Want bourbon chicken and egg rolls for breakfast? Done.
Need a cocktail at 7am? No problem.
Have to pay $7.50 for a plain bagel? Get in line.
Want the No. 4 combo from Krystal even though you’d never be caught dead there any other day of your life? No one around you is judging.
Well...that’s not entirely true. Clearly, I’m judging.
I try to avoid bad eating habits when I’m in an airport. My eating habits are bad enough as it is - there’s no need to get even more ridiculous just because I’m flying.
If I’m hungry when I travel, I try to at least keep my body on a normal clock and find unique things to eat in an airport. This doesn’t mean I’m seeking out crazy types of curry, pho or tortas during every layover, but I do look for restaurants that have some connection to the local area.
On a recent trip to the Atlanta airport, I happened to have a layover during the lunch hours. When I saw a Grindhouse Killer Burgers next to my gate, lunch became an easy decision.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers has expanded in the past couple years, and they’ve gone from having a single location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta to now having four locations, including one in the D Concourse at the airport. While others settle for the mediocre burgers and fries of McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Checkers, I took advantage of the opportunity to have my first Grindhouse burger.
The menu features a variety of burger options and sides. You can build your own with a selection of toppings, or select different burgers with a pre-set combination of toppings. You can also choose between having a single beef patty or double.
It takes a while for the food to be served once you order at the counter, but I take this as a good sign things are freshly prepared. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, the wait is well worth it.
The potato bun gets this burger off to a great start, and the fact that it’s toasted makes it even better. The American cheese melts beautifully on the thick, flavorful beef patty and the grind house sauce reminded me of a Thousand Island dressing or Big Mac special sauce. When everything tastes fresh, it usually leads to very good flavor, which is what Grindhouse accomplishes.
I was also a big fan of the crinkle cut fries. Am I the only one who thinks crinkle cut fries are seriously underrated? It seemed like Shake Shack made if one of the trends at these upscale quick-serve burger restaurants, and I think them for it. The Grind House fries were hot, crispy and tasty.
People settle for terrible airport food far too often. It doesn’t have to be this way.
If you’re craving a burger in the Atlanta airport, don’t get suckered into one of the terrible dining options. Instead, give Grindhouse Killer Burgers a try.
Grind House Killer Burgers
Atlanta Airport - Concourse D
6000 N. Terminal Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30320