GABBA's done to the tavern what they've done to the burger: updated an American tradition a playful, contemporary twist. We dig it.We know: our great city has been a touch overrun with restaurants giving a gourmet twist to the humble burger. Ketchup's been replaced by truffle salt; good ol'-fashioned lettuce has been neglected for fancypants frisee and arugula; plain old American cheese for cave-aged cheddar. And honestly, we dig it. But the trouble with so-called gourmet burger joints? Well, namely the price, in addition to the fact that it's rare you can chow down on that Waygu beef patty while, say, watching the Braves play while sipping a draft brew and hanging out at the bar. GABBA, though, has found the sweet spot between laid-back tavern and creative burger boutique. You won't find neon Miller signs or team banners, but neither will you be enjoying these worldly burgers in a place where that truffled bun is served with a side of snootiness on the rocks.
GABBA (short for Great American Burger Boutique and Ale) is all about "enhancing an American tradition" — or, taking a tried-and-true classic and giving it a creative, contemporary spin. Thanks to global influences, GABBA's burger-on-bun creations include a Mediterranean riff (the Socrates) with melted feta, olive and sundried tomato tapenade, and tzatiki. If you're aiming for something a little more down-home, allow me to steer you toward the Southerner, a mouthwatering combo of pimento cheese and bacon marmalade. Just not feeling burgers but still want to check the joint out? Know that GABBA also rocks a full selection of non-burger options, including a fried green tomato stack (with goat cheese and pesto) that just might have me cheating on Grandma's version. And to wash all this down with: a substantial collection of thirty draft brews, over half of which are craft. Hey, if you're going to go to town on an American classic, a good cold beer is required drinking. All in all, it's safe to say that GABBA's done to the tavern what they've done to the burger: updated an American tradition a playful, contemporary twist. We dig it. (And besides, we simply can't resist a joint that combines bacon and pimento cheese all at once, alongside fried green tomatoes. Just don't tell our grandmas.)
Fried Green Tomatoes, $7.50
Classic Burger, $6
Grilled BBQ Salmon, $15
Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Bar open til 12 a.m.)
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Bar open til 2 a.m.)