Thanks to my friend JC for sending his report:
This last December, during a visit to Atlanta to see my sister, we decided to go see the Georgia Aquarium. The Aquarium employs ticketing by appointment to control how many people are in attendance at any given time. When you buy a ticket you’re assigned a time at which you are allowed to enter the Aquarium. Our tickets are for 12:45 and we got there a little early so we have some time to kill. We decide it’s a good time to have lunch and start looking for a place to eat. Outside of the parking garage the pickings look slim.
There are two options across the street, a place made to look like a diner and a hole in the wall dump next door. We decide on the diner. Once across the street we find the diner is closed, but they open in 15 minutes. I take a peek at the menu and find its upscale diner food. In my experience that never seems to work out right and I’m in no mood for this b.s. We decide to take a look at the dump next door to see what’s doing.
The place is called Burgers & More and expectations are low. When we open the door and go inside we find…drum roll please…a super clean place with comfortable dining room. Did I mention this place is super clean, because it really is very well kept. The floor is highly polished and the kitchen equipment looks like it was installed yesterday. I’m impressed, this place is super clean. Not at all what I would have expected from the outside.
Given the name I suspect burgers are the thing to order here. They’ve got your standards: cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, swiss and mushroom, bbq bacon, etc. They look pretty good. The “More” part of the menu are gyros, philly steak and chicken subs, deli sandwiches made with Boar’s Head products, salads, etc. We order: a basket of wings, a basket of sweet potato fries, a tuna sandwich and a basket of chicken fingers. I didn’t order a burger and I regret it. I saw one at another table and it looked great. An unfortunate decision and I’ll have to deal with it for the rest of my life.
We’re assigned a number and find a table to wait for the food. They’ve got a load of flat screens around. Some have ESPN and some have CNN (we are within walking distance of CNN HQ). My kid decides he’s got to pee so I take him to the bathroom. Surprisingly, the bathroom is super-duper clean too. They’ve covered all points, 360 degrees of cleanliness, I’m amazed.Our number is called and I retrieve the food.
My wife has the tuna sandwich. I’m offered a bite and I take it. Nothing earth shattering, but its tasty and a good value. My kid has a basket of chicken fingers. They look good to me so I swipe a little piece (Daddy Tax). The flavor is good. They’re frying in clean, fresh oil. These probably came out of a bag but they’re tasty – and a good value. Who am I to complain?
I ordered the basket of wings. They are on the smaller end of the scale. Not breaded. The sauce is decent, no big deal. The chicken is cooked well, the flavor is nice. The sauce is smokey and sweet, probably chipotle or ancho based. I like ‘em. Again, nothing earth shattering, but a good value and damn tasty.
The kid’s chicken fingers come with french fries. They’re pretty darn good. They look fresh cut but I suspect they’re from a freezer bag. Not bad, guess what – they’re tasty and a good value.The sweet potato fries look fresh but, like the french fries, I’m not so sure. They are super tasty, very nicely seasoned. My favorite thing on the table.
The place is super clean and there’s something on the menu for everyone. They need to work on the facade, I think they’ll attract a few more customers from across the street that way. I liked it!
Burgers & More
249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313