A colleague from out of town was visiting recently, and she wanted nothing more than to go to Abattoir and sample every squiggly bit of offal in the house. Alas, we could only meet for lunch, and the slaughterhouse is now closed midday. So we kept driving up the street and ended up at Flip Burger Boutique.
As it turns out, this a fabulous place to take out of town guests for these reasons:
In fact, the food is better than ever. The menu has undergone some revisions, and the lineup of burgers, sides and milkshakes are more interesting and varied than ever before. The kitchen has also made the admirable decision to shift almost entirely to grass-fed beef (excluding the Wagyu meat in some of the high-ticket burgers). This leaner meat makes good sense in light of the high-fat trappings of the menu.
Above you can see the best burger we tried that day: the Butcher’s Cut ($7.50) with caramelized onions, blue cheese, red wine jam and a tuft of frisée lettuce.
This Korean BBQ burger ($14) gilded an unctuous Wagyu beef pattie with braised short rib, pickled vegetables and kimchi ketchup. Rich, tangy, a little on the sweet side.
Wouldja look at all those pickles? This, friends, is the Southern ($7.50) — a batter-fried pattie slicked with melting pimento cheese and tiled with enough pickles to make a Chick-fil-a aficionado blush. This burger frankly scares me, but it tastes good. Maybe it could be a little more pimento-y.
You may wonder why we got three burgers. Because we’re pigs, that’s why.
Of course we had to have some deep-fried sides, scared or not. The rutabagas (front right, $3) are a fun curio, but they don’t hold a candle to fried pickles (back, $2) with buttermilk ranch dip. I think my friend may have taken them back to New York and enshrined them. I know the mere existence of these pickles made Atlanta seem like a magical place. The warm Moroccan cauliflower salad (front left, $4) had nice flavors, though the cauliflower would have been sweeter had it been roasted a tad longer.
No worries. We had plenty of sweet stuff in this coffee and doughnut milkshake (half of a $6 shake is pictured). It was excellent and did not have that weird, grainy texture I remember from the early days of doughnut milkshaking at Flip.
Remember Flip next time you have out-of-town guests. They will be charmed.