with bacon and a side of tater tots. I made the right decision.
While we enjoyed the food at Wahlburgers, the service wasn’t that great. We had to wait a long time for a food and our waiter seemed to be just trying to keep up. If I remember correctly, this location didn’t open until later in the season, so I think it was their first Opening Weekend and I’m sure it was overwhelming. The experience wasn’t enough to deter me from returning. It is something to keep in mind when visiting the Atlanta location on Game Day.
After leaving the restaurant, we headed to STP. Our seats were in the Coca-Cola Corner and they have a really good view for $10. We stayed in our seats for the first few innings and then went to meet up with friends. It was fun catching up with so many people. Even better, the Braves won 15-2!
I bet you’re still thinking about that macaroni and cheese with bacon that I mentioned. Are you ready for some #foodporn? I gotchu.
If you’re looking for more information about SunTrust Park (including what to eat if you have dietary restrictions), check out Road Trip Rewind: Part 1, Road Trip Rewind-Part Three, Adventures in Atlanta, and This Week in Atlanta Adventures. Looking into taking a trip to Zoo Atlanta? I got you covered.
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