Ann’s Snack Bar in Atlanta has a Ghetto Burger

It’s a shame if you never got the whole experience at Ann’s Snack Bar in Atlanta. Ms. Ann passed away a few years back, but her memory lives on.

When she was still around, it was a safe bet that if you acted up at Ann’s Snack Bar (1615 Memorial Drive), you would either be told to settle down or leave.

Ann's Snack Bar in Atlanta, Georgia
Ann’s Snack Bar in Atlanta, Georgia
Ghetto Burger Sign

Ann has some strict rules for the uninformed that will get you tossed out of her place if you don’t follow them. No cursing is a big one, and no cell phone usage is another.

Due to my fear of possibly offending her and getting kicked out without eating, all my original pictures at Ann’s Snack Bar were taken on the sly.

Ms. Ann at work

A guy sitting a few seats down from me was told to stop using his phone twice before he thought better of it and used it outside, which still pissed Ann off. The lady who was in line right in front of us told us how she had seen Ann once shout at a disruptive customer,

If you don’t like my rules, you can go to Checkers!

Finally, We’re Here!

We had arrived 15 minutes before their opening at 11 AM, hoping to be the first in line to eat at Ann’s. There were already three people in line.

Ann did not open until 11:20 AM, totally oblivious that we had been waiting outside; it was rather amusing.

Eating here is an experience; it is as if you are in someone’s kitchen while your lunch is being prepared. She does it all.

I ate some of the best chili cheese fries I had ever had and some of the best chili I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The cheeseburger was a glorious crumbly meat on a sesame seed bun. It was also a beauty.

Chili Cheese Fries
Chili Cheese Dog
Cheeseburger from Ann's Snack Bar in Atlanta, Georgia

Back at Ann’s Snack Bar

March 13th, 2014 – Shortly after my visit, Ann Price had put up her Ann’s Snack Bar for sale with a $1.5 million price tag. I’m not sure you could churn out $1 million of burgers from an eight-stool burger joint.

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 if she had loosened up on the rules this time.

Ms. Ann had two folks helping her out. She seemed, dare I say, almost friendly.

New Chili Cheese Dog

The most significant difference I noticed was the chili; it wasn’t the same. All you need to do is look at and compare the chili dog with the NEW chili dog. This incarnation of Ann’s chili had an almost Hormel-like quality, something I’m not a fan of, if not at home.

Ghetto Burger or Bust

On my original visit, I ate 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 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 not to taint my burger with filler.

Ghetto Burger from Ann's Snack Bar in Atlanta, Georgia
Ghetto Burger

*The Ghetto Burger also comes cut in half, which I’m generally against, but this is one case 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.

Ms. Ann passed away shortly after my second visit. Ann’s Snack Bar won’t be around forever, so you need to make it out here and help keep Ms. Ann’s memory alive.

*There is also a Ghetto Burger at Two Guys in Overtown (Miami).

Story of Ann’s Snack Bar Ghetto Burger Video

Ms. Ann Price Has Passed Away

April 20th, 2015 – Ms. Ann passed away last Saturday at the age of 72. She will be remembered for her food and the experience of “eating at Ann’s Snack Bar.” Her best-known creation was the Ghetto Burger (Double cheeseburger with bacon, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard & chili).

During one of my first conversations with George Motz, I remember him telling me how Ms. Ann had kicked him out of Anns Snack Bar, and it wasn’t until his second visit that he finally got to try her famous burgers.

Rest in peace, Ms. Ann.

Ann’s Snack Bar In The NY Times

November 29th, 2010 – While I’m not easy to intimidate, Ann, she’s a different story. I first read about Ann’s Snack Bar in the Hamburger America book.

Since I didn’t want to get kicked out (at least not until I got to try her food), I was a good boy that day and enjoyed the grub. She has rules, and you must follow them. Now, you wanna talk about Food Landmarks; this is one (38 years and still going).

Ann’s Snack Bar is up for sale, and the New York Times recently did a great story about her: burgers are selling fast, but the restaurant is not. Read the story. You will regret it if you don’t eat here before she retires. It’s an unforgettable experience.

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