We have written before about how much we like Epik Burger. It is probably one of best burger places in town that not enough people know about. Located in a shopping plaza where Girvin Road meets Atlantic Boulevard, Epik Burger serves up a plethora of delicious burgers with fun and interesting toppings. With over 30 different types of burgers on the menu, we have found time and time again that there really is something for everyone. Their burgers are flavorful, juicy, and not at all greasy. I can easily finish a whole burger and not feel heavy and over-stuffed afterwards. Epik Burger manages to make gourmet burgers and sides that are not only unique and tasty, but also a little healthier than a lot of other burger places.
So how thrilled were we when we recently found out that they were adding hotdogs to their menu as well?! After getting requests from customers, Epik Burger decided to give them a try and added a few hotdog choices to the menu. We stopped in last week to try out a couple of their new hotdogs and were happy to find that they were just as epic as their burgers. I ordered the A1A Dog ($9.49), an interesting concoction where the hotdog is topped with grilled pineapple, a spicy wasabi cocktail sauce, and plump juicy shrimp. Yes, shrimp on a hotdog. I was skeptical at first, but after one bite I was convinced. The flavor and texture combination was amazing. My son, who is a hotdog purist, had a Basic Dog ($6.49) plain with no toppings. He polished off the entire ¼-pound hotdog in no time. Having the hotdog naked and untopped really highlighted the delicious flavor of the meat itself.
The hotdogs themselves are incredible. They are served up grilled and split on a brioche burger bun. The hotdogs have a natural casing which has a great texture and a satisfying snap when you bite into it. And the flavor is rich, savory, and deliciously smoky. They are hand made and hand stuffed at a little place called Patak Bohemian Meats in Austell, Georgia. A quick internet search revealed that Patak Meats are some of the most sought-after meats and sausages around. People have been known to travel great distances and wait in line for hours just to get some of their delicious sausages, bacon, and fresh meats. So it’s no surprise why Epik Burger chose Patak hotdogs. And please don’t let the price keep you from stopping in and ordering one of these hotdogs. The price might be a little more than you would typically pay for hotdog, but rest assured, this is NOT your typical hotdog. This was easily one of the best hotdogs I’ve ever eaten. So do yourself a favor and try one out. Right now, Epik Burger has three hotdog options on the menu, with more recipes waiting in the wings to be introduced later.
In addition to their new gourmet hotdogs, Epik Burger also has plans to bring back their Summertime Burger for a limited time as summer comes to an end. It is one of their yummy burgers topped with white cheddar, strawberry demi-glace, and spring greens. It was a popular menu addition last summer, so be sure to stop in and try it out when it is reintroduced. You can also expect to see a Thai Tea Milkshake making it’s debut sometime soon. If you have not tried an Epik Burger milkshake before, you are seriously missing out. We have tried quite a few and they are all creamy, rich, and indulgent. Our favorites are Cinnamon Dolce, Mocha, and Avocado, just to name a few. And we will probably be adding the Thai Tea Milkshake to that list as well. If it is as good as all the others we’ve tried, it will not disappoint.
Since becoming one of our go-to places for burgers, Epik Burger has shown that they are committed to making fun and delicious gourmet burgers without sacrificing the quality and freshness of ingredients. The same definitely holds true for their new hotdogs. We are so excited to now have a go-to place for epic hotdogs, too.
For this review we welcome a member of our own JRR family: Rhonda Kovar is a former call center manager turned stay-at-home mom. She grew up in the heart of North Carolina and moved to Florida after getting hitched in 2002. She is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and a lover of all things crafty, musical, or edible. Rhonda loves finding new and delicious ways to turn her two tiny picky eaters into future foodies. You can follow her on Instagram.