|Top Chef alum Richard Blais|
|The new Buckhead Flip location|
That's why I was so excited to get a preview of the new Flip Buckhead yesterday. It's open for business as of today, in the old Blockbuster location in the Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center in Buckhead. Turns out that each location - the original, the new Buckhead spot, Birmingham and the soon to open DC will have slightly different menus, inspired by the executive chef's own inspirations as well as locally available meat and produce. Little did I realize, but much of Flip's menu is locally sourced, but they don't tout it since they believe that's just how food should be. I wholeheartedly agree, so it's nice not to be hit over the head with a farm-to-table message.
|Scrumptious fries and Potato Skins with Cheese Wizard and Bacon Marmalade|
That said, I do love a good food orgy, especially when the food is as interesting and tasty as Flip's, so who am I to complain? Blais describes the food as fine dining between buns and said he tries to create burgers that if reformatted into a non-burger form would be considered high end cuisine.
We sampled a smorgasbrod of burgers, apps, sides and shakes including new items such as carnitas burgers, venison burgers, potato skins with cheese wizard and bacon marmalade, lentil and plantain salads, and nut 'n honey milkshakes. I just left out quite a few dishes, so you can imagine the spread! As I'd expect, the burgers are quite good. Venison was bit gamier than I'd prefer in a burger, but the belly melt, rBQ and carnitas were all interesting twists on the backyard favorites.
|Flip's new Venison Burger|
To me, though, it's the sides and shakes that really stand out. Maybe it's just that there are so many great burgers out there now, but for me a great fry or shake to makes a good meal a great one. The fries are crispy but light served with an addictive smoked mayo. The fried pickles and onion rings are neither dense or fall apart, and the sauces served with them - a beer hone mustard and buttermilk sriancha, respectively - made it hard for me to stop, despite being stuffed to the gills. The potato skins served with a Blais take on cheeze whiz were particularly compelling, although I wish there were more cheese and bacon marmalade to go around!
I would have indulged even more in the three delicious milkshakes at my table if I weren't concerned with the social quandary of how to effectively share a shake with a virtual stranger. Jonathan from citysearch seems like a lovely fellow, but I wasn't sure I was ready to swap spit with him! That said, what little I had of the nutella + burnt marshmallow was delectable in the classic thick chocolatey shake kind of way and the thai chai had a fruitier, almost creamsicle quality. Yum!
|Cheerio inspired Nut 'n Honey milkshake|
|Surveying the damage. This is after a bunch of plates were cleared!|
All in all, if you haven't been to Flip in a while or never checked it out in the first place, it's definitely worth a visit. Creative, sexy and totally satisfying, it's a worthy entrant into the burger wars.
3655 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30342