Athens Tour of Burgers: Broad St. Bar & Grill

I’d never been to Broad Street Bar & Grill, a classic Athens bar, before; usually people are smoking outside of it (a sure deterrent for me), and I never thought to drop in. When we began this Tour, a friend suggested it as a must-stop, and every time I mentioned it to someone, they were almost guaranteed to reply, “Oh, yeah! Their burgers are good!”

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I found out something that may interest the community at large: the owner told me that Broad Street Bar & Grill will be closing soon for renovations, and EVERY piece of memorabilia (that’s a LOT of stuff) is for sale. “Just make an offer,” he said. And he meant it. I got my dad’s Christmas presents in one fell swoop! YESSSS! I’m not kidding.

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Anyway, on to the review. As usual, ratings are 1=nasty and 5=awesome.

AMBIANCE: 3.75
BSB&G is a college bar…period. LOTS of UGA memorabilia, older-looking chairs and tables that have seen their day, a video game, a cigarette machine. The latter was actually what sparked the conversation with the owner. “Um, why did you just take a picture of my cigarette machine?” he asked. I replied that it’s old, and I hadn’t seen one in a while. “There are four just like it on this street alone.” Guess I don’t go to bars much. Reviewers commented, “I definitely know I’m at UGA,” and “great if you love the Dawgs.” We also noted the clientele were all male. Um, except for three reviewers.

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PRICING: 4.6
Especially after dining at some of the more gourmet outlets in town, we were pleasantly surprised that a 1/2 lb burger and side are $7.99.

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FOOD: 4.25
The burgers were juicy, well-cooked and huge; not as amazing as White Tiger, obviously, nor as perfect as the Burger Factory, but darn good. There is a vegetarian option (a Boca Burger), but I doubt they sell a lot of those. The primary offerings have names like “Big Mama” (ahem, my choice) and “Big Dawg.” Manly! Options for sides: fries, coleslaw, vegetable medley (sauteed), and for an additional .50, lovely beer-battered onion rings.

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DRINKS: 4.6
Coke products, full bar to include cider. There’s a “101 Shots” menu and a huge plaque on the wall with the names of people who have downed all 101.

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SERVICE: 4.0
Our waitress checked on us several times and was super quick to check on specialty items (spicy mustard) or to fulfill requests (ranch on the side). One funny note: one of our diners got two top buns and the other two bottoms! Hee hee! They exchanged. No big deal.

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This was supposed to be the Burger Tour’s last stop, but I have been goaded into going to Blind Pig Tavern next week. After that, we’re starting a mini-BBQ tour that will take us through the end of the year!

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