This past Friday I made my third visit to Urban pL8, over on Huff Road between Howell Mill and S. Marietta Blvd. Urban pL8 is really just a stones throw from the heavily trafficked Westside Provisions District, but it feels a bit isolated and this location has been notoriously difficult. They seem to be hanging in there – they had a decent crowd in there for a late lunch. Some of the nearby apartments/townhomes are finally complete, and the new location of the Corner Tavern down the street has opened, so hopefully the continued development will result in an increase in traffic for all the businesses in that area.
Urban pL8 has changed since my last visit. The orders are no longer taken at the counter, it’s all table service. The lunch menu has also expanded to include a larger selection of salads, sandwiches, and entrees. I felt like a sandwich that day, but the only option besides one of the many variations of burgers (bison, veggie, nut, banh mi, regular) was either a chicken or pimiento sandwich. So of course I went with a burger.
Plump, tall, and literally oozing its juices, this well grill-marked burger was very satisfying. Toppings, bun, and the accompanying salad all deserve high marks. The only thing I’d change is the forming of the patty – the beef is packed too tight, which results in a tough and chewy texture, almost like a sausage. This may have been the reason the burger is so juicy (the firm texture locks in the liquid?), so it may be a trade-off that I’m judging based on personal preference.
I continue to hear great things about the nut burger. I think I’ll try that next time.