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Worth the Drive: Jerry’s Gourmet Burgers in Villa Rica

posted on November 30, 2016 at 11:48 am
The burger at Jerry’s. PHOTOGRAPH BY TED GOLDEN.

The burger at Jerry’s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY TED GOLDEN.

 

Living in the South means there are ample opportunities for food-centric road trips. Next time you feel like driving for a delicacy, or if you happen to be headed out on I-20W toward Birmingham, make sure to stop at Jerry’s Gourmet Burgers off of exit 26.

Jerry’s, which sits to the right of a gas station, is not your average roadside burger stand. The floors of the porch are filled with all sorts of plants and flowers, which makes eating there a little like dining in cheeseburger paradise. Order at the window and you’ll meet Rehan Ihsan, aka “Jerry,” who came to Villa Rica from South Wales “around the time the band Wham! was big.” A pharmacist with degrees from West Georgia and Mercer in his previous life, Ihsan lost everything due to addiction. Jerry’s Gourmet Burgers, which he opened four years ago, was his new leaf, and he seems to love what he does.

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