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Enjoy that ‘only in a restaurant’ flavor at home

The McDowell burger from Local Three has that “only in a restaurant” flavor.
The McDowell burger from Local Three has that “only in a restaurant” flavor.

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Dish of the Week: McDowell burger from Local Three

Jonathan Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q told me recently that he did a takeout order from Poor Hendrix with a side of fries, “and we were saying, ‘Wow, when was the last time we had actual french fries?’”

Deep-fried food is one of those things restaurants can do with ease that are much harder to do at home. Fox’s story mirrored my own feelings upon receiving a large order my wife and I placed from Local Three that included the McDowell, a double-patty smashed burger, served with a heap of tots.

A great burger is achievable at home, but the kind I usually grill are thick, juicy patties over hot charcoal. It’s more difficult at home to achieve the crispy-edged Maillard-bomb you get with a smashed, griddled burger.

For the unfamiliar, the darkened, crunchy crust that forms on the exterior of food isn’t from burning; it’s from the Maillard reaction, a complex interaction between the food’s amino acids and sugars that occurs when even heat is applied. You can get a good Maillard reaction at home, but there’s a certain je ne sais quoi added by those expansive restaurant flat-tops that have been seasoned by the smashing of thousands of burgers.

Local Three’s McDowell oozes with that “only in a restaurant” flavor, while checking all the technical burger boxes: It’s large, with patties that extend to or past the edges of the bun, and it’s juicy, especially with the help of gooey melted cheese slices on each patty.

Local Three is offering Muss & Turner's famous Evil chocolate chip cookie dough by the quart, with simple bake-at-home instructions. 
Local Three is offering Muss & Turner's famous Evil chocolate chip cookie dough by the quart, with simple bake-at-home instructions. 

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

If the McDowell represents a type of excellence found only in restaurants, Local Three has another takeout option that fully embraces the pleasures of being at home. They sell a quart of sister restaurant Muss & Turner’s Evil chocolate chip cookie dough, which comes with simple bake-at-home instructions.

Between the restaurant-style burger and the ultimate home comfort of warm chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven, this new world of takeout dining starts to look beautiful.

Local Three Kitchen & Bar. 3290 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta. 404-968-2700, localthree.com.

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