Yesterday, I talked about one of my favorite Atlanta food destinations, the Varsity. There’s more to food in the South than that, though.
It’s true that barbecue is from the South, but I make barbecue at home. I’m all for going for barbecue when I’m there, but the place I make sure I stop for food when I go south is… Krystal! If you haven’t had Krystal, you’ll probably try to compare it to White Castle. They don’t compare… They’re very different versions of burgers, with Krystal being great and White Castle being not toxic (maybe not toxic).
I don’t remember when I fell in love with Krystal, but it happened sometime over the years. When I lived in Atlanta, I actually didn’t go all the time, but I would splurge maybe once a week while there.
Over the years, Krystal has come up with new burgers that are more like other places, called the BA Burger (they say that stands for Black Angus, but I think it means something else!). Honestly, they look pretty good, but they’re not Krystals to me! The quintessential Krystal experience, to me, has to include a couple double cheese Krystals. That’s the first step to Krystal heaven! These are little, square burgers that come in a small box. The only complaint about this set up is that the cheese sometimes gets stuck in the bottom of the box! But the box makes getting to them in the care really easy.
Since I don’t get to Krystal often, I try to get the right variety when I do get there, so that means the next piece of the Krystal puzzle is a chili cheese pup. it’s just a smaller hot dog wth chili and cheese. It sounds simple, but, put together, the chili cheese pup is definitely more than its parts!
The last item that’s a must have is a Krystl Chik. This is another square sandwich, but instead of a burger, it’s a small chicken breast sandwich, with just a touch of breading, with mayo and a pickle. Southern chicken sandwich in a nice, compact package! I do have one complaint about Krystal Chiks, though… They used to have a spicy version, but they did away with it! It was Krystal Chik squared, and it’s not available anymore!!! I love the regular Krystal Chik, but I LOVE the spicy Krystal Chik!
Krystal has great shakes, sweet tea, and, of course, Coca-Cola, but the drinks are secondary to the food.
We were only in Atlanta for a few short, quick days, and I didn’t really have much time for Krystal, but I did get a Chik biscuit and Kryspers (fried potatoes). But for the real stuff above, I want to thank the very friendly people that work at the Lenior City, TN store for a nice visit.