DC: During one of our many escapades to Atlanta, LC and I had reached the point in the night where life gets really complicated. The dilemma we were faced with sent us spiraling into a state of utter madness and confusion. Suddenly, we were faced with making one of the most difficult decisions in our lives at that moment: what and WHERE to eat!?! Well, after figuring out the “what” (we were both craving a good burger), we then had to determine the “where.” We hit the interwebs to get the dish on who’s flippin’ the best patties in the Big Peach, and after much arduous consideration, we decided to try FLIP burger boutique.
LC: FLIP burger is a trendy burger boutique in the Howell Mill area of Atlanta. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a full view of the stylish and lively interior. We arrived around 10ish and the place was abuzz with fellow burgermongers. A long row of high tables lined the center of the dining area, which presented a sort of communal dining vibe that was both interesting and fun. The hostess gave us the option of waiting for seats, or sitting at the bar. Hm. Off to the bar, we went.
DC: As we sat at the bar, we noticed a row of televisions mounted in decorative, ornate frames. Every other television displayed a different offbeat music video, which added to the ambiance of the space. As I perused the drink menu, the State of the Nation piqued my interest — Hangar One vodka, apricot-maple syrup, lemon, and ginger beer ($9). The vast array of flavors married together for a very enjoyable and unique experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and certainly endorse it as a recommendation.
LC: Being the #ChewRight component of this dynamic duo, I was definitely pleased to discover several healthier AND appealing options on the menu. OMG, the Turkey Burger sounded so exciting — Monterey cheese, crushed avocado, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, and pomegranate ketchup ($7.50). I was a bit concerned about the pomegranate ketchup, fearing it would be too fruity and sweet, but that was definitely not the case. The pomegranate and tomato actually worked beautifully together. The burger was juicy and flavorful, and did not suffer the curse of dryness that Turkey burgers often face. I’d like to add that FLIP burger offers more than the conventional, boring french fry as a side dish. I decided on the Sweet Potato Tots ($4) with Coffee BBQ Spice, and Blue Cheese Dressing. The Coffee BBQ Spice was like a dry rub and really kicked up the flavor meter. Yummers! I would totally get this dish again and again and again!
DC: Call me a weirdo, but I am not a huge fan of sweet potato-anything. However, the blue cheese dressing definitely made LC’s tots an enjoyable experience for me. So far, so good at the FLIP! For my entree, I decided on the Butcher’s Cut ($8) — beef, crumbled bleu cheese, caramelized onions, soy truffle vinaigrette, frisée, pickled shallots, red wine jam. Mmmm, can you say… party in my mouth?! I admit that the ingredients sound a bit much, but man oh man, I wouldn’t change a thing. C’etait tres delicieux! Vodka Battered Onion Rings ($4) served as the trusty sidekick to this burger of heroic proportions. The beer mustard was phenomenal, and quite possibly one of my favorite condiments in life. A++, total win!
LC: We’d heard about the “adult” milkshakes that FLIP has to offer, so we knew we needed one in our lives. Our server cosigned on that notion, so we went with the ever-popular Nutella + Burnt Marshmallow Shake ($5), spiked with Kahlua (+$5). Nutella has to be one of my all-time favorite things, so I was definitely excited to try this. The drink was good, but it didn’t match my excitement level. I didn’t quite taste the hazelnut flavor that is Nutella. It tasted like a really good super-thick chocolate shake.
DC: Thick is the keyword. I know some people enjoy their shakes that way, but I prefer an easier sip. That is just my personal preference. The flavor was good, but it did not scream Nutella for me either.
DC: Burgers can be so blahzay. No matter how hard restaurants try to be innovative, their attempts to remix the burger very rarely hit the mark. In that aspect, my friends, FLIP burger definitely succeeded. FLIP is the furthest thing from the norm, and I really appreciate the creativity involved in their choices and interesting combinations of ingredients. The vibe is sexy without trying too hard, and I genuinely enjoyed my meal and the entire experience. The only thing I wasn’t over-the-moon about was the shake, but not because it was horrible in any way; just not worth the hype.
Score: 4 / 5
FLIP burger boutique has several locations. We visited them at:
1587 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318