Atlanta >Restaurants > Ann's Snack Bar
“Considering the taste, ridiculous wait, price, bad parking, and Ann, to me it isn't worth returning to.”
“Don't bother Ann by sticking your head into the bar area to ask about the length of the wait.”
“Appreciate this not for the fantastic burger but for the whole experience.”
“the burgers are great the place is a "hole-in-the-wall" and the lady "Ann" is very rude, she is actually known for her rudeness!”
“recommend Ann's Snack to anyone who can appreciate an authentic experience with interesting conversations from a diversity of people.”
“The World Famous "Ghetto Burger" consists of 2 huge beef patties, (hand patted) cooked with onions, topped with bacon, chili, cheese and all the condiments!”
“(when it first opens or between 2 & 3pm) Yes, she has a lot of rules, and you may spend 45 minutes waiting but the food is delicious.”
Amazing burger, but expect to wait..
The burger is colossally huge. I got a double and it was too big. I only ate half of it, which was quite literally probably a pound of meat-saving the other half for later. It very well may be the best burger in Atlanta, but its also one of the worst waits. Anne has a very small space and grill, and can only help about 8 people per shift. What I mean by shift is, she tries to pack the 8 seats, take those peoples orders, and then serve them. When they are finished she starts another cycle. This leads to long waits-I probably waited an hour and a half for my food, and there was not much of a crowd at all. Even still, Annes is a well-kept secret of Atlanta, and it does have its charm, being a small shack of a place. Im still in pain from eating so much however. On a side note, if you are health conscious, dont even bother going.
I agree with someone else who wrote a review, the key is the loosely packed meat. It creates somewhat of a melt-in-you-mouth texture that is really out of this world.
Colossal burgers draw hard-core fans to this lesser-known stand on Memorial Drive..
Inside, the decor includes an eight-seat counter, flat grill, refrigerator and television. "Don't allow babies to sit or stand on counter" and "Do not curse" are two of eight rules that 60-something Ann, a good-humored woman in a white apron, enforces. In this busy to-go business for three decades, Ann navigates a tiny space, hand-making patties and tending them on the grill.
If you're serious about burgers, head straight for the Ghetto burger, decadently slathered with onion, bacon, chili and cheese. The Hood burger features two lean cheeseburgers topped with bacon and coleslaw; order the combo for lemonade and fries. The chili dog split is two dogs deep-fried and slathered in chili on a white bun. The crinkle fries are nothing special, but the burgers and dogs are worth a trip.
The Best Burger. This is absolutely the best burger I've ever had! Don't go there in a rush, because ther is a wait, but so worth it! On second thought, don't go there; I'll have to wait even longer!
Delicious. While maybe not a heart healthy choice, Ann's has by far the best burger in the ATL that I have tried so far. I enjoy the Vortex as much as the next guy, but I find it very hard to believe that anybody who has tried both would prefer the Vortex. Ann's understands the simple burger principle that a loosely packed burger patty allows for the fat and juices to heat properly and melt, which makes for a far more flavorful burger. Ann's also liberally seasons the patties, which is of course a fantastic addition. Other than Chris Madrid's in San Antonio, Ann's has the best burger I've ever tried.
Good 'cuz it's bad. Some food is good, some food is bad, and some food is good precisely because it's so bad. Ann's ghetto-burger is exactly that. So bad it's good! Kroger quality meat griddled to perfection in it's own fat. And bless Ann for not taking any crap. She's doing things her way, and if you like her way that's great. If you don't, then get out. Not really a place to "hang-out" though. During my last visit the thermostat registered about 150 degrees. But a perfect dive burger joint.
Like Grandmama's Kitchen. Do yourself a favor and try this place. It is just like being in Grandma's kitchen. Handmade patties, fresh sliced onion and tomato, washed and peeled lettuce, toasted buns and the BEST Sweet Tea you have ever tasted. If you don't like southern "grandma made" hamburgers and hot dogs, this place isn't for you, however, if you are all about the Southern COOKOUT weekend at grandma'd don't miss out, this place is THE BEST.
JohnnyC. Ghetto Burger! The best hamburger I've ever had! Period! I've had many and I'm pretty good at making them too. Ann does take some getting used to. Akin to the "The Soup Natzi" from Sienfield. But, like his soup, these burgers are worth her eccentricity. I got there early and was told gruffly to wait outside. She wasn't ready to open. I did as I was told. When she opened, I was extra polite. Before I left I found her to be a very Sweet Lady, giving as good as she gets. With all due respect to Lee Y., the inside of the place is very tiny and if you stand up to eat, your just in everyones way. Don't take my word for it. Try one for yourself. Skip the fries though. Not because they're bad, you just won't have room. Mind your manners or "NO BURGER FOR YOU!"
Awesome. I rated everything a 10 simply because the place is unlike any restaurant in Atlanta. It is a burger "shack" similar to a barbeque shack. Ann is like your grandma. And if you were raised to be respectful of your elders, you won't mind any of the quirks of the place. Just be prepared for one great hamburger. Blows every other joint out of the water. Leave at the door any notions of service, ambience, etc. from prior dining experiences. Just grab a seat and roll with it. My advice, watch what is being cooked before you order, because I saw some burgers come out that would hurt a body. And be nice to Ann. She wil put you in your place faster than you know.
The Ghetto Burger is a MUST. The Ghetto Burger is a must. This is by far the largest, greasiest, and loaded burger I have ever seen for $5! I think Vortex, Fuddruckers are all great but they really don't compare to eating at this shack with (the real) Ann pounding out your patties and frying the bacon right in from of you. Be prepared to not move from your chair after this meal 'cause you'll need a nap.
Home of the Ghetto Burger!. I've been going to Ann's now for the entire 30 + years since she opened. If ever anyone mentions a "Good Hamburger Joint" I let them know about Ann. All of my family and friends frequent the place on a regular basis. It's like being in your Mama's kitchen, you'd better behave youself, or you'll be asked to leave. By all means, read the restaurant rules located overhead to the right of the restaurant! The World Famous "Ghetto Burger" consists of 2 huge beef patties, (hand patted) cooked with onions, topped with bacon, chili, cheese and all the condiments! Betcha ya can't eat 2!!
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