Mr. White Creative is happily nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Alpharetta - a mecca of pretty great lunch spots (and happy hour hangs but that’s another post for another day). Good for these local businesses and not so good for our waistlines.
If you’re visiting our office at Thrive, chances are we’ll be heading to one of these delicious spots for a bite so we’d be remiss if we didn’t list our top 5 favorite restaurants in this mecca of which to grab a burger.
#5 Citizen Soul
You didn’t think we’d give away our favorite burger right off the bat did you? That’s just bad marketing.
Citizen Soul’s menu resembles that of American Pub fare mashed with Northern California/Northwestern cuisine. Coming in at #5 on our list is the “Soul Burger''. This burger is crafted from angus beef, port salut, LTO (lettuce, tomato, onion) salad, braised bacon, and oregano aioli, and served with a side of herbed duck fries. Northwesterners know their fries.
To be honest, we haven’t actually tasted this burger. We did witness another restaurant patron who said he’d sell his soul (see what I did there) for this burger. He said it was pretty fantastic and if this burger tastes as good as it looked, then it shall righteously hold a spot in our top 5.
Charinga, with their prime real estate right off the green space in Downtown Alpharetta, is loaded with surfside inspired and elevated beach food. Sure, the fish sandwich and tacos are awesome. But, so is their beach styled burger. And that’s why this burger named “Cheeseburger” on the menu has earned a spot on our list of favs at #4.
This burger has half a pound of ground angus beef, pepperjack AND cheddar cheeses, arugula, tomato, red onion, and awesome sauce all between a brioche bun. It’s under $15 and includes a side! If you’re asking, go with the plantains.
Really, the only thing missing here is the actual beach breeze.
#3 Butcher & Brew
Butcher & Brew, an American gastro sports bar is home to TWO of our favorite burgers. Ally and Mike have strong convictions about their burgers so both of Butcher & Brew’s burgers sit in our #3 spot.
First, Mike’s favorite - the “Butcher & Brew burger”. This sandwich will stick to your thighs. It’s made of two patties, american cheese, sharp cheddar cheese sauce (CHEDDAR CHEESE SAUCE!), pickles, grilled onions, remoulade, yellow mustard, and shredded lettuce. It’s a messy, magnificent burger.
Next is Ally’s favorite - the “Whiskey BBQ burger”. It’s also made with two patties but differs in sauce and toppings. On this burger you’ll find swiss cheese, pickle, shredded lettuce, fried red onion and whiskey bbq sauce. This is no dainty burger.
Which one is your favorite?
#2 Shake Shack
A new and very welcomed addition to Alpharetta (though not quite inside the historic district) is Shake Shack. Us Alpharetta folk were introduced to Shake Shack by their food truck that was often parked at Truck & Tap. Now they have their own brick and mortar spot at the corner of Haynes Bridge and Old Milton.
The “Shackburger” has earned its spot in our list of favorites because it’s just a freakin’ classic cheeseburger that leaves you totally satisfied with your decision. The bun is so soft and toasted just right. Wedged in between a not completely sliced bun is a patty grilled nice and flat, topped with american cheese, lettuce, tomato and shacksauce (which is some kind of delicious magic mayo sauce).
You can’t be unsatisfied with this burger. It always delivers.
#1 Jekyll Brewing
Jekyll Brewing is one of two brewers located within Historic Downtown Alpharetta. You can sit right within the brewery itself if you choose. It’s a neat, warehouse style atmosphere. The food and service is always top notch.
Jekyll Brewing’s “Smashburger” tops our top 5 list at #1. The flavor of this burger is unmatchable. Try me. It’s crafted with a double patty, white american cheese, house pickles, shredded lettuce, comeback sauce, and caramelized onion on a warm brioche bun. I dare you to try and put this burger down in between bites.
Hop Dang Diggity, now that’s a good burger!