I couldn’t believe it had been 5 years since I’d been to Ann’s Snack Bar. Shortly after my visit, Ann Price put up her Ann’s Snack Bar for sale with a $1.5 million price tag on it. I’m not even sure you could churn out $1 million worth of Burgers out of an 8 stool Burger Joint.
Worth a watch, New York Times video about Ann’s Snack Bar,
Ann’s Snack Bar was also known for the 8 rules she had in place. George Motz (Hamburger America) famously wrote about getting kicked out of Ann’s Snack Bar on his first visit for wanting to interview her. It seemed as she had loosened up on the rules this time around and she had two folks helping her out. She seemed dare I say, almost friendly.
The biggest difference I noticed was the Chili, it wasn’t the same. All you need to do is take a look and compare the 2009 Chili Dog with the 2014 Chili Dog below. This incarnation of the Chili had an almost Hormel like quality to it, something I”m not a fan of.
In 2009 I had a regular Cheeseburger. My mind was made up long ago for this visit, Ghetto Burger or bust. The Ghetto Burger is a Double Cheeseburger with Bacon, Grilled Onions, Ketchup, Mustard and some Chili on the bottom toasted bun. Both buns are toasted in case you might think I was saying this was a one bun toasting kinda place, it’s not. Lettuce & tomato can be part of the equation but I chose to make my Burger taste good, not stuff it with filler.
It also comes cut in half which I’m normally against but this is one of those cases where manageability is limited if you try to lug around that mastodon during consumption.
After I finished my Ghetto Burger, I sat and tried to regain my bearings. This Burger did a number on me and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Ann’s Snack Bar won’t be around forever and if you can find a way to make it out here, well…..you know what to do.
Eat A Ghetto Burger You Must:
Ann’s Snack Bar
1615 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA
Ann’s Snack Bar picture courtesy of Double E