We are going one week into National Burger Month and Atlanta is known to have some of the nation’s best beef flippers. I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but when it comes to burgers, I cheat on my chicken, fish and beer diet a bit from time to time. Spots like Holeman & Finch, Highland Tap, Farm Burger, Wrecking Bar, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, and Bocado have been raved about (and for good reason), but there are a number of other burger kings that are worthy of some praise. After receiving info from the joints below and learning about what they offer, STK's Lil' BRGR Japanese Waygu sliders to Diesel Filling Station's Hot Mess Burger are admittedly mouthwatering, and D.B.A. Barbecue's DBA Burger looks like it has all the food groups on as toppings! Hell, I even did one of my signature Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ video episodes featuring Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s Sublime Burger here. (It's in HD so give it a sec to load if necessary.)
Read on and see what these places sent me for you, my loyal blog readers, to strongly consider for Burger Month. There are “fun facts,” and adult drinks to consider when you want to “wash it down.” I highlighted the spots that actually have a respectable beer selection in blue, too!
I will have Mother’s Day restaurant specials in the next post.
Cypress Street Pint and Plate
Cypress Street Pint and Plate's Sublime Doughnut Burger: A ½ lb beef patty topped with cheddar, caramelized onions and healthy heap of bacon, between two Sublime glazed doughnuts.
Fun Fact: Atlanta's own Sublime Doughnuts specially makes these glazed donuts for Cypress Street. Cypress is the ONLY place you can get Sublime glazed donuts, whether in burger or dessert form.
Wash it down with a cold brew from Cypress Street's extensive beer list, which includes over 100 craft and high gravity options. If you're not sure what to pair with your Sublime burger, Cypress Street Pint and Plate's resident Beer Geek, Rob Merrick, suggests suggests reaching for an IPA. "IPAs are always a go-to for burger and beer pairings. The hoppiness of the IPAs balances the saltiness of the beef (and bacon, caramalized onions and sublime donuts in the case of the Cypress Sublime Burger) and cheddar cheeses." For a perfect local Atlanta pairing, he suggests going with the local, and currently seasonal, Red Brick Hoplanta brew. For a spicy burger, or blackened varieties, he suggests pairing German Style Pilsners, like the Victory Prima Pils, or Belgian Trippels and Hefeweizens.
About Cypress Street Pint and Plate and Beer Geek Tuesdays:
Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located on the corner of 6th street and Cypress Street at 817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125, Atlanta, Georgia. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until midnight. Every Tuesday, Cypress Street’s resident Beer Geek, Rob Merrick, hosts Beer Geek Tuesday - a casual exploration of all things beer including food and beer pairings to rare casks and tap takeovers. For more information, please visit www.cypressbar.com or call 404.815.9243. Follow Cypress Street on Twitter at @CypressStreet and Facebook at Facebook.com/CypressStreet.
Diesel Filling Station
Diesel Filling Station's Hot Mess Burger: Chili, cheddar cheese, fresh jalapenos and a poached egg stacked on top of a hearty 1/2 lb special blend beef patty.
Wash it down with Diesel's famous (featured in The New York Times) Bloody Mary: House infused bacon vodka, house blend of spices, splash of Zing-Zang and rimmed with spicy salt.
About Diesel Filling Station:
Conveniently located at 870 North Highland Avenue in the heart of Virginia-Highland, Diesel is in close proximity to Poncey Highlands, Inman Park and Midtown. Inspired by the Virginia-Highlands filling station that once stood in its place, Diesel has a decidedly local flare and offers an expansive high gravity and craft beer selection, a clever cocktail menu and serves reliable comfort food with a twist. Diesel Filling Station is open from 4pm to 3am Monday-Thursday, Friday noon-3am, Saturday 11am-3am and Sunday noon-midnight. The kitchen is always open until midnight or later. For more information and a full menu and list of events visit http:// www.dieselatlanta.com/ or call 404-815-1820.
D.B.A. Barbecue's DBA Burger: Lots of bacon, Pimento Cheese, Cole Slaw and fried onions sit on top of a beef patty. Served with one of Miss Bev's homestyle sides (try the creamed corn, best in Atlanta!).
Wash it down with one of D.B.A. Barbecue's many moonshine selections or D.B.A.'s specialty Blueberry Moonshine Lemonade boozy slushie.
About D.B.A. Barbecue:
With the primary goal of serving up the best authentic hickory smoked barbecue in Atlanta, D.B.A. is a favorite local haunt in the heart of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. D.B.A. offers an expansive barbecue menu with comfort food and eclectic options alike, this lunch, dinner and social destination has also become known for its distinctly southern cocktail menu and weekly offerings. D.B.A. Barbecue is located at 1190 N. Highland Avenue NE Suite B Atlanta, Georgia 30306. D.B.A. Barbecue is open Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.dbabarbecue.com or call 404.249.5000. Stay connected via D.B.A. Barbecue's Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/dbabarbecue and on Twitter at @dbabarbecue.
STK's Lil' BRGRs: Japanese Waygu beef sliders topped with STK special sauce on sesame seed buns.
Wash it down with one of STK's specialty cocktails, like the Not Your Daddy's Manhattan: Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Licor 43 and sweet and dry vermouth.
About STK Atlanta:
STK Atlanta artfully blends two concepts into one—the modern reincarnation of a steakhouse and a chic lounge. The feel is sleek, sexy and refined. As anticipated, steak is the main attraction. STK features small, medium and large cuts of meat, as well as naturally raised options and market fish entrees. STK is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets. Complimentary valet parking is available on 12th Street. Visit www.stkhouse.com for more information and stay connected on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/STKATL and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/STKAtlanta.