Burger Review: HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Atlanta, GA!
Great burger, great atmosphere, and great service!
It should be no secret to the good people here on FoodTribe that I am an idiot for a good cheeseburger. I'm pretty sure that if you cut me, I'd bleed a goo that's a mixture of cheeseburger and booze. And when I get the idea of wanting a specific cheeseburger, I will ruminate on that thought until it drives me nuts and I have to do something about it. Well, I saw HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern's burger on a few websites, and the idea of eating a triple patty, cheese drenched burger just stuck!
And guess what! There was a Groupon available for the location closest to my house, so I drug my wife out for a much needed date night this past Saturday. I'm so glad I did because not only did I get a cheeseburger that I had been wanting to try, but I got to spend a great evening with my wife in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. But let's get to that burger.
This place had a great atmosphere!
The menu at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern says all beef burgers come with two 4 oz. smash burger patties. But the more expensive Hobnobber Burger goes a little further; featuring three 4 oz. smash burger patties, bread and butter pickle slices, caramelized onion, and 420 beer cheese (à la. 420 SweetWater Brewery) all on a toasted bum with fries. This is the beast I came to conquer, but other burgers on the menu like the Down South Burger (topped with pimento cheese, smoked bacon, fried green tomatoes, and BBQ mayonnaise) and the Pork Belly BLT (apple cider braised pork belly, arugula, tomato-jalapeño jam, and roasted garlic mayo) made it not an easy choice!
Did the burger live up to the hype? It did! But it wasn't perfect. Let's concentrate on the "pros" first. It had a great beefy flavor and was very juicy. The 420 beer cheese provided the perfect bite to the flavor and the carnalized onions the right amount of sweetness and onion. The burger was THICK, with it's three patties. Thankfully the buns were toasted it they withstood the juiciness of the burger just right.
The Hobnobber was good!
Now for the "con" side of this burger experience - I'm thinking the smash burger patties weren't really smash burger patties. I've made tons of smash burgers at home; so I'm very familiar with them. Some would say I live smash burgers. They are my specialty! The burger patties on the Hobnobber had the appearance of frozen, pre-formed burger patties that may have been pressed onto a cook-top to achieve their "smash status". They were very good with a juicy and beefy flavor, but there was a hint of that same flavor of a frozen patty; a hint of processed beef. And the shape was just, off. But given my doubts, it was still a very good cheeseburger!
A lot of flavor on this plate!
Now I've got to tell you about what my wife ordered; 12 Hour - Porter Braised Shorts Ribs with mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and horseradish cream. This was a healthy sized plate of food and it was very, very, VERY good! The brussels sprouts had a hint of smokiness to them that made the otherwise unenjoyable veggie taste really good. I'd eat them again! The mashed potatoes also had a hint of smoke to them, but only just barely. They were nice and creamy. And that short rib was packing a lot of beefy flavor and it was soooooooo tender! The horseradish cream was perfect on top. My beautiful, tiny wife that usually eats small portions that seem proportionate to her size killed her plate of food. I mean, I help by trying a couple of bites, but she straight murdered it!
This was a healthy helping of 12 Hour - Porter Braised Shorts Ribs!
It was very tender and flavorful!
Bottom line - I will have go back to this place again, and I would have to try another burger. But there are a bunch of other items on the menu I want to also order for myself; like the short ribs my wife had, or the low country shrimp and grits, and the fish and chips. Ughhhhh! So much food and so little time!