Ok, ok. Yes, it’s another burger joint in the already saturated Alpharetta/South Forsyth burger scene. And yes, it’s a little far out there for normal Alpharettians to journey. But take it from me, this little locally owned place is worth a chance. Good food, friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere have lead me back there many times.
The Corner Burger Shop occupies the former Construct-a-Burger location at Midway Park.
Owners Larry and Cindy Pendleton have a long history in the restaurant biz. Larry has nearly 40 years working for others including Big Daddy himself at Dreamland BBQ. Larry spent the last 20 years or so as a general manager of the Roswell location and director of operations. His wife Cindy also worked at Dreamland as catering manager. Larry had always wanted to open his own restaurant, and now he has.
Larry developed the menu himself that includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, wings and salads. The burgers are made from a blend of ground steak and brisket which lends to a unique texture and flavor. It’s also the same type of mixture used by an legendary Atlanta burger spot The Vortex. Unfortunately it could have used a little more seasoning for me.
The burgers come in several varieties from the basic single, double, triple and (eek) quadruple patty monster called the Home Run. There are also a few specialty burgers like the popular BBQ burger. My favorite is the Special burger which comes smothered in cheese sauce and homemade burger sauce. It’s very flavorful and worthy of at least four napkins. The burger sauce tastes like bean-less meat chili similar to what you’d find on chili dogs. It’s an old family recipe with a super secret ingredient. Don’t ask me, but man, it’s good.
The hot dogs are Hebrew National. The only items that are not made in house are the fries and chicken tenders, both frozen. I personally enjoyed the fries. Sure, they aren’t fresh cut, but they are seasoned perfectly and are consistently crispy. My son gets the chicken tenders every time and I never hear any complaints from him. They are pretty good; yes I ate some of his. I’m just being a thorough reviewer!
There’s also a hidden gem on the menu – the sausage. It’s covered in the meat and cheese sauce, but unlike a normal chili dog, the snap and the juice of the sausage is heavenly. Another popular item are the onion rings. These sweet Vidalia onions with the right amount of breading and a hint of cayenne were a huge hit with my wife.
The prices have increased recently on most items. The burgers and such aren’t too pricey, but to add a drink and fries to make a combo is a slightly steep $3.50 up-charge.
The decor will strike a familiar tone if you remember Construct-a-Burger. The location is positioned to take full advantage of the hordes of kids playing sports at the park. Future plans for the Corner Burger Shop include a catering service with home made food and possible expansion to new locations. The Corner Burger Shop puts an emphasis on family and community, sponsoring the West Forsyth varsity football team. They currently only have a Facebook page. A website is in development. Look for it to be live in a few weeks.
Is the Corner Burger Shop the best burger out there? No. Is it a solid burger place that’s worth a look? I’ll see you there.