After being closed for about eight months, Ahn’s Quarter Pound Burger on Grand Avenue in Oakland recently reopened for business. I used to frequent this greasy burger joint for many years. I missed the smell of french fries being cooked at Ahn’s during my walks around Lake Merritt. I remember when the scent would hypnotize me, and force me to stop for a snack. I remember when I didn’t feel like cooking, how a burger and fries from Ahn’s would offer me complete satisfaction.
Eating at Ahn’s Burger has always been a guilty pleasure. After running five miles today, I figured I earned it. Although there is seating available inside Ahn’s, I have always preferred to order from the walk up counter that faces the street and take my food to go. I ordered a cheeseburger, french fries, and a pineapple milkshake. The prices have gone up (about 25%), but so has minimum wage and likely their rent.
This was actually the first time I ordered a pineapple milkshake from Ahn’s. The flavor seemed more like a mix of pineapple and vanilla. It had a nice consistency and even included tiny pieces of pineapple.
The fries are crinkle cut, crispy, well seasoned, and always comes out piping hot. I usually enjoy a few right out of the bag on the road home when they are very hot. Ahn’s offers a generous portion of french fries as they typically overflow out of the bag it comes in. I shared some with my BFF who tasted a nutty flavor, which leads me to think their french fries are cooked in peanut oil. Peanut oil has a high smoke point and good for frying.
My quarter pound cheeseburger was dressed with chopped lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, pickles, and mayonnaise. It has a soft bun that holds everything in place. Super fresh, super simple, and super delicious.
I’m glad to see Ahn’s Quarter Pound Burger back up and running. It was truly missed.