There are a few things I really enjoy about baseball games. Ironically, watching baseball is not exactly one of them. Tailgating, beer, and soft pretzels, on the other hand, definitely make the list. When I heard that Holeman and Finch was opening not one but three H&F Burger stands at Turner Field this spring, attending a Braves game suddenly became much more appealing.
For those of you who are confused as to why I would sit through an entire nine innings just to eat a burger, you’re probably living under a rock not from Atlanta. In short, Holeman & Finch serves 24 (and only 24) of these famous burgers every night at 10:00 PM sharp. From what I’ve heard, they’re worth the 2 hour wait it takes to get there early in order to reserve one. Intrigued yet…? Read more here.
Although I’ve enjoyed more than a few hand-crafted cocktails at Holeman & Finch, I’ve never been one of the lucky 24 to score a burger. Naturally, that had to change as soon as opening weekend at Turner Field rolled around.
Fast-forward several hours of tailgating and three innings later, I was ready for a burger. I was expecting a long line, so I was neither annoyed nor surprised to find that 30 or 40 other Braves “fans” had the same idea that I did. I waited in line for maybe 25-30 minutes of mouthwatering torture. Keeping things in perspective, a 30 minute line is much shorter than the 2+ hour wait time at the restaurant itself on any given night.
Here’s the skinny (no pun intended): the burger was well worth the wait. I would absolutely stand in line (and endure more baseball) in order to eat it again. I’m no burger connoisseur, but this was among the best I’ve ever tasted.
To start from the top, the bun was phenomenal. It was one of those toasted-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside buns you can only get when they’re freshly baked. In between the buns, they stacked two cheeseburger patties, onions, and house-made pickles. A little ketchup & mustard as well.
When it comes to burgers, there’s a fine line between juicy and greasy. H&F served the juiciest, non-greasy burger I have ever eaten. Throw in a side of salty, crispy, French fries, and you have yourself a delicious $12 meal.
Even better news: you don’t actually have to wait at the restaurant for 2 hours or endure a never-ending baseball game in order to enjoy the burger. Holeman & Finch sells an unlimited number of burgers every Sunday during brunch. Perfect hangover cure? I think so.