Molecular Gastronomy Meets American Staples
Richard Blais is one of the greatest success stories to come out of Top Chef, the United States’ culinary challenge show akin to Masterchef. Before his time on the show, he made a name for himself at the helm of top Atlanta
restaurants, but Flip Burger Boutique was his first project after newfound fame. What started as one location on Atlanta’s Westside has now grown into a local chain with other locations in Buckhead as well as Birmingham, Alabama. Blais was known for his use of molecular gastronomy on the show, which takes unusual methods you might find in a science lab and applies them to food. As such, you’ll find liquid nitrogen milkshakes to be a popular beverage at Flip, particularly in the Krispy Kreme doughnut and Captain Crunch flavors. As for the burgers, the star attraction at Flip, you won’t find your basic fast food burger here. Every burger has Blais’ stylistic touch with names like the chorizo burger with Spanish patatas bravas, manchego cheese, a spicy sauce and topped with a fried egg. The rBQ is Blais' take on a barbecue sandwich and the Louisiana Shrimp is Cajun style. But don't worry, you can also go for the classic. The portions aren’t massive, but if they were any bigger, I’m not sure I would be able to go there so often. I recommend going with a group, all ordering different things and sharing a few sides, especially the hand cut fries.