Granted, Villa Rica is a good 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta, and granted, Jerry’s Gourmet Burgers only sells a few lowbrow food items: fries, chicken tenders, and a roast beef sandwich among them. But “burger” is in the name for a reason, and it’s a burger you should travel for. Order at the window—once you get past the flowering plants—and you’ll meet Rehan Ihsan, aka “Jerry.” He’ll grill you a thick beef patty and serve it on a Kaiser roll with all a burger really needs: lettuce, tomato, and American cheese. Ihsan also believes in serving the enormous burgers upside down, so that the more robust half of the bun is on the bottom. The stronger the foundation, the easier it is to maneuver the thing into your mouth. 820 Dallas Highway, 470-767-3520
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This article originally appeared in our December 2017 issue.