Illegal Food – Atlanta, GA

We had a meal (or three or four) at Illegal Food back in 2014 and 2015 when they were a popup kitchen at Joystick, but we had not been to their actual location.  Today, when we were in town on a Saturday without plans, I decided it would be “big” burgers for lunch. Off to Virginia-Highland we went.  

Located on Greenwood Street, just behind what used to be Walter Mitty’s, we arrived around 11:30 and were the first folks there.  A couple of other tables filled in after we ordered.


We decided to share an order of fries and went with the sriracha honey.   They weren’t quite as crispy as I would have preferred but the “sweet heat” was quite tasty. 

My beloved decided on the pimento burger – house smoked pimento cheese, grilled red onion, rocket and a bread and butter pickle.  

She proclaimed it to be quite good and, it appeared to be, from the little that was left.  I ordered “the Hank” – an American classic, according to our server. It’s their version of a Big Mac –  American cheese, chopped iceberg lettuce, sweet onion, a fridge pickle and special sauce. 

What would be missing from that?  “Two all beef patties”, according to the song – so I made it a double.  Note:  these were not small patties.  But, being a member of the “clean-plate-club” I finished.  And, almost immediately, needed a nap.  

They make a mighty fine burger – I heartily (maybe not heart-healthily, though) recommend it.  

Illegal Food Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

6 comments

  1. How did you get that burger in your mouth? it’s huge? was it squishable?

    1. I have a fairly large mouth… but it did squish sufficiently.

  2. fbenario · · Reply

    The area Virginia-Highland does not end in an ‘s’. If you were using it as a possessive you forgot the apostrophe.

    Highlands, NC, does end with an ‘s’.

    1. Thanks for the info. I’ve said it wrong for the last forty-something years….

      1. Kind of like Nordstrom – not Nordstroms. Haha

      2. Or Kroger. Not Kroger’s.

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