Holeman & Finch Braves Burger Gets A Ticket Package

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 28, 2013

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So it’s been about a month since Southern Living told us that the Atlanta Braves were adding a Holeman & Finch burger stand at Turner Field.  Turns out, there’s a little bit more to the story.

Here a few neat little details:

a) There are three stands serving up the double stack patties, not one!

b) There are a limited number burgers available each game.  That’s not surprising given the fact that 24 are made each night when the burgers go live at 10pm back at the gastro pub.  However, the Braves has released a HF Burger Ticket Package.  Available on Braves.com, there are 24 of these tickets available each game.  Basically, you get a seat in the pavilion and are guaranteed a burger.  If you haven’t had it before … the H+F burger is a double patty cheese burger served with three house-made treats: ketchup, mustard, and pickles.  Also, it’s served on a pan de mie bun from their bakery. The cost for the package is $32.  Yes, H+F will send an employee to each home game to monitor quality control.

c) If you don’t buy a burger ticket (which is special b/c it looks different than the other Braves tickets also commemorative), you can still snag one at any of those dedicated stands.  What’s bad ass is that the burgers are $10, aka the same price as they are at H+F’s mother ship.  That’s a far cry from the ludicrously priced steak sandwich Kevin Rathbun serves at the game.  That alternative gourmet option is something crazy like $24.  [I don’t remember the exact price]

Anyway, just thought it was worth a mention … if you missed the link to buy tickets that’s earlier in the post, here it is again!

Holeman & Finch Ramen 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 11, 2011

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Holeman & Finch’s foundation is in the craft beverages they mix up; however, their food is no slouch.  Actually, H+F is most well-known as “that place with the 10 o’clock burger.”  But beyond their nationally acclaimed burger, this gastro pub offers a constantly changing menu that has more than a few dishes worth talking about.

One of the latest additions to their current menu is a pork skin ramen.  Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that’s going through a renaissance not unlike the current burger and pizza craze.  While not as prolific of a trend as burgers or pizza, ramen has been getting a lot of love from all sorts of restaurants who are adding this dish in a one off setting.  H+F is just the latest to do so.

Holeman & Finch’s ramen actually reminds me more of phở than it does of traditional ramen.  It’s absolutely loaded with garlic and ginger, and the murky soup seems to elicit the characteristics of lemongrass (though that may just be my imagination) perhaps on account of the abundant inclusion of coriander leaves.  But regardless of what traditionalists will say, this packed with flavor “ramen” will no doubt get your tongue to move.

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The base of the broth is of course pork, it’s touched with a hint of hot sauce, topped with a huge slice of H+F’s housemade bread, and comes in at $12 per order.  The fun little twist is the chopped bits of pork skin that hide like mines beneath the sea surface and detonate in your mouth with a soupy crunch.  Cutting through the five-minute egg floating in the center might take a little effort, but that’s what happens when you try and wrangle a free floating cocoon of gooey yolk.  Pop that sucker open, watch the yellow spill like oil, and  comprise your bite of a good helping of all the little ingredients the ramen offers.

It’s not the greatest ramen ever to land in Atlanta, but Holeman & Finch’s newest creation is certainly worth an order … it’s packed with flavor and that butter toasted bread is the ultimate dipping tool.  Check it out and let me know what you think … I most definitely dig it.

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 · view map
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The Bowery: LA’s Best Burger?

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 04, 2011

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Named after a once seedy section of Manhattan, The Bowery offers a taste of New York City to those who call Los Angeles home.  Occasionally identified as the purveyor of LA’s best burger, The Bowery also attracts a good number of out of town visitors, as was the case with yours truly during my West coast trip.

The Bowery can most easily be identified as a gastro pub, a byname they embrace by self-proclaiming the title of LA’s first such establishment.  A NYC inspired white subway tile exterior with a small patio serves as The Bowery’s call to arms.  Inside, those white tiles are supplanted by jet black ones as a handful of two-tops form a banquette; in a space dominated by the bar, The Bowery’s interior is packed tightly.  To round out the ambiance, a chalkboard drink menu is located near the front, displaying The Bowery’s repertoire of adult beverages.  It’s a simple setting that sets the stage for a not so straightforward menu.

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MB Post: A Very Naughty Restaurant

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 29, 2011

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MB Post, the short form of Manhattan Beach Post, has been a buzzing Los Angeles area restaurant for several months.  A Modern American gastro pub, this David LeFevre helmed establishment reportedly packs them in on a nightly basis; so during the LA stop of my West Coast tour, I made it a point to take Flipper for a ride to see what the chatter was all about.

