The item most people will walk away talking about, whether they try a bite of it or not, is what’s called the “artery annihilator,” a bacon cheeseburger set between a toasted Krispy Kreme doughnut. The winning combination of meat and sugar, especially with bacon, shouldn’t be a surprise. Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup taste good, so why shouldn’t this burger? And it does. It is, however, the kind of thing that’s fun and decadent while you’re eating it, but hard not to regret once you’ve finished.
The rest of the menu is a standard mix of recognizable oddities — Tater Tots loaded with cheese, jalapenos, bacon chives and drizzles of sour cream, outrageously huge and crispy onion rings, and smoked corn dogs of the mini variety with a not-too-tangy honey mustard for dipping. Of course, there are the obligatory salads that allow the restaurant to claim that not everything served is deep fried or between a bun.
It’s best to stick with the burgers and shakes. Like most burger palaces, The Burger Club allows you to choose between Angus or Kobe beef, plus a tuna steak, lamb, turkey and bison. And like most places, beef is among the best offerings, whether topped simply with bacon, red onion marmalade and Roquefort cheese, or loaded down with fried shrimp and a slab of cheese. The lamb burger is the most inventive and best on the menu; stacked with tzitziki sauce, feta cheese, thin cucumbers and sliced tomatoes, it’s served between grilled pita slices rather than a bun.
Then there are the milk shakes. For kids, there are plenty of choices, from chocolate to peach, plus floats of all sorts. For adults, there are triple-X-loaded shakes that are so much better than any of the desserts (which seem like they came from a box). Start with a creamsicle and end with a chocolate milk shake with espresso-flavored vodka.
Between a milk shake and a burger between a Krispy Kreme doughnut, you won’t need to eat for days.
The Burger Club
Food: Burgers and such
Service: Young, prompt and very courteous
Price range: $-$$
Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
Hours of operation: Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Best dishes: Artery annihilator burger, lamb burger, onion rings, loaded milk shakes
Vegetarian selections: Black bean burger, salads
Parking: Adjacent lot
Reservations: Call ahead for parties of six or more
Wheelchair access: Yes
Noise level: Medium
Address, telephone: 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 150, Atlanta, 678-888-9036
Web site: www.greatfoodinc.com/The_Burger_Club/Home.html
Pricing code: $$$$$ means more than $75; $$$$ means $75 and less; $$$ means $50 and less; $$ means $25 and less; $ means $15 and less. The price code represents a typical full-course meal for one excluding drinks.
Key to AJC ratings
Sets the standard for fine dining in the region.
One of the best in the Atlanta area.
Merits a drive if you're looking for this kind of dining.
A worthy addition to its neighborhood, but food may be hit and miss.
Food is more miss than hit.
Restaurants that do not meet these criteria may be rated Poor.
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