Sunday, August 17, 2014

Flip Burger Boutique (Atlanta, GA)

664 NE Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306, T: 404-815-1127

Flip Burger Boutique is part of the hipster upscale burger explosion, but takes it a step higher, with a fairly fancy setting, and a full-service restaurant. It is the idea of top chef Richard Blais, which started with one location in Atlanta, Georgia, and now has two more locations in that city and one Birmingham, Alabama, location. I visit the Poncey-Highland location in Atlanta, which looks very smart. All ingredients are natural or organic and the menu is seasonal, always changing, and always including original haute cuisine burger options.

I start with the Merguez Corn Dog ($8), which comes with Harissa Mustard. It has the real merguez taste, which I haven’t had outside of Belgium and France, even though the sausage looks different. It tastes better as sausage than as corn dog, even though the corn batter is pretty light and tasty, as is the dip.

I follow-up with the Trio ($13): a sampler of three "miniatures burgers": RBQ, Butcher's Cut, and Fried Chicken. The RBQ is a (little) burger with pulled brisket, coleslaw, RBQ sauce, and smoked mayo. It is a delicious combination of burger and BBQ. The Butcher's Cut is a (little) burger that comes with caramelized onions, soy truffle vinaigrette, frisée, pickled shallots, and red wine jam. Well prepared, but has a bit too strong Asian taste to it – this could be different with the crumbled may tag blue cheese, which normally comes in it. Finally, the Fried Chicken is a (small) piece of Southern chicken fried beef, b+b pickles, and spicy dukes mayo. It is nicely battered and fried and has a spicy taste. Finally, I get some Housemade Potato Chips ($5), which comes with abita rootbeer onion dip – the chips are really thin, crispy, perfectly salted.

VERDICT: 90/100
Flip is very pricy, but also very tasty. It is a great place to take burger-loving friends for a nice dinner.

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