MB Post sits about 10-minutes south of LAX, just a few blocks off the Pacific Ocean.  The menu is frequently rotated selection of cheeses, meats, veggies, seafood, and everything in between.  But it’s not simply just a list of items that categorically fit those descriptions.  Instead, the menu, and by extension the atmosphere, is a playful experience that comfortably settles in amongst America’s ragging food trends.

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Dear Canon, I’m Sorry But Blame Eater Seattle 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 24, 2011

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Dear Beth,

Let me start by saying that I am sorry.  You did a great job and thanks in part to owner Jamie Boudreau (@JamieBoudreau) and chef Melinda Bradley, you have a fine product to work with.  But when we arrived at Canon in Capitol Hill, we were several sheets to the wind and in the midst of culinary gluttony.  You were server number four of six on the night.  Though you had to engage our already drunk asses, you left the most indelible mark of all our assistants.  We may not have been the quietest of tables; but, I believe our behavior was somewhat justified.  Let me explain.

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Minetta Tavern New York & The $26 Burger [Out of Town]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 05, 2011

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Peering through my looking glass, a once formidable cocktail whose specifics elude me at this juncture, I find my mind fluttering and, most importantly, my stomach growling.  Mind you, this isn’t on account of an empty belly; rather, I’ve bellied up at one of the most notable gastro pubs in the world.  I’ve finally made my way over to the Michelin rated Minetta Tavern, and before I can even sit down, I can tell I’m going to be a better man for it.

In 2009, when proprietor Keith McNally (of Balthazar ilk) introduced New York to this Art Deco era bistro homage, the praise came quickly, often, and adoringly.  No doubt chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr had a lot to do with that.  As such, by the time I walked into the door some three-months ago, I had very few misgivings as to what was on deck.

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Young Augustine’s Restaurant Review – Grant Park, Atlanta, GA [First Impressions] 5

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 21, 2010

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Grant Park’s Young Augustine’s rose from the ashes of The Standard early this year.  This neighborhood take on the gastro pub is the brainchild of Chris Johnson, owner of The Standard, Andy Gonzales, a well traveled chef, and Kyle Faucher, the manager who I know little about.  While the fate of the Standard seemed set by a series of tragic circumstances, these three gents set out to infuse the space with a bit of life.

Frequenters of 327 Memorial’s previous tenant will remember the joint for its dive bar atmosphere and low-brow bar food.  That’s all a distant memory.  The one notable holdover is the bocce ball court out back.  On the other hand, the interior has been blown open, leaving a community table in the middle and a long, polished wood bar against the back wall.  Taking it all in one Saturday afternoon, and on the heels of some rather flattering reviews, I had high hopes for YA’s.  Unfortunately, the interior was the first thing, and just about the last thing, that I actually enjoyed during my one meal there.

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Chef Vs City Hits Atlanta: Holeman And Finch Public House A Destination

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 04, 2010

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Later today, Atlanta’s best bar meets restaurant (a.k.a. Holeman + Finch) is set to be a location for an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s Chefs Vs City.

The premise of the show centers around a challenge from the show’s hosts (one part Aarón Sánchez and one part Chris Cosentino).  They find two local foodies chefs and dare the challengers to eat some of the more adventurous dishes from the city they call home.  While I’m not one of the challengers (good thing – cuz I’ll put most any dish in my tummy), it’s no surprise the H+F showed up on the schedule.

The gastro pub is best known for their burger, their hot dog [it is freakin awesome], and their cocktails.  However, true fans know that the establishment serves up what most people would call “exotic” parts of the animal.  Chances that the veal brains and/or the rabbit livers show up? I’d say strong to very strong.  More later as the details leak out.

Notes On Publik And Bocado [Updates] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 21, 2009

Since my initial notations on Publik Social House and Bocado, I’ve made multiple return trips to both.  Unfortunately, things weren’t as good on subsequent visits in either case.  Keep reading for details on these two new Atlanta dining options.

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Publik Social House Restaurant Review: Midtown, Atlanta, GA [First Impressions] 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 07, 2009

publik social house - logoPublik Social House sits right at the corner of Peachtree and North Ave Ponce (thanks Peter!).  As the restaurant is directly next to the Fox Theatre, across from Gary Mennie’s Livingston, and near quite a number of other eateries, it might seem a less than ideal.  Normally, I’m really apprehensive when ownership takes one concept, uproots it, and then comes back with something totally different.  On the surface, it would appear that the owners of Publik, who previously operated Bazzaar out of the same space, did just that.  However, such isn’t exactly the reality.  Open just a handful of weeks, it was high time I had some food there and check out this renovated lounge.

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