Richard Blais (of Top Chef fame) paved the way for Atlanta's burger vanguard when he opened the first location of Flip Burger Boutique back in 2008. This chic eatery is no diner; it's got concrete floors, stark white tables and chairs, leather booths, and pops of red all around. The burgers are also of the fancy variety. There's a shrimp patty with tempura fried lemon and a Cajun-aise sauce. There's Earth & Turf, where three varieties of mushrooms are blended with three cuts of beef and dressed up with Gruyère and caramelized onion. And there's even a raw steak tartare burger with fried egg, cornichons, frisée, pickled shallots, and smoked mayo. Vegetarians can delight in the fact that there's something for them: the Fauxlafel (made of chickpeas) or the Vedge (a patty of beet, black bean, and brown rice). There's also fried chicken and the Red Haute Hot Dog with pimento Jack, beef chili, and diced red onion. For the side, order the vodka-battered onion rings or sweet potato tots. Plain ol' housemade French fries are also on the menu, of course, though they come with fun sauces such as a bleu cheese foam dipper. The shakes are probably my favorite part—with flavors like turtle and candied pecan and Nutella and burnt marshmallow, how could they not be? You can add your choice of hard liquor if you so desire. There's also wine and craft beer.

On top of an outpost in Birmingham, Alabama, there are two other Flip locations in Atlanta, one in Buckhead (3655 Roswell Rd.), and one in Poncey Highlands (664 N. Highland Ave.).