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Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s the longing for a backyard cookout, but AJC readers showed up for last week’s poll.
We asked you who has the best burger in metro Atlanta, and more than 12,000 of you voted. Enough of you emailed for us to add three write-in nominees. Y’all are serious about your burgers.
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Although all nominees received quite a few votes, four received more than 1,000.
At No. 4 was write-in nominee KirbyG's Diner & Pub in McDonough. Crowned world burger champs in 2018, KirbyG's "is a cook-to-order family owned 1950's diner known for burgers, sandwiches & salads," it's website states.
No. 3 went to intown Atlanta staple The Vortex. "It's good to be bad," its website states. How bad? Instead of telling customers they couldn't smoke inside, The Vortex became a 21 and older restaurant. Even though The Vortex is now smoke-free — by request of the customers — the restaurant still bans "the little buggers."
No. 2 moved up a spot from 2019. US Cafe began more than 25 years ago in Smyrna. US Cafe has "been proud to serve our burgers, wings, and French fries the way they're supposed to be — fresh, natural, and cooked to order," its website states.
The winner of our 2020 Best of Atlanta burger poll is made in a gas station — and got more than a third of the votes. Billy Kramer, owner of NFA Burger in Dunwoody, says NFA stands for "not fooling around." NFA is a fixture in Salim Thobani's Chevron station at 5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Road and has a huge following for its huge burgers.
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