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A Taste Of Atlanta Suggestion: Plan Your Trip Around Can't-Miss Sports TV

We recommend rolling up on Taste of Atlanta in Midtown on Saturday for a chance to sample dozens of Atlanta's restaurants like the Sun Dial, Atlanta Fish Market, Big Chow Grill, and Waffle House [insert David Allan Coe singing about whether that's country or not, because that is]. But only a fool would do so without plotting a careful schedule based entirely around the day's sports. The city's best sports bar, STATS, will have a booth or exhibit or trough or whatever going, and may be courteous enough to bring TV's along, but who knows.

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Taste of Atlanta opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, and no games before 3:30 are essentials, so there's your window. Midtown it for lunch, then watch sports til midnight without budging. Otherwise, you're going to have a hard time breaking away without fulfilling your sports duties.

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  • At 3:30, Georgia Tech travels to Clemson in an ACC dealbreaker as Auburn and LSU fight for what should be an inside track to the BCS title. Also, NLCS game 6 between the Giants and Phillies, plus Wisconsin vs. Iowa. Auburn vs. LSU is the football game of the weekend and reason to find a TV all by itself.
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  • Between 7 and 8 the following games kick off: Georgia vs. Kentucky, Alabama vs. Tennessee, Oklahoma vs. Missouri, T.J. Yates vs. Jacory Harris in one of the season's weirdest quarterback matchups, and ALCS game 7 (if necessary) between the Rangers and Yankees. You need to be home by 7, is what I'm saying.
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  • There's also golf and NASCAR all day long. If you can't stand to be away from either of those, have a friend load you a plate.
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If you stop by the Buckhead Bottle Bar setup, you might even run into Hawks C Zaza Pachulia. He tweets about that place a lot lately.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.