“Artisanal” burger spots have seemed to pop up all over Atlanta lately.
I decided to try the newly opened Farm Burger in Dunwoody the other week solely for convenience (nearby dinner place to catch up with my BFF) and curiosity (a supposed foodie spot in a strip mall in quintessential Atlanta suburbia??).
Premise of Farm Burger is that you know where your food is sourced and burgers are 100% grassfed beef that are dry-aged and ground fresh. Also, there’s an entire board of daily specials.
Sounds great, but still … it’s in a strip mall … in suburbia … and it was great!
Dee and I were ravenous after a busy day, so we found ourselves there at about 5:30 p.m. expecting to be the only people in the restaurant. But there was actually a decent crowd (and not everyone was above the age of 70), and starting around 6 p.m. it started filling up fast!
You order at the bar before seating yourself. Food came out so fast it was mind-boggling. The staff was the most attentive and friendly I’ve encountered in a long time – even for Atlanta – and they all seemed genuinely proud of the menu and restaurant.
In addition to regular “select your own toppings” burgers, they had some inventive ones I’ve never seen before. I was intrigued by, and skeptical of, the Vietnamese banh mi-inspired burger – it was very good. The pickled carrots and daikon helped cut the richness of the burger (and in a more interesting/less conflicting way than pickles would) and the cilantro, jalapenos and chili mayo added nice punches. Props for including housemade pork paté because it’s essential for a true banh mi sandwich, but I didn’t think it added much to the burger.
A surprising standout of the meal was an appetizer from the daily specials board – essentially a caprese salad, but with fried fresh mozzarella. Slightly too heavily seasoned with salt, but SO good. Not sure why I’ve never thought or heard of using fried mozzarella this way!
Very happy we went to Farm Burger. It was a diamond in the
rough strip mall for a casual, but tasty dinner. An added plus was that the restaurant had Morelli’s ice cream in the front half of the restaurant. Ice cream is super creamy – coffee and strawberry were our favorite flavors. Also, chocolate dipped cones are fresh dipped when you order!
Farm Burger, 4514B Chamblee Dunwoody Dr, Dunwoody, GA, 770-454-2201