Hungry Falcons fans, this is your year. No, we can’t promise an NFC South title just yet, but if you’re famished while attending a game, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has got you covered like an All-Pro cornerback. The venue revolutionized the concessions playbook a few seasons back by slashing prices on crowd pleasers like dogs and nachos. We all thought the move was a publicity stunt. It wasn’t. The prices are still there, and so are we.
As good as a $2 hot dog sounds, we had to sample the stadium offerings for ourselves. After nibbling in the main concourse, the high-end club section, and everywhere in between, these are the five bites we'll still have on our minds long after the Falcons game ends.
Big Dave’s Cheesesteak
Location: Sections 106 and 226
Beyond affordable prices, one of the Benz’s other goals is providing a platform for local businesses. One of the tastiest is Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks. If you’ve seen the line at the downtown location, the queue at either stadium stall won’t startle you. Just know whatever the wait is, it’ll be worth it once you rip into a sandwich spilling over with grilled ribeye, white American cheese, and diced onions stuffed into a lightly toasted hoagie.
West Nest Wings
Location: Sections 115 and 324
The Westside Works Culinary Academy is an organization focused on showing culinary students from Atlanta’s underserved areas the ins and outs of the restaurant business. An admirable effort, sure, but the only thing you’ll care about is how well the aspiring chefs cook whole fried wings. The answer: very well. While you can’t go wrong with them tossed in lemon-pepper seasoning, the sweet, subtle heat from the West Nest Wings’ maple buffalo sauce is something remarkable.
Molly B’s Lobster Roll
Location: Sections 133 and 338
Named after Blank’s mother, Molly B’s is a special place with a bustling walk-up line on one side and a chill, ticketed-guests-only bar on the other. Whichever side you’re on, make sure the lobster roll is nearby. A taste of Nantucket on Northside Drive, the roll is perfectly toasted and the meat inside is chunky and fresh. At $22, it’s also the most expensive food item in the stadium.
Location: Mercedes-Benz Club and Delta Sky360 Club
Mercedes-Benz Club and Delta Sky360 Club seats can set you back a pretty penny, but with so many all-you-can-eat, high-end buffet items and food-stall options included with your ticket, the investment makes sense. One item easily worth the price of admission is the H+F burger. The double patties are juicy, just like you’d find at the Ponce City Market location. The burger is topped with American cheese, pickles, and onions, and comes with an ample side of fries. That you can grab another one whenever you want (without reaching for your wallet) makes it even tastier.
Club-Level Jerk Chicken
Location: AMG Lounge and Truist Club
Jerk chicken at a Falcons game? Yeah, we were a little hesitant when we saw it on the club-level buffet line. But the moment we effortlessly slid our plastic fork through the meat, we figured the chef knew what he was doing. The thighs had a good char to them. The seasoning had some pop. The sliced peppers gave the dish a little color. Though buffet items rotate, if you’re ever so lucky to attend a game on jerk chicken day, you’d be wise to make a spot for a piece on your plate.