It’s been quite some time since I’ve dined at Flip, but now that Blais’ burger boutique has taken over the former HD1 haute dog location, I asked LG to join me there for an impromptu lunch. The weather was perfect, so we chose a table on the rooftop patio.
Much like its Westside and Buckhead cousins, the space has been “flipped”, with a spaceage mural on the far wall and red and white accents. The menu features the same burgers the other locations serve, with luxury toppings like foie gras and truffle aioli, plus an assortment of “burgers” made with decidedly unburger-like ingredients such as shrimp or tuna tartare.
What lunch would be complete without cocktails? LG was in the mood for red wine while I tried to decide between beer and a cocktail, then inexplicably landed on Air Mail, a drink made with anejo rum, prosecco, honey syrup, lime, and angostura, rather than the more obvious choice of Heaven or Las Vegas made with blanco tequila, cranberry-jalapeno puree, lime, and agave. Like the cocktail I ordered last week at Flip’s neighbor Sweet Auburn Barbecue, my drink was made in a 6 oz. cordial glass…a bit small considering its $8.50 pricetag.
A prix fixe lunch is offered on weekdays, so we ordered one of our meals as a combo with fries to share. I considered the Oaxaca or the Farmer burger, both made with beef, but ended up ordering the turkey burger with Monterey cheese, crushed avocado, tomato, and alfalfa sprouts, subbing the pomegranate ketchup with smoked mayo.
LG did order the Farmer topped with Tillamook aged cheddar, apple chutney, kale, and smoked mayo. Service was anything but brisk, easily attributable to the servers running up and down the stairs constantly. Forgivable. When our burgers finally arrived, the kitchen had made mine with the ketchup after all. Luckily, the crispy fries came with mayo for dipping (kudos!), so I spread some of it on the top half of the bun, and tossed the ketchup-coated half like a frisbee, splatting on a passing car’s windshield (just kidding, but it’s entirely possible!).
Once adjusted, I loved the freshness of the avocado, tomato, and sprouts. The burger itself was juicy if not a little greasy, but delicious nonetheless. Of course, our server didn’t show up again until we were nearly finished, so getting the burger redone was out of the question. I ordered an Abita Purple Haze after I informed her of the ketchup error.
Remember when Flip was the only gourmet burger restaurant opened by a chef? I recall the burger patties were more petite in those days. Now we’ve got Shaun Doty’s Yeah! Burger, Linton Hopkins’ 10 O’clock burger at Holeman & Finch, and numerous organic and specialty burger joints like Farm Burger, and Grindhouse. Seems the competition has forced Blais and company to make their burgers a bit more substantial.
The rooftop patio is super cool…there’s even a lounge area with sofas. Flip is anything but fast food…more of a burger destination. And on an idyllic spring day, it’s a cheeseburger in paradise.
664 N. Highland Avenue 404-815-1127