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Doings around Decatur: A chicken burger and a renewed German Bakery

chickenburgerMy family and I can recite the menu at Taqueria del Sol upside down and backwards because we go there so often. Farm Burger, right across the street, has not been part of our regular too-lazy-or-bare-of-pantry-to-cook rotation because — truthfully — one or more of us isn’t in the mood for red meat. (There’s a quinoa-based veggie burger, but it’s been bland and crumbly.)

When we stopped by Taqueria last week the line snaked out the door and clear to the end of the parking lot. So we ventured across the street to discover a much shorter wait at Farm Burger and — lo! — a new chicken burger. I found this patty of well seasoned ground chicken quite delicious, particularly after outfitting it with fried eggplant, arugula and pickled jalapeños. My wife, who was in the mood for a seriously beefy hamburger, got one with cheddar and bacon and declared it snarftastic.

photo 2I also recently stopped by the German Bakery (2914 White Boulevard, Decatur, 404-508-5900), just off Lawrenceville Highway by the Home Depot. If you’ll recall, the owners decided to shutter this 48-year-old landmark in January, citing poor sales. New owners recently reopened the bakery with the same bakers and recipes — including the famous eclairs, German chocolate cake, thumbprint cookies and sandwich bread. There are a few tables inside now, and the woman at the counter told me that they plan to start serving lunch soon.

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October 25th, 2010
11:00 am

I was sad when they closed the place – the cakes were excellent and priced reasonably. Glad to see they reopened.

Ramona Clef

October 25th, 2010
11:55 am

I quite liked the quinoa burger but that might have had more to do with the recommended toppings. I’ll probably try the chicken burger someday but it will be difficult as I am crazy about the beef at FB and put very little on it.
Another “Doing around Decatur” if I may make a plug, the Decatur Wine Festival is November 6. We’ll have 448 wines and 15 restaurants giving out samples. And music, and drawings. Always fun and the proceeds all go to the Decatur Arts Alliance. More info at
Hope to see you and all your readers there.

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October 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

I went to the Candler Park Fall Fesk this weekend. Got to try the Yumbii truck, and King of Pops at the same venue! Made my weekened. I thought the tacos were fantastic, if a bit overpriced. Not sure if that was the venue, or if they have changed their price and are now $4 a pop (a bit pricey IMO)… And the coconut lemongrass pop i got was wonderful.

Gene Lee

October 25th, 2010
12:28 pm

Mmmm, will there be kraut?


October 25th, 2010
2:01 pm

You can find the King of Pops most afternoons at the corner of North and Highland, across from Manuals.

Sophie's Choice

October 25th, 2010
2:18 pm

Good to know FB is offering a beef alternative besides the quinoa burger, which is just flat-out awful, even with any number of accoutrements…


October 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

Rick — great, but I work up in the Sticks of Alpharetta.


October 25th, 2010
3:40 pm

Just went to the German Bakery this afternoon. Very reasonably priced and the food is high quality. Just may start grabbing my baked goods from the German Bakery every week instead of YDFM.


October 25th, 2010
6:35 pm

FB vegetarians should try the salads and fries. The quinoa thing falls apart when you try to pick it up and is not good enough to go through the effort of getting it to your mouth. Very sad for this veggie- centric city. Wish they’d do a california-syle burger or try something else. (but please no slimy Flip mushroom burger!)
Thrilled German bakery is back.
Agree that Yumbli tofu burrito made Candler Park festival a happy place for supper!

John Kessler

October 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

That Flip mushroom burger kind of deflates before your eyes….not a happy patty.


October 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

My fiancee (and everyone else I know who’s tried it) loves the quinoa burger. To each their own I suppose.


October 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

This is interesting-I’ve had the Flip Mushroom burger and loved it-a quinoa and bean burger from Grindhouse in the Auburn Curb Market is to die for, it’s so good-I want to try Farm Burger, but dry and crumbly doesn’t sound good. Can anyone compare the Grindhouse and Farm Burger versions for me?

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Doc Cheney

October 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

You can always tell who the fatties are on here. They always use exclamation points when they are talking about food.
For example, “OMG, Checkers has the best french fries!!!”


October 27th, 2010
11:45 am

Not crazy about fb, very pricey. I make my own grass fed burgers and they are just as good. Just another Atlanta trend. Burgers galore, but with toppings I like, it ends up being $ 15.00 and it was counter service. Vortex burgers still rule for less


October 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

Bibi, the difference between Grindhouse and FB veg burgers is simple: the first is delicious, the latter isn’t at all, plus it has the much-mentioned very undesirable texture, is expensive, and of course usually requires waiting in a typically painfully long line. I can walk to FB but am happy to drive all the way to Yeah! Burger for the numerous options there. It seems unconscionable that FB doesn’t have a decent beef alternative (turkey, anyone?); but, as a friend pointed out, FB isn’t exactly hurting for business, so they don’t have to care about variety or customer desires. At least Grindhouse is open one evening per week now, so it’s a bit easier to satisfy the craving.

German Cafe & Bakery

October 27th, 2010
3:54 pm

Thank you for the mention.
Our number is not as listed above it is 404-508-5900.

John Kessler

October 28th, 2010
8:13 am

That must have been the old number. Sorry, we’ll fix it! Thanks!