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The new Allen's? (Athens, GA)

carolinadawg Oct 10, 2007 02:44 PM

I heard Allen's has reopened? Has anyone been? Are the burgers good like the old place? What kind of atmosphere does it have? Thanks!

  1. Buddha49 Feb 4, 2010 08:40 AM

    I remember having lunch at the old Normaltown Allen's on my 21st birthday, enjoying, for the first time, an actual real live LEGAL beer, LOL! That was almost four decades ago.

    I drove past the new Allen's while in Athens a few months back. It's off Hawthorne (that is Hawthorne, isn't it?) and looks like any newly-built chain restaurant, you know, like an Applebee's or Chili's? While I haven't been in, it's hard to imagine the ambience being the same.

    I never remembered the burgers at Allens being all that good - as Dax points out. What I do remember were the bowls of self-serve chopped onion you could spoon over your meat patty. Those made the burger.

    Back in the late 70s or early 80s there was a place downtown called The Grill, run by Bob Russo, a guy who had a real knack for pushing out great foodie food at reasonable prices. Now those burgers were incredibly good, and the fries were actually cut potatoes as opposed to krinkle-cut frozen things from a bag, something of a novelty back then. The Grill had excellent sammiches as well. That place is now gone, I think. I think there's now a place called Five Guys, a chain which I understand also schleps hand-crafted burgers and fries, much like The Grill did.

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    1. re: Buddha49
      Dax Feb 4, 2010 01:39 PM

      The grill is still downtown as far as I know although I have heard some rumors about closing/selling? Hillary?


      A patty melt with those fries and feta dressing for dipping is drunken late night paradise.

      1. re: Dax
        hillarybrown Feb 5, 2010 06:38 AM

        There are always rumors about The Grill. As far as I know, it's staying open. I find the burgers occasionally disappointing, but I like the atmosphere. Best burgers in Athens are at The National (when they have it) and White Tiger Gourmet (the happytop).

        1. re: Dax
          Buddha49 Feb 5, 2010 08:50 AM

          Thanks for the correction, Dax - I'm glad to hear they're still open.

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        tipper_two Feb 3, 2010 10:49 PM

        Had "new" Allen's a few weeks ago. Not as good as the old one. Burger patties were from a frozen stack! Potato salad to watery! The taste of the burgers was good but not what I was hoping for!

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          hillarybrown Oct 12, 2007 05:10 AM

          The burgers are probably better (although more expensive). The atmosphere is trying, but it's really darn clean.

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          1. re: hillarybrown
            Dax Oct 12, 2007 12:06 PM

            I like the burgers better - they're not the hockey puck old school frozen, pre-formed or at least the one I tried wasn't. I had the regular, the large is apparently gargantuan. The fries are better too. The German Potato salad wasn't as good as it used to be.


            1. re: Dax
              jeffbatl Oct 14, 2007 01:37 PM

              i haven't had Allens in years. it was such a treat back in the day to eat the burgers, drink pitchers of beer and play pool all afternoon. they had the coldest beer in town

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            Lan4Dawg Oct 11, 2007 06:15 PM

            I have not been and am sorry but it can not be the same. There is certainly not enough grease built up on the griddle yet.


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