Atlanta can sometimes feel like another country. It can be fun to go up and visit for a spell, but I do not think that I would like to live there.
My wife spends a lot of time in Atlanta. She wanted to try a burger joint that she heard about. Okay, this isn’t exactly a joint but rather a boutique, Flip Burger Boutique to be exact. I was about 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta and decided to give it a try.
Flip Burger was created by Richard Blais from “Top Chef.” The menu is split between creative takes on beef and unusual creations. We checked out the menu online before going to the restaurant. The raw tuna tartare was on the flip side. Flip is also known for its milkshakes. Probably their most famous milkshake is their Krispy Kreme shake. Another one on the list is the Foie Gras shake. I had to search the dusty recesses of my mind to remember what foie gras is, but I knew it was something nasty. Turns out it is duck liver. Leave it to a top chef to create a milkshake out of duck innards. Another interesting feature of the shakes is that they are made with liquid nitrogen so they come out of the kitchen smoking.
We arrived at the restaurant at 6pm, and most of the parking lot was already full. There were two tables available when we walked in and we got a seat with no problem. The restaurant’s decor is very contemporary. The colors are mostly white, black, and silver. Another interesting feature is that what you see on the floor is copied on the ceiling, almost as if a mirror had been placed in the center of the room. That is part of the flip theme. The wait staff was all in black shirts.
My wife ordered the deep fried Southern, but it looked like nothing that Paula Dean would serve up. It had pimento cheese on the chicken fried beef burger. My son had a turkey burger with pomegranate ketchup, and I opted for blackened shrimp burger with a slice of fried lemon. My burger was very good. The chucks of blackened shrimp did not want to stay together when I started digging in. The fried lemon tasted very good with the shrimp.
We decided to order the shakes for desert. My wife had already decided that she wanted to try the Krispy Kreme. I decided to go out on a limb and try the duck shake. I figured that I may never get a chance to try it again. My Foie Gras was heavy on the vanilla so I was pleasantly surprised.
When we left, the only parking was in the overflow lot. There was a line, and the wait was 45 minutes.
The restaurant’s food was unusual, but it was good to get out of my old comfort zone. Atlanta is a unique city with surprises around every corner. Things change as quickly as the skyline there. Now when the kids are in the mood for a burger and shake, The Varsity might not be the first thing that we think about.
Written by Bill Waller. Mr. Waller is a author and contributor local blog, Southwest Georgia Politics. He enjoys writing, traveling, and researching history. He currently resides in Albany, Georgia.