Last night I enjoyed my first dinner at Westside’s newest burger joint, Yeah! Burger. As I mentioned previously, this causal spot offers gluten-free buns, made in a gluten-free facility so there is no worry about contamination. All of the burgers are cooked in a separate area of the grill from the glutenous buns and they use separate utensils. The cooks have also received instruction from gluten-free expert, Jennifer Harris, on contamination and how to be ‘safe’ in the kitchen.
I have been eager to try out this new restaurant since I learned about Shaun Doty’s new restaurant months ago. My inaugural visit to Yeah! Burger last night did not disappoint! The atmosphere at Yeah is very casual and not as fancy as some of the other trendy burger boutiques in the area. You order at the counter and they bring your meal to your table. Beverage options include “help yourself” fountain soda and an assortment of beer, wine and cocktails. Envision nicer, fresher, fast food with a much cooler vibe.
You can choose from, beef burger, bison, turkey and grilled chicken. (There’s a veggie burger too but I’m not sure if it’s gluten-free.) Upon the recommendation of my friend, Meredith, I ordered the bison burger. Sometimes bison can be really dry, since it’s a lower fat meat, but this burger was very juicy and perfectly cooked. I added American cheese, tomatoes, grilled onions and lettuce to my bison patty. (They were out of cheddar at 6:30 on Sunday so I’m guessing they had more business than anticipated this weekend…the American cheese option was pretty darn good too.) It was a delicious combination, especially the grilled onions. Besides the cheese, those particular options were free. You can also add ‘special’ toppings for an added cost, such as chili and avocado.
While there’s an extra charge for the GF bun, this bun is totally worth the cost. The bun is not too thick and you don’t need copious amounts of water to wash it down. The folks at Yeah toast the buns in a toaster dedicated to cooking just the gluten-free buns. If you don’t feel like paying extra for a GF bun, you can get a lettuce wrap instead.
Of course there’s nothing better when enjoying a gluten-free burger in one hand to munch on French fries in the other. The GF fries at Yeah! Burger are hand-cut and made in a special, gluten-free fryer. The fries taste very similar to Boardwalk fries if you’ve ever tried those. Fresh, delicious and nicely salted. So good.
There was some confusion among the management regarding the sauces that Yeah offers. You get one sauce free with your order of a burger and they all sounded interesting. Initially the woman taking my order told me that none of the sauces were gluten-free. (Side note: I would always rather someone tell me that nothing’s gluten-free at a restaurant than say, “Oh, I’m sure it’s fine.”) I did inquire further with the manager and he thought none of the sauces were gluten-free either, but when I asked about the honey mustard, he pulled out the list of ingredients and all of the ingredients were GF, so I ordered some. (I enjoyed the honey mustard, but there was definitely a spicy kick to it.) It would be great to have a little clarification on which sauces are gluten-free or if they do recommend staying away from them entirely.
It’s clear that Yeah, Burger is still working out some kinks, but I thoroughly enjoyed my delicious meal. While I likeWestside’s other fancy burger spot, Flip Burger, a lot, these two places are pretty different. Yeah, Burger is a little bit cheaper, more casual and family friendly. Yeah, Burger focuses on the ‘build your burger’ idea whereas Flip emphasizes the unique versions of burgers created by the chefs (i.e. lamb, venison, etc.) Flip is one of my favorite neighborhood spots but the music is so loud there (Yes, I know I sound like an old woman.) I don’t have to have a GF bun when I eat a burger, but the GF fries put Yeah, Burger ahead in the burger boutique competition for me.
I have a feeling that I’ll be enjoying quite a few more summer meals at Yeah. Let me know what you’ve tried and enjoyed at Yeah, Burger.
Yeah, Burger – 1168 Howell Mill Rd. – Atlanta, GA 30318