Farm BurgerJessica | May 19, 2010
After an afternoon farmers’ market run and before a Mayweather/Mosely fight party, Mario and I decided we needed something to eat. Since we were driving through downtown Decatur, I suggested the newest purveyor feeding Atlanta’s burger frenzy, Farm Burger. Farm Burger’s claim to fame are its locally-sourced, 100% grass-fed, 2-week dry aged, daily ground burgers (which are as much of a mouthful as this sentence). We stepped into the lengthy line during what I assume was about midway through the dinner rush. It took us 30-45 minutes to reach the counter and place our orders and another 15 for the food to arrive. The line never got any shorter during this or the other 30min-1h it took us to eat. All I’m saying is, go prepared for a wait.
Farm Burger offers a $6 “base burger” to which you can add toppings ranging from free to $3. There are also pre-made selections you can order fast-food number system style. We were told at the counter that all burgers are either cooked medium or well-done, and the cashier suggested everyone try medium to start. I believe this is a departure from the “medium only” rule that Farm Burger started with, and I’m guessing the change is due to customer complaints. Not everyone likes pink burgers. I’m a medium-well kinda gal, but I decided to go with what was suggested and was happy with the temperature of the meat. I decided to order a No. 1, the “Farm Burger” (grafton smoked white cheddar, caramelized onions, FB sauce) to try out the signature offering. Mario put together his own burger with cheddar and bacon:
I really wasn’t impressed with my farm burger. There’s no denying that there was a difference in the taste of the beef, and it was really great. If I could afford grass-fed beef on a regular basis, I’d totally get it, and I can credit Farm Burger with changing my mind. But the overall burger just wasn’t that good. Maybe it was the sloppiness of the “Farm Burger Sauce” that rendered the bun and meat a mushy mess, or the fact that sides don’t come with the meal, a la Flip Burger (I don’t know why, but having to order fries separately just irks me). Maybe it would have been a better idea to go with my “go to” burger, something with blue cheese and bacon, instead of the Farm Burger. If I lived in Decatur, I might return to give it a try. But since my meal was mediocre and it’s a little out of the way, I can’t say I’ll be going back.