Now open on Veteran's Blvd., Atomic Burger joins the Crescent City's growing stable of restaurants offering fast food with a focus on employing fresh, local ingredients instead of the mass-market (and often disconcerting) kitchen chemistry that has made discerning diners wary of the drive-thru in recent years.
Atomic follows a national trend of restaurants — including California's In-and-Out Burger, New York's Shake Shack, and of course NOLA's own Company Burger — serving up hamburgers, fries and other fast food favorites while still paying attention to quality sourcing and preparation.
“Our philosophy is to create good, honest food that customers can trust. All meat is ground in-house daily, fries are hand-cut from real potatoes, along with locally baked bread, fresh vegetables and a homemade ice cream base for the Atomic Freeze milkshakes,” says Joe Spitale, co-owner of Atomic Burger.
The menu is simple, serving up classic burgers, fries and shakes, for the most part, although a side of edamame beans is both a welcome and puzzling addition, seeing as the rest of the fare is straight-up all-American. Atomic also offers hot dogs, as well as a turkey burger and a portobello sandwich. Most interestingly, perhaps, is the restaurant's milkshakes, which are flash frozen using -321 degree liquid nitrogen.
“The result,” says Spitale, “is a smoother, more luscious milkshake.” The shakes will be served in twelve different flavors including Apple Pie, Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip, Salted Carmel, Wedding Cake, and Blueberry Cheesecake, among others.
Atomic Burgers is located at 3934 Veterans Boulevard, and can be reached at (504) 309-7474.