In our modern age, with the proliferation of food trucks, pop-up restaurants, food parties, and supper clubs, the ways in which chefs are getting their food out to the public is more diverse than ever before. No longer limited to opening their own brick-and-mortar shop, chefs are finding ways to get their start without all of the pesky overhead.
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Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Food: burgers and bar snacks
Service: requires patience, as each dish is cooked to order
Best dishes: The Hank and Okonomiyaki fries
Vegetarian selections: rare
Price range: $
Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard and American Express
Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays-Mondays
Children: welcome, but would recommend bringing them early
Parking: challenging, as a parking space in Old Fourth Ward is hard to come by
Wheelchair access: yes
Noise level: moderate to loud
Takeout: yes, 50-cent surcharge per item
Address, phone: 427 Edgewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta, 404-525-3002
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Grindhouse Killer Burgers
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