Athens Tour of Burgers: Allen’s

Allen’s is nothing short of an Athens institution, in my opinion. Its place in the annals of Athenian history has been solidified by both the B-52s (“going down to Allen’s/for a 25 cent beer”) and my Dad (“Kristen, I hope you’re not going to Allen’s for the same reasons I did in college!”). That’s enough for me.

AMBIANCE: 4.1
Once again the atmosphere for the Burger Tour is the same–college/beer paraphernalia decor, a few video games. Allen’s actually has a couple of pool tables in the back and a nice patio that faces Hawthorne Avenue. One reviewer described Allen’s as “cozy for a burger place.” Perhaps its older clientele (we 30somethings were the youngest people there) contributed to the comfy ethos. It’s a place you could bring your grandpa who likes a cold beer with his burger and onion rings. They have other offerings, too, like chicken sandwiches and salads.

PRICING: 4.5
Bottom line: at Allen’s you can get the Allen’s Burger, which is moderately-sized (think McD’s or Wendy’s as opposed to Blind Pig or Burger Factory), for $3.50, and a side of fries or onion rings for an additional cost ($1.50-2.99) that still keeps you in the $5-6 range. Reviewers mentioned their satisfaction with the cost in relation to “the amount of food.”

FOOD: 4.6
In some ways, comparing Allen’s to, say, White Tiger just isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison. Allen’s turns out an excellent burger, and I’d go back in a heartbeat (especially for the brownie a la mode!), but of course no one’s in the back grinding the sustainably-farmed meat from fresh beef. Both are excellent choices, but the yield is different by definition of the restaurants’ presentation and practices. Plenty of room for both.

Reviewers were happy with management’s eagerness to comply with special requests (extra cheese!) and with the quality of the fries and onion rings. “Classic American burger,” commented one reviewer. “Not gourmet…classic.”

DRINKS: 4.3
Coke fountain accessible to customers, Terrapin beer (and others) on tap, full bar. Honestly, my margarita was not the best, but that’s what I get. Should have ordered a Terrapin Golden Ale like last time…lesson learned.

Two pleas to Allen’s–PLEASE get Coke Zero and offer hard cider (Woodchuck’s fine)!

SERVICE: 4.5
One of the things I love to see is that Allen’s is savvy with social media. You can follow them on Twitter, and their feed is active and lively. Whenever I’ve visited, they’ve made me feel right at home (you know, that must contribute to that “cozy” feeling, too). The day of our last visit was a bit of an anomaly–it took longer than usual to get our dessert and checks–but I was glad to see the full dining room. Management and wait staff checked with us several times to make sure we had what we needed, and apologized for delays. No big deal.

This was the last stop on the Burger Tour, though we could have added more destinations, from what I hear! I keep hearing amazing things about The Royal Peasant, and apparently they have a burger–but we’re going to place them on the “Miscellaneous Tour” (gotta think of a better name for that one) that’s going to take place in January, after the Athens Tour of BBQ.

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