Burgers With Buck: When it comes to Atlanta’s oldest strip club, The Clermont Lounge, it seems everyone has either a story or an opinion. What cannot be denied is that it has become a well-known landmark and a favorite spot for celebrity sightings.
I know what you’re thinking, this is Burgers With Buck, not Blondie With Buck, right? While you are correct, it’s hard to feature the Hotel Clermont without at least mentioning their infamous downstairs neighbor.
While Clermont Lounge thrived for years, the Hotel Clermont fell into a seedy state of disrepair. In fact, like much of Atlanta’s history, it was almost razed, but thanks to some forward thinking visionaries, Hotel Clermont was not restored to its former glory, but rather restored to better than it ever was before.
They captured the perfect blend of recognizing its past, but with all the modern accoutrements to take it into the future and beyond.
A good example is Tiny Lou’s Restaurant which is named after the popular 1950’s dancer in the Clermont Motor Hotel’s “Gypsy Room,”. It sounds like she was Blondie, before Blondie. I digress.
Tiny Lou’s is described as a French-American brasserie, and apparently that means a place that serves a really good burger. Chef Jeb Aldrich runs the show and his Clermont Burger is one of the underrated stars. It starts with two thin, house ground, smash burger style patties that are a blend of brisket, short rib, and chuck. It is topped with balsamic cured onions, bacon jam, pickled green tomatoes, gruyere cheese, and bibb lettuce. One more thing, it is served with a heaping helping of delicious fries.
For more information on Tiny Lou’s at Hotel Clermont, including the menu, and the hours of operation… go to their website, https://www.tinylous.com/ , and also check out https://www.hotelclermont.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 hash tag #BurgersWithBuck and/or #BWB.
Grammy-nominees “brew up” new business opportunities: They burst onto the popular music scene in 2002 with the multi-platinum album Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. Now, the members of award-winning group Nappy Roots are adding some more “hops” to their Hip hop, taking their love of craft beer to a delicious new level.
Nappy Roots formed back in the 1990s, and experienced their first major success early the following decade, with hit singles including “Awnaw,” “Po’ Folks,” and “Roun’ The Globe.” But as the group made music history with its eclectic and original musical output, members were flexing their creative muscles in a different way behind the scenes, trying their hands at home brewing and naming the venture Atlantucky. In 2017, Nappy Roots produced two limited-edition craft beer for Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing, and the group recently expanded its line with two new brews: Watermelon, Chiquen & Gritz (available at Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky) and The Humdinger (available at Monday Night Brewing). Future plans for the group include the development of a reality television show based around the band and its involvement with the craft beer scene.
Speaking of future plans, Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken spent the morning with Nappy Roots, learning more about the band’s broadening profile and, of course, doing a little taste-testing!