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Oct 10, 2007 02:44 PM

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!

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  1. 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.


    1. 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

        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

          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

      2. 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!

        1. 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

            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

              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

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