Atlanta’s transformation for Super Bowl 53 has been dramatic. It includes a massive stage structure next to Atlantic Station and an NFL fairground taking over Centennial Olympic Park. Restaurants are changing their menus, too. At Bar Margot in the Four Seasons, for instance, chef Michael Patria teamed up with former Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli to create the Super Baller Burger.
At $75 apiece, the outrageous burger is excessive, yet you won’t feel guilty after eating one, thanks to a charitable tie-in with Mughelli’s foundation.
Charity aside, is a $75 burger worth it? Patria’s creation makes a convincing case. Between soft brioche buns is a hefty half-pound wagyu beef patty, perfectly cooked medium-rare. House-cured Kurobuta bacon adds a crafty saltiness, and foie gras-black truffle aioli links everything together with a punch of deep, earthy flavor. If this sounds like too much of a good thing, consider that atop the burger patty sits a whole lobster tail, perfectly fried in a crispy shell of tempura batter. The lobster tail adds welcome lightness to the burger, along with nice textural contrast.
The ingredient list alone would justify the burger’s price tag, but a donation to the Ovie Mughelli Foundation is what really makes the Super Baller Burger worth it. Mughelli’s nonprofit focuses on youth development through environmental education.
Just like the rest of the Super Bowl fanfare around Atlanta, the Super Baller Burger will be gone before you know it. It’s only available through Feb. 10. But, when the circus leaves town and we look back on the experience, it’s nice to know that the $75 spent on a unique burger will have a more lasting impact.
Bar Margot. 75 14th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-5913, barmargotatl.com.