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THE DISH: Louie Louie's

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Louie Louie’s serves, from bottom clockwise, slaw dogs, chili cheese dogs, french fries, chocolate milkshakes and chili cheese burgers. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

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The inside of the restaurant pays homage to the decades of drive-ins and diners. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

ON THE MENU

• Bacon cheese burger — 1/3 pound of beef charbroiled with cheese and topped with hickory smoked bacon, $6

• Hawaiian Louie burger — 1/3 pound beef charbroiled and topped with Swiss cheese, ham, pineapple and Louie’s special Hawaiian sauce, $6.45

•B.L.T. dog — Nathan’s hot dog topped with bacon, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato, $4.29

• Italian dog — Nathan’s hot dog topped with pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara sauce, $4.29

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Louie Louie's

Louie Louie's

3035 Centerville Highway, Suite No. 1, Snellville

470-375-4712

Open since: Dec. 4

Owner: Jack Ramu

Location: Louie Louie’s is located at the intersection of Centerville Highway and Everson Road, in the same shopping center at Kroger.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays

Atmosphere: The inside of Louie Louie’s pays homage to the days of drive-ins and diners.

The walls are decorated with vintage metal signs with Coca-Cola advertisements and scenes of “all-American” hot dogs, milkshakes, fries and burgers.

The tables and booths are covered with black and white checker print tablecloths. Each table has everything you need for your meal: salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard and hot sauce.

There are no frills — just a place to enjoy a meal.

“We didn’t want to do a sports bar with loud televisions or anything like that. It’s casual — come as you like,” owner Jack Ramu said. “We don’t care. If you want the real deal charbroiled burger … come here.”

There is one TV in the corner, if you need to watch something while eating.

If you are in a hurry, guests can call ahead or place a to-go order on site.

“We’ll make sure your food is hot and ready for you when you come,” Ramu said.

Menu: The name says it all: Louie Louie’s Charbroiled Burgers ‘n Dogs.

“I’ve been a cook since I was a kid,” Ramu said. “Anything I have here (on the menu), we can make it how you want it.”

At the restaurant, Ramu and his crew use 100 percent U.S.D.A. ground beef, which they mold by hand. As the menu says, “No two patties are shaped the same, so you know you’re not getting frozen, processed patties.”

Guests can build their own burger or order from the specialty list. Ramu offers everything from the Italian New Yorker burger with pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara sauce to the mushroom Swiss burger.

“You can’t get a good burger charbroiled anywhere else,” the owner said. “All the other restaurants has flat tops and smoosh the crap out of the meat.

“Here, it’s like grilling burgers in the backyard, and who doesn’t love that?”

If you’re in the mood for a hot dog, there are 100 percent beef Nathan’s dogs that are made New York style — boiled in water.

But if you want it grilled, Ramu will do that, too. Some of the dog options include a barbecue slaw dog, chili cheese dog and bacon crumble dog.

All of the toppings are made in-house.

Guests can order sides to accompany their meals, like sweet potato fries, french fries, onions rings and cole slaw.

For dessert, there are milkshakes and floats — all made with Breyers ice cream and made by hand to order.

Things you might not know: Ramu owns three other businesses.