As some of you know, I’ve just recently moved from Atlanta, GA. Now when I moved down there, I wasn’t expecting it to be some sort of gastronomical landmark by any means. When I go to a new place, the first thing I do is start researching the local eateries, trying to find those hidden gems that you only hear about through the grape-vine. Well my search rewarded me with one of the most unique burger joints that I’ve found. Flip Burger Boutique in downtown Atlanta takes an old American staple and sends it around the world like a piece of luggage collecting flavors like souvenir stickers.
Personally, I’m bored with beef, cheese, ketchup, and mustard on a bun. Flip is the remedy, with inspired concoctions like the Korean BBQ with a wagyu patty, braised short ribs, kimchee ketchup, pickled veg, and tempura onions.
Or maybe the Steak Tartare, with hanger steak, garlic, chili, capers, Worcestershire, pickled onions, frisée salad, smoked mayo, and a sous-vide egg yolk (the waitress made a point of telling me it was raw, thank you I’ll have two). Some burgers are pushing the limits of what you call a burger (apparently it’s anything between a bun) like the Tuna Tartare, with sambal, pine nuts, garlic, wasabi mayo, avocado, carrots, togarashi, cucumber and soy mango yolk.
Here’s my Ossobuco burger with a veal patty, topped with braised veal, gremolata mayo, braised ketchup (can you braise ketchup?) and crispy fried onions.
Half of the menu is composed of options that involve no beef at all, instead using shrimp, crab, lamb, pork, mushrooms, and even falafel. The burgers however, are only part of the allure at Flip. They have a selection of sides and milkshakes that are so delicious, so genius, that I feel it’s a crime no one thought of them sooner. Vodka battered onions rings with a beer honey mustard, panko & parmesan zucchini fries with gremolata mayo, and my personal favorite, buffalo sweetbread nuggets with ranch and blue cheese foam. What other burger joint do you know of that serves up spicy sweetbreads?
I’m gonna need a new paragraph for this next part…Foie Gras milkshake. Yes, that is actually a thing. I can see your face through the interweb, it really IS so delicious, and it really DOES taste like foie gras. Granted with generous amounts of vanilla, but the point is that it exists (I could have done with more foie but what else is new). Not to be outdone are a pistachio and white truffle shake, Nutella and burnt marshmallow, and another favorite, the Krispy Kreme shake. All of the shakes are made with fresh ice cream and real ingredients. These aren’t Krispy Kreme, Nutella, or white truffle “flavored” shakes, there are actual whole Krispy Kreme donuts in the shake, they actually spoon the Nutella out of the jar. Excessive? maybe. I think it’s pure genius. There’s so much to choose from, it’s all delicious, and just so well thought out. Flip is one of those places I don’t mind driving a half hour to eat there alone. Everything is fresh, everything is exciting and new (they do have a regular cheeseburger if you just can’t find ANYTHING else that looks good). So, if you’re in Atlanta, and I can’t stress this enough, make it a point to go here, oh and get a foie shake to go.