In Atlanta for a couple of days? Head over to Flip Burger Boutique in Midtown. Flip Burger Boutique does not look like the typical burger joint, it’s sleek and sexy with chrome chairs and white leather booths. TV screens are framed with baroque frames painted white.
The restaurant is owned by Richard Blais. The chef known for his ingenious and innovative style of cooking, and winner of Top Chef Season 8, All Stars.
What really surprised me was the restraint the food showed. The onion rings dipped in tempura batter are impossibly light although they do have a strange shortening like aftertaste. The pickles are to die for, savory with just a hint of sweetness. They come in a cute little jar, and I wanted to buy an entire case.
Order the Butcher’s Cut burger: caramelized onion, Bleu cheese, red wine jam, frisee, pickled shallots and truffle vinaigrette. It was perfection. The red wine jam was delicious and the frisee added a spark of freshness.
Or try The Burger of the day : country fried beef with pimento cheese, green tomato chow-chow and bread and butter pickles. It was good, but could have used a splash of spiciness.
The next day I headed to the World of Coca-Cola for a behind the scenes look at my favorite soda.The mini factory tour with the temperamental Fizzy bot, a production robot was fun. They start with an empty bottle and it goes through the process and is sent upstairs where you get to take it home. And it says made in Atlanta.
Of course the best part of the tour is trying the various Coke products produced around the world. Out of 64 I managed to try about 30. My favorite was the Frosty Melon from Thailand.
The World of Coca-Cola is located at Pemberton Place; the Georgia Aquarium, Olympic Centennial Park and CNN are also within walking distance.
Buzzing on my sugar high, I headed to the quaint neighborhood of Virginia-Highlands. I found myself in Atkins Park Tavern, “Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern”. My comfy booth and the gloomy interior were a panacea to my over caffeinated nerves.
The tavern has free Wi-Fi so I was able to catch up on a few emails while I snacked on boiled peanuts, southern bar food and fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese risotto and quenched my thirst with a couple pints of Abita Restoration Pale Ale.
I ended the day in true southern fashion by picking up some barbecue at the Barbecue Kitchen; a popular local place–especially on Sunday. The pork and beef brisket is good, but the true star is the Brunswick stew. The tomato-based stew was thick with barbecued pork, charred corn and beans.
World of Coca-Cola
Cost is $16 for an adult ticket
Atkins Park Tavern
1437 Virginia Ave
College Park, GA30337