3 Atlanta off-the-menu items you must try

These upon-request items from Seven Lamps, the Optimist, and Houston’s will tantalize your taste buds

0215_hiddenatl_sevenlamps_cck_oneusenonlyThe 50/50 Burger
Seven Lamps
A 50/50 blend of brisket and top round steak, the grilled, eight-ounce burger is all the more smoky thanks to two strips of crispy pancetta. It oozes with American cheese and housemade Thousand Island. 3400 Around Lenox Road

0215_hiddenatl_lobstercobb_cck_oneuseonlyLobster Cobb
The Optimist
The shrimp Cobb is a solid order, but sub a heaping mound of sweet lobster meat instead. Savor it with blue cheese, bacon bits, and creamy Dijon dressing. 914 Howell Mill Road

0215_hiddenatl_houstonchicken_cck_oneuseonlyChicken Tenders
Veteran customers know the secret chicken tenders. A fluffy, tempura-like batter barely keeps its hold on a childhood favorite that rivals no other in town. Multiple locations

Photographs by Caroline C. Kilgore

This article originally appeared in our February 2015 issue.