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Top Golf…Drivin’ ‘n’ Dining

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Sporting venues are rarely known for gourmet cuisine. Top Golf aims to change that with an extensive menu of craveable appetizers, artisan sandwiches, and upscale bar food.

We recently visited Top Golf’s first southeast location in Alpharetta. It’s a sprawling three level facility, with a full bar and restaurant downstairs, a bar with patio seating upstairs, and full service at each of the 100 bays. LC’s family and a couple of colleagues met us there to test their golf skills and enjoy a fun dinner. The golfers in our group made use of their drivers, aiming for targets in the field, earning points for accuracy and distance with microchipped balls.

Meanwhile, the eaters among us were enjoying a variety of upscale pub fare. LC had visited before and recommended the gumbo, an original Louisiana recipe with loads of andouille sausage, house-smoked chicken, and plump shrimp ladeled over a generous serving of cilantro rice. We shared a bowl of it along with a char-grilled steak flatbread with roasted corn, grilled onion, and fiery red Fresno peppers, and washed it all down with a $13 pitcher of Miller Lite kept ice cold with an ingenious frozen wand. (We’ll get the $250 bottle of Dom next time.)

Little T and her cousin practiced their swings in between bites of flatbread with basil pesto, prosciutto, artichokes, and olives. They also gave a thumbs up to Top Golf’s signature dish called “mushi”, a hybrid Mexican sushi roll made with sticky rice, beans, spiced chicken, and cheddar cheese wrapped in a jalapeno tortilla, then baked and garnished with sour cream and avocado.

Top Golf is a great place for a casual date, family outing, or corporate party, offering fresh food, cocktails, and some friendly competition. Now all I need are some golf lessons.

10900 Westside Parkway 770-217-0513

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