Ahead of the stadium’s opening, we take a first-look at and hear from the creators of the food and beverage offerings. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)

Where (and what) to eat in and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium

If Monday’s game is your first opportunity to check out Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’ll notice an upgrade from the old Dome’s dining options.

First, there’s reasonable pricing on core concession items: Soft drinks and water are $2 and come with unlimited refills. Popcorn and hot dogs are priced at $2. Waffle fries, a bag of peanuts, a slice of pizza and nachos with cheese all run $3. A cheeseburger is $5; a basket of chicken tenders with fries is $6.

<<12 places to eat and drink around Mercedes-Benz Stadium 

Looking for more than a burger at your next Falcons game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium? A brisket grilled cheese, with braised beef, barbecue aioli and fontina cheese on Texas toast, plus a side of kettle chips, will be served at Hot Press Express portable carts in sections 104, 226 and 307. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL
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Better food

Out of a massive kitchen come more chef-driven menu items. Items include a brisket grilled cheese sandwich of braised beef, fontina cheese and barbecue aioli on Texas toast with a side of kettle chips.

Burgers are hand-packed, and meat, like the brisket piled on an order of burnt end nachos or the barbacoa beef for tacos, is smoked in-house. Pickles, dressings and other condiments are made on-site.

<<Find out everything you need to know about what to eat at Mercedes-Benz Stadium here

<<Read about stadium restaurant Molly B’s here

More beer

The number of beer taps has grown from 30 at the Georgia Dome to 1,264 at Mercedes-Benz. And the types of beer on offer range from mass-market brands, such as Bud Light and Stella Artois, to specialty brands, such as Goose Island and Ballast Point, plus a half-dozen Georgia craft brands.

But what may be the best news of all is the pricing. A 12-ounce domestic draft is $5, a 12-ounce premium draft is $6, a 20-ounce domestic draft or a 16-ounce can is $7, and a 20-ounce premium draft or a 16-ounce premium can is $9.

<<Read more about the beer offerings at Mercedes-Benz Stadium here

Atlanta brands

Need your daily dose of Chick-fil-A? You can get that here.

In total, nearly a dozen and a half area restaurants and food producers have a presence at the stadium. This “Best of Atlanta” group includes Antico, King of Pops, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Delia’s Chicken Sausage, Farm Burger, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Gamechanger, Iberian Pig, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Miss D’s Popcorn, Snackology 101 Market, Sublime Doughnuts and the Varsity.

Specialty items from these partners can be found on each concourse throughout the stadium, either at a dedicated concession stand or a portable pop-up cart. In addition, items are priced the same at the stadium as at their brick-and-mortar restaurant or on retail shelves.

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Bob Townsend contributed to this article.