Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sweet Auburn Curb Market///Grindhouse Burgers

The other week we visited the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in MLK's old neighborhood.  The SACM was founded in 1918 by the Womens Club of Atlanta after a fire ravaged the area.  It was originally an open-air market but was moved indoors in 1923.

Today the SACM exists as an urban farmers market and a popular lunch stop for professionals in the area.

We sampled the wares at a few shops.
Sweet Auburn Bakery case
sweet potato cheesecake from Sweet Auburn Bakery
The sweet potato cheesecake from the Sweet Auburn Bakery was so delicious...

and the popcorn from Miss D's New Orlean Praline's so tasty.

Also at the SACM is Grindhouse Burgers, an Atlanta-based burgery started by an Emory J.D.  

The name derives from the Grindhouse films playing on the wall facing the bar, a silent entertainment for those quietly chowing down.

Their shtick is that their burger meat - blend of chuck and brisket - is freshly ground everyday.  So can you taste the freshness and special care?

Heck yes you can!  This burger was moist and flavorful, and a perfect ratio of meat to other parts.
 We got the Grindhouse-style burger, hot dog, and spicy sweet potato chips.

Grindhouse is worth the trip for those chips alone.

Farm Burger is still top of the list but Grindhouse was a surprisingly close second.  For a no-frills burger, Grindhouse is the place to go.

For more info and some interviews with the proprietors of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market shops, start looking out for the podcast I'm starting with a friend.  It's called Out There Atlanta.  We cover food and culture events in Atlanta and feature on-site interviews.   Follow us on twitter @outthereatlanta and expect more podcast updates in the next few weeks!

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