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The other stand-out element is the menu, serving a range of burgers, pizzas and other teen-movie-like meals. Atomic Diner is the kind of restaurant with meals that come under the name the Dixie Chick, the Dead Elvis, and the Gaga. Each is broken down into what toppings and fillings you'll be getting, while there is a helpful guide to the kind of bun and meat each burger is suitable for. Fair warning: while there may be freakshakes and sugar-packed cocktails, the restaurant does not serve wine. This shocked a member of a party when I previously attended the Diner. But as any teen film will show you, wine is rarely the drink of the day.
Speaking of freakshakes, this is what my partner went for, and it was amusing to watch her and my daughter battle over the sweets and ice cream that come with the overflowing drink. I went for a cookie monster milkshake, which felt much simpler. In terms of food, my choice was the Johnny B Bad burger, a heady mix of
Our order came speedily, with a burger that hit the spot for me. A sloppy delight that always felt seconds away from collapsing in my hands, the burgers at Atomic always pack a terrific flavour punch and reside in the very top tier of burgers in Oxford. It is sad then that the pizza proves to be just fine, lacking the same impact of flavour that my meal did. Maybe it was the rosemary and garlic chips that my partner ordered as a side, or maybe it is just that the pizzas can never quite match the burgers. Nevertheless, our daughter appreciated her children's ham and mushroom pizza, so maybe it just works for different taste buds.
If it feels like I haven't talked about the food at Atomic Diner as much as with other restaurants, that's because the impact of the dining experience comes from the complete package. The food, décor, atmosphere and staff all work together to create a fun time for all. If you have never been to an Atomic venue, you simply must. You'll discover a cave of wonders to fit any diner's needs.