August 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm , by Serina Patrick
Jury Duty. Makes me wish I was a convicted felon like some folks I know. But alas, I’ve flown under the radar all these years and am still considered a reputable citizen capable of passing judgment on my peers.
On my way to the courthouse in Decatur I passed Farm Burger, one of Atlanta’s original organic burger joints, and one I had (gasp!) yet to try. During the selection process, our group of prospective jurors was given a two hour break, so I took the opportunity for a leisurely lunch there.
Inside the modern blue building, one finds repurposed barnwood behind the bar over which hangs two chalkboard style menus with items spelled out in playful mix ‘n’ match plastic letters. Distressed brown concrete floors and wooden picnic tables are accented with white brick, rustic artwork, and metal stools painted the same shade of blue as the exterior.
I placed my order at the counter…medium beef burger with gouda, caramelized onions, iceburg lettuce (the fancy kind is an extra dollar), and mayo. Avocado wasn’t available because it is out of season (OK, seriously. I get the whole farm to table, sustainable idea, but you can get avocados year round. Does this mean they don’t offer tomatoes in the winter?). I didn’t order a side, although I should have tried the fried okra which will surely be out of season when I return.
While waiting for my burger I noted the signs on the walls. Farm Burger wants us all to think about what’s in our burger. That’s why they only use grass-fed beef and rely on local farmers for produce. Defined in an excerpt from their mission statement: “Farm Burger is sustainable, local, humane, and helping to reroute our food system to function more like an ecosystem than a corporation. Our goal is to connect soil, animal, plant, rancher, butcher, chef & you…all in a simple wire basket.” That’s awesome, but are the burgers delicious?
I had a feeling I was in for a sloppy burger experience. The evidence? Rolls of paper towels on each table. When my wire basket arrived, I found a thick juicy burger tucked inside a soft sesame seed-studded bun, topped with melted gouda and lots of sweet caramelized onions, which fell into the basket here and there. My lunch required four paper towels.
The verdict? Guilty…of serving delicious burgers!
410B W. Ponce De Leon Avenue 404-378-5077
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