Grindhouse Killer Burgers with Fredrick

grindhouse burger

So I recently went to GrindHouse, and I have to say, they have great burgers. The picture featured above is the double “Hillbilly Style” a delicious burger stacked with pimento cheese, jalapenos, red onion, and perfectly seasoned brisket chili. I was quite impressed with the taste! One thing I have to mention is in Atlanta, we have many burger spots. What makes Grindhouse a top burger joint in the city is simple, the taste. Grindhouse does not in any way make a fancy burger. They make a juicy, great tasting, ripted (Ripted: a word my mother invented to describe a big, juicy, usually medium rare burger, that is a tad bit greasy and mouthwateringly delicious!) burger. Grindhouse should be on your top picks if you are in the mood to have a few local brews, eat a damn good burger and watch an extremely entertaining “B” rated movie. They have multiple locations around Atlanta, with the Decatur location sporting an attractive rooftop patio/bar!

So now let me explain how I met Fredrick. I was aimlessly walking around downtown Decatur on a Tuesday afternoon, and my stomach began to grumble. While walking through Decatur Square I spotted Fredrick sitting on a bench, minding his own business. I asked him how he was doing and explained how I was about to grab a great burger, and if he would like to share one with me. He accepted the offer and was excited to eat some local food for once. When I returned to Fredrick, we sat down and had quite the conversation over lunch. We talked about racial issues, politics, drugs, oh and of course FOOD! I was stunned to hear of Fredricks upbringing and struggle to break the chain of drug use in his family. Fredrick has never had much going for him in life; experiencing some very low moments. He is now changing for the better and is very confident in himself. He is currently looking for work, which in his defense is not an easy task for someone in his position, he also has found a place to stay for a while. I left the conversation with so much insight on the life of a struggling man, and hope for those who struggle with homelessness and drug addiction in Atlanta. It was a mindful experience to share a meal with Fredrick; I wish him the best in his future endeavors, and I hope one day I am able to help people like him on a bigger scale.

Check out Grindhouse here: http://www.grindhouseburgers.com/about/

and if you enjoy their burgers, make sure to give them a review on YELP, and also comment on our blog post to let us know what you think!

 

 

Happy Grubbing!

 

Help end homelessness here: http://www.hopeatlanta.org/portfolio/homeless-prevention-program/

http://actionministries.net/locations/housing/ 

http://www.hearus.us/

 

 

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CAFE+ VELO

 

Our vision is finally coming to life. Emily and I have been dreaming about starting a blog, focused on sharing a meal with those who are less fortunate for a very, very long time. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, that we stopped procrastinating and started our new journey in the world of blogging. Writing, eating and helping people out, is a passion that we both share. Thank you to all of our readers, we truly hope you enjoy our first blog post!

Oh downtown Atlanta! You have so much to offer. If you are hungry while strolling around downtown, or studying at Georgia State; there is no reason why your hunger should last! The variety of food is expanding each day, truly adding to the diversity of the Atlanta food scene. On this particular day, Emily and I were hungry for a sandwich. Sounds simple, but we were not in the mood for any ordinary sandwich, we wanted something delicious! Which is exactly why we ended up at Cafe+Velo. We heard great things about the unique cafe/bike shop, so why not give it a try? We also happened to have our camera on us, so we made the decision ( THE BEST DECISION) to create our first blog post. We didn’t want just a plain old blog post though, we wanted to do what we do on a daily basis anyway, share this meal we are about to indulge in, with a special person. The special person of the day ended up being the humble, generous and very optimistic Carl!

As we approached the quaint little shop, we ran into Carl. Carl greeted us first as we walked by, and simply let out “bless you, have a good day.”                                                          We did not give him anything, or offer him a meal at this time. He was just blessing each person who passed him by. I asked Carl if he would like to share a meal with us, this man looked me in the eyes and said he would love to, but he is saving his money for a $50 breeze card. I told him it would be on us, Carl denied at first, but Emily and I insisted!

We all ordered the Cinelli croissant, with a refreshing iced coffee on the side. All I can say is wow! The sandwich was absolutely delicious! As you bite into the croissant, the light taste of crisp, fresh apples, followed by the creamy brie cheese that excites the palate and finished with a sweet hint of honey, Mmmmmmmmm! Carl informed us both that this meal was the best he has had in months! He usually either eats fast food, or goes without eating all day. We each finished every bite of our sandwich, all while sharing stories of our lives.

As we were ready to head separate ways, we promised to keep in touch with Carl. He was truly a great man and we enjoyed every minute spent with him.

If you ever have some extra time on your hands, and you plan to frequent a local restaurant, try and make some time to share it with somebody in need. We are not saying there is anything wrong with giving people cash or just buying them food. It is just when you actually sit and speak to them; you gain more insight into the life of the homeless. You make a friend. You give someone a conversation who may never talk to people.

 

Make sure to check out Cafe+Velo and try one of their unique sandwiches. For the best experience, take your bike to the shop and park it out front. If you do not have a bike, simply rent one from the shop inside, or rent a bike anywhere in town with RELAY! 

These sanwiches are definitly worth a try while downtown or biking down the beltline. Put Cafe+Velo on the top of your list for a quick breakfast! You will not be disappointed!

http://www.cafeandvelo.com/ 

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The Cinelli croissant Made with fresh apples, gooey brie cheese, spinach and local honey for a sweet touch