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Right, I’m not going to mess about. I’m going to say this loud and clear for all to hear. I think we might have found the best burgers in Bristol, and they’re at Atomic Burger.
The burgers at Atomic Burger, which has recently set up on Gloucester Road, are incredible. Think impossibly meaty, perfectly juicy, undoubtedly home-made sort of incredible. In fact, they’re so good that I’ve been twice in the two weeks they’ve been open (three times if you count the takeaway – please don’t judge me), and I’d always thought I wasn’t much of a ‘burger person’. Let’s just say I definitely am now.
Atomic Burger has already got one burger joint in Oxford, and I’d been hearing rumblings in the Twittersphere about the new Bristol restaurant for ages before they actually opened a couple of weeks ago. Having had a look at the menu (which would give the best that Man Vs Food has to offer a run for it’s money) it was decided that we absolutely had to get down there – and quick!
Our first visit was mainly spent gawking at the vast collection of 80’s & 90’s kid’s memorabilia that adorns every square inch of Atomic Burger’s interior – it’s like a 10 year old’s bedroom from 1992, but you really have to see it to believe it.
As for the food, I could describe each mouthful in great detail, but instead, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
From the food, right through to the excellent customer service, dinner at Atomic Burger is just really, really great fun. Having been once as a couple, and once as part of a group of eight, we found that on both occasions we left with smiles on our faces. The staff are chatty, enthusiastic, and funny, and they’re clearly passionate about the food they’re serving – we asked how they made their veggie burgers (which both the veggies in our party described as amazing) and were given an in-depth explanation of how they spent four months testing the recipe to try and get it as close in texture and taste to an authentic beef burger as possible.
The icing on the cake is Atomic Burger’s loyalty scheme. Forget your bog standard loyalty cards – at Atomic Burger you get your very own version of their sticker book style menu to do exactly that – stick stickers in!! Every time you dine with them you collect the stickers, and once you’ve completed a whole section you can claim your free choice from that section of the menu. It’s not only a novel, fun idea, but is a genius bit of marketing – my boyfriend’s now methodically working his way through the menu to try and complete it all!
Atomic Burger is unpretentious, laid back and in my opinion, just what Bristol’s casual dining scene needs. Whether you’re a burger person or not I’d really recommend you get down there – you won’t be disappointed!
Follow Atomic Burger on Twitter – @atomicburgers.