Monday, October 26, 2009
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Alex's dream of reviving the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, may have taken a detour, but its one that has benefited us all. I recently had a chance to chat with him a little about the restaurant and what led him to open a burger joint. It started with his desire to revitalize the crumbling market and led to his help getting a good sized grant to make that happen. His enthusiasm for what he is doing is contagious. You can't help but be charmed, even with the long waits to place your order and get your food, and the smell of past it's prime meat and seafood wafting towards you from the market stalls behind you. It's not the kind of wait that leaves you feeling annoyed and unwilling to return, there is kind of a party atmosphere. I ran into 3 people I knew, plus made new friends - Patti of http://anatomyofadinnerparty.blogspot.com/ fame and her husband Eric, just standing in line.
I ordered the turkey burger with cheese, avocado and bacon. It was maybe not the best combination ever, in part because the avocado was rather on the crunchy side, and in part because I didn't realize that the turkey patty would be heavily seasoned and include chunks of mango to help keep it moist. It was moist and had a nice brown crust, one of the better turkey burgers I have ever had, but just didn't quite "go" with what I had on it. Knowing what I do now, I would top it differently. I also had the sweet potato chips, which were good, but a little oily and didn't love the chipotle ranch dipping sauce. Luckily, Patricia T. had a bottle of Hot Squeeze, which was a way better condiment for them.
The much lauded shakes were a little bit of a disappointment for me, but I am an ice cream snob. I really don't think it's worth the calories unless it is super premium, ultra high milk fat. Unfortunately their ice cream was more Dairy Queen than Haagen Dazs, so I probably wouldn't order it again.
The Grindhouse Killer Burger experience ended up being a really fun experience and one that I would happily repeat, although not frequently, because seriously y'all, this is not in my 'hood.