The Atlanta Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night in game four of the NLDS, the first playoff series. Their 2013 run is now over, which came as a devastating blow to many fans who had high hopes after the baseball team's strong regular season— or those who thought there might be a correlation between certain current events and the Braves' World Series chances. Let's recap the season as it relates to the dining scene at Turner Field:
First, word came that Linton Hopkins and the Holeman & Finch team would open three H&F Burger stands in the stadium, selling only burgers, fries, and Coke. Here's what those looked like on Opening Day. Then the season started, and things were looking great. A friend of the Fox brothers created a pretty awesome collabo-sandwich, combining a H&F burger with a Kevin Rathbun Steak sandwich.
In July, a Waffle House outpost opened near section 130. It was the Atlanta-based chain's first non-24 hour location as well as the first one in a stadium, and it spawned a fake "Waffle House at the Ted" Twitter account. The Braves won ten games in a row after it opened; then twelve, which scored them a mention on ESPN's SportsCenter; then fourteen, at which point a song, Waffle Ball, about the win streak came to light. The Bravos lost after that, but the team did still win the NL East outright, and many think Waffle House helped the Braves clinch the division. They went down 1-3 in postseason (possibly because there's no Waffle House in the Dodgers stadium?), but H&F Burger, Kevin Rathbun Steak, and Waffle House should be back in the Ted next year. Until then, y'all.
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Waffle House at Turner Field. [Eater Atlanta Instagram]