Atlanta Food Critic

Collegiate Grill, Gainesville, GA

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I had read a short time ago of the top burger joints in the US by USAToday. I noted Collegiate Grill and was determined to check it out. Yes, it’s a little drive but those of you who know me and/or follow the blog know that I am no stranger to the road and look for reasons to get out of town on a more than regular basis.

We’d tried to do this the prior weekend but didn’t make it in time. For reasons unknown they close at 7pm (not open on Sunday at all). Hence, this is why we unexpectedly found ourselves at 2 Dog  (READ REVIEW).

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You cannot get any closer to 1947 (when Collegiate Grill opened) without going back in time. This is what modern burger joints like Five Guys (READ REVIEW) try to emulate. In fact, we found ourselves constantly reminded of Five Guys.

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We ordered two of the large (1/4 lb) cheeseburgers. I had mine with bacon and onions, a hot dog to share and fries.

The burgers were good but in my humble opinion just a tad overdone. The bacon was very crisp but I prefer it just to the point where it begins to curl. The onions are white, raw and diced (just like I love them).

The fries were homemade, naturally, and quite addictive. I’d love to see what these folks could do with onion rings! (hint, hint)

The hot dog was truly YUMMY! It almost had a sausage flavor! Really, really good!

While we were dining I generally send out a tweet stating where we are and stay tuned for the review the next day. I received a quick reply from @HunterThornton telling me of his recent visit and that I would be remiss if I did not try the milkshake.

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And Hunter, you were SO right. Rich, creamy and so delicious.

So, #1 in Georgia? That’s not our vote but it is pretty darn good and I KNOW you’ll love it.

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