The new Allen's? (Athens, GA)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.