There’s a saying, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. We here at Eat a Duck couldn’t agree more. So once again, I present you with Flip Burger Boutique. This place has had a profound effect on the two of us. The ever-changing menu, the creative flavor combinations and the commitment to quality and taste, have brought us back many times. Out of all the other visits however, this one may have been the best. It may have had to do with the fact that this was the dinner that followed our amazing lunch earlier that day at Hottie Hawgs. Or it may have been the new addition to the menu, the D’lux burger…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there’s plenty of time for foie in a bit.
Flip Burger Boutique is one of those rare restaurants that the two of us, as well as our wives, can all unanimously agree on when deciding where to find our next meal. Actually there was no discussion this time, we all knew where we were going. I’ve gone into the slick atmosphere of the room in my earlier post on Flip, so I won’t waste any time describing it further. We were seated toward the rear of the restaurant in one of the four comfy booths. Our waiter, Jabel, was soon table-side, greeting us warmly. On a side note, I want to mention that all the servers we had at every restaurant on our recent Atlanta trip were especially kind and professional. Jabel got us started with some drinks straight away, making sure to take care of the little guy promptly. Logan, being the adventurous guy that he is, chose a Cap’n Crunch Milkshake, a new addition to the menu and one that we hadn’t sampled before. It was just as good as all the other shakes, the main ingredient was the star, great peanut butter taste, with that cereal flavor on the finish. It was one of those things where you’re kind of chuckling because your mind is trying to work out how you’re eating cereal and drinking a milkshake simultaneously.
Next, our food order. Three burgers and three sides were ordered for the table. Let’s start with the sides, we chose a second order of house-made fries with smoked mayo and ketchup, truffle mac n’ cheese with cauliflower béchamel, manchego and roasted cauliflower and pan roasted brussel sprouts in a ginger vin. The fries of course were delicious. I felt that the mac n’ cheese was a bit of a let down though. I couldn’t really make out the truffle flavor that you look for and I didn’t feel like the cauliflower made any significant contribution. The manchego just wasn’t gooey enough for me. The brussel sprouts however were delicious. Coming from me, a rabid sprout hater, that says a lot.
On to the burgers! First was a turkey burger with Monterey cheese, fresh avocado, pomegranate ketchup, tomato and alfalfa sprouts. Instead of a bun it was wrapped in a crisp leaf of lettuce. Next was a veggie burger. Let me tell you, when it comes to burgers, I like mine off something that moos or baas, this did neither, and it was absolutely outstanding! It consisted of a house-made black bean patty, avocado puree, bibb lettuce, grilled onions, pico de gallo, cilantro and lime juice. No boring vegetarian meal here, this thing packed a flavor that punched you in the mouth like a luchadore.
The hands down best though, was the D’lux. With a name like that, you know you’re in for something epic. Let me break it down for you, a black diamond beef patty topped with a healthy slab of seared foie gras, wild mushrooms, fried shallots and smothered in truffle aioli. Truffle? Shallot? Foie? Give me a break! It was as good as you think it’d be. Logan knew to order it rare. You’d be crazy not to with beef of this quality. The foie lent the most unctuous mouth feel, it was perfectly cooked so that it was almost liquid in the center, held together by a thin membrane. The crispy fried shallots and earthy truffle aioli rounded out an awesome burger. We both agreed that it surpassed even the famed Burger Bar, which until this point, had held the spot of greatest burger ever for both of us.
Our trip to Atlanta was truly an amazing one, just look at the culinary journey we went on. It only reinforces the point that the best times are had with great food, shared with your loved ones. So get the fam together and go have a food-venture!
Flip Burger Boutique – 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318 – 404.352.FLIP • www.flipburgerboutique.com