ATLANTA - Sometimes one 's' just isn't enough.
The first thing you that pops into your mind when you see the overhead sign at Ssam Burger on Defoors Ferry Road in NW Atlanta...darn autocorrect (Darn you ask? It's a family show, right?)
The apparent misspelling is not only intentional, but it's not a misspelling at all. Ssam is a Korean word which means wrapped, and to be honest with you, the staff at #BurgersWithBuck was more concerned with the spelling of the second word on the sign anyway...Burger.
Ssam Burger has been described as an Asian-fusion joint that blends together Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and American cuisine. While all of that is nice, they had me at Burger.
There are eight burgers on the menu with clever and creative names like the Kimcheese Burger and the Crazy Ninja Burger. All of the burgers come with a side. The Korean sweet potato chips are a nice option, but in my humble opinion, the Lotus chips are the way to go.
Owner Stacey Ke is from China, and she presented us with a pair of her favorite menu options, the Seoul Burger, and the Aloha Burger. The Seoul Burger is a Korean BBQ, Angus beef patty with sesame arugula, sliced onion and Ssam sauce. The Aloha Burger is the same Korean BBQ, Angus beef patty, bacon, carmelized pineapples, romaine lettuce, and Sriracha mayo.
So #BurgersWithBuck decided (along with a strong suggestion by Mrs. Ke) to give the Aloha Burger a try. The combination of the sweet from the carmelized pineapple and the hot from the Sriracha mayo, made for a memorable experience, and the aforementioned Lotus chips just added to the overall experience.
So the next time you're in the area, know that the spelling on the sign is not a mistake, and neither is popping for a burger.
For more information about Ssam Burger, go to their website http://www.ssamburgeratlanta.com/.
And, as always, if you have a favorite burger that you would like to see featured on, tell me about it on https://www.facebook.com/BuckFOX5 or https://twitter.com/BuckFOX5, and don't forget to use the hashtag #BurgersWithBuck and/or #BWB.