Ann’s Snack Bar


I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was spent checking off bucket list items and preparing for our farewell road trip to see family and friends. As you read this RG, Marley and myself are packed down on our way to DC. We will be on the road for the next week and a half. I hope to update you along the way, but don’t hold it against me if my posts are a bit spread out. This is a jam-packed trip…stopping in VA/DC to see my family, a night’s rest at the casino in WV, a night on the town in Indianapolis with great friends, a longer stop in Columbus IN with RG’s family and then a quick night out in Nashville. Whew!

Enough about our trip…I wanted to take this post to share about my experience at Ann’s Snack Bar a couple of weeks ago. It was not what I expected and actually exceeded my expectations…

RG and I ventured to Ann’s Snack Bar one day when I was working from home…this was strategic because, I don’t eat a lot of red meat so I figured a juicy greasy burger would put me in a food coma, and a food coma is much better at home than in a cubicle. What a food coma I was in after! Ann’s Snack Bar is world-famous for their Ghetto Burger. This burger is built from scratch in a small kitchen that resembles that of your grandmother’s. An old refrigerator that sticks a bit when it is opened, a white stove with stains by the burners and everything kept in tupperware that has been used 100’s of times. But instead of your grandmother’s kitchen this is a diner off Memorial Ave in Atlanta (not quite in the hood but on the verge).

Me and my Ghetto Burger
Me and my Ghetto Burger

There are only eight stools in the diner and only eight people allowed in at any given time. If the stools are full you wait outside until one opens up…no exceptions. Even if you are ordering to-go you sit on your stool until your meal is ready. It’s a bit reminiscent of the Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” episode. Each burger takes about 30 minutes to make, but it is well worth wait. The Ghetto burger consists of two burger patties topped with thick American cheese, a scoop of homemade chili, bacon, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and a special seasoning. The first bite is difficult, it barely fits in your mouth, the fixings are squirting out the sides and you have no idea what to expect. What comes next is an explosion of flavors in your mouth, it all mixes just perfectly, with the chili making all the difference.

I only wish I had tried this place years ago…it would have made it into my rotation of lunch spots. I totally understand why it has been written up in the New York Times and many other national publications.

RG and his Hood Burger...instead of lettuce and tomato it has cole slaw
RG and his Hood Burger…instead of lettuce and tomato it has cole slaw

Take a long lunch, venture into the shady neighborhood, pull up a stool and have yourself a nice juicy burger. You will not regret this splurge in calories!

The assembly line
The assembly line
Ghetto Burger
Ghetto Burger
Ann's Snack Bar
Ann’s Snack Bar

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