Palookaville in Avondale Estates
This place is getting more press and attention than any restaurant in town these days... at least on the East side of ATL. It appears to have been very busy since it's opening mostly as a destination for folks that don't live in Avondale Estates. I am trying to figure out the attraction based on some feedback I have heard. First off... their corn dog batter is supposedly very sweet. Maybe that's the way they're supposed to be and I just don't have true carney taste bud? However, if I go try one, I'll take my own cornbread batter and ask them to use it vs. the sweet stuff? Palookaville has a full bar and I hear they mix drinks right next to milkshakes for kids which seems a bit odd. Anybody else have any feedback?
I have mixed feelings about this establishment. I love corndogs and was looking forward to theirs but the dog itself was a little cool as if not thoroughly heated while frying. I will try again as it was their first week open and that can be blamed on hard opening jitters, etc.
My son raved about the pork burger and when we went again, I ordered one. Not a fan in the least. Too salty, overwhelming bacon-ish flavor (while I do enjoy bacon, this was overpowering), not juicy enough, and a tough patty. It was as if I was eating a massive double sausage patty parading around as a burger.
Overall, my impression is "meh."
I think the main draw is the nostalgia. Tons of action figures, old signs, carney decorations and the like. That and the owner, Jim Stacey (huge dude, big beard), an all around good guy. The corndogs, shakes and pork buggers are alright. I'd get the corned beef sandwich if you go, I've heard good things.