Atomic Burger, Bristol

Since working in Bristol, the name Atomic Burger has been bounded around by many colleagues. The toilets proved to be a highlight of many conversations (because of the nostalgic wallpaper).

It’s been nearly three years since I first heard the name uttered so it was about time I went to see what all the fuss was about.

Found at the top of Gloucester Road, Bristolians rarely have a bad thing to say about Atomic Burger. I mean, why would you? A vast array of burgers, large in portion and in flavour, surrounded by walls filled with comic book posters, dolls and memorabilia from your childhood – spanning many generations.

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It’s recently had a face lift so I can’t really do any comparisons to how it looked before but there are some really fun features; like the bar that is made out of old video cassettes.

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The menu is a double-page spread of burger heaven.

You choose your meat and then choose your character. Or if you’re after something in particular, you can make up your own.

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There are some interesting drink options too including alcoholic and non-alcoholic milkshakes. James spotted a potential winner and just couldn’t resist; a caramelised bacon and maple syrup shake.

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A great hit of bacon on every slurp but also so incredibly sweet that it could have been a dessert.

For burgers I went pretty simple: crispy bacon, american cheese and BBQ sauce. A classic combination, that I didn’t have any trouble inhaling.

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James went all out and went for the special: prosciutto crudo, camembert, crispy onions, gherkins, BBQ sauce, chipotle sauce and swapped the ketchup for hot sauce.

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Apparently the gherkins were unnecessary but the hot sauce was an ingenious replacement.

I’d recommend booking as it was apparent when we were there that people are always wanting an Atomic Burger – and now I know why!

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