Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Flip Burger, 1587 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta

This past weekend we got two special treats.  The first was a spur of the moment visit from my brother Lee. The second was a trip to Flip Burger in celebration of this visit.

Flip Burger is run by Richard Blais, who apparently was a Top Chef contestant in a season I did not watch. Flip Burger is pretty trendy (long lines of hipsters, bumping club-music) and a large bar with diverse offerings.   Flip was recently named one of the Top Ten Best New Burger Spots by Bon Appetit for his experimental burgers.  However, being recent burger purists we stuck to the mostly stuck to the more traditional burger offerings.  The milkshakes were another story.

 Bacon cheeseburger with fries.
 Nutella & toasted marshmallow shake, Pineapple upside down cake shake.
 Southern Burger with Buffalo sweetbreads.
 Farmer Burger with onion rings.
Farmer Burger with Duck Confit nuggets.  
We got two farm burgers, one bacon cheese burger, and a southern burger (fried green tomato, pimento cheese ((foam?))), fried duck confit nuggets, onion rings, fries, buffalo sweetbread nuggets, a Krispy Kreme shake, Rice Krispy shake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake shake (with cake on the bottom and a pineapple ring on top), and a Nutella and Toasted Marshmallow shake.

 Our friend Charlie was gracious enough to indulge with us.  I think this expression sums up how we felt about this meal.

It was delicious and a lot of fun, but the overall verdict?  Farm Burger in Decatur has a better overall burger, though perhaps the "flipped" burgers @ Flip (made with nontraditional burger ingredients) are where the place shines.  The milkshakes were incredibly fun and inventive (also on the menu: Turtle shake, Key Lime Pie shake) but thinner than I like my milkshakes, while the nutella one was too rich to finish (a pro and a con).

However, it was a great place to take out-of-towners and townies who hadn't been yet (that includes us) but for a better burger and more relaxed atmosphere, I'll head to Farm Burger.

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