Fattening, messy, burger-centric: These are all the things good bar food should be about. And its exactly what THE EARL dishes out while some of the areas best bands crowd the hyper-popular East Atlanta spot. Not only do the staffers serve up chili dogs and burgers that cushion the belly for a long evening out, but their rockin brunch is heaven-sent if your Saturday night lasted well into Sunday morning. The steak sandwich loaded with peppers, onions, provolone and mushrooms is as much sloppy fun as making out in one of the bars dark booths.
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.