Picture a burger covered in melted habanero cheese and topped six inches high with bacon, guacamole and onion strings, all sandwiched between a potato bun. Now imagine paying just $7.95 for it.
Impressive and affordable, that's the schtick at new Lower Greenville burger joint Pints and Quarts, which opens the the public today.
Pints and Quarts is the brainchild of Brooke Humphries, the restaurateur who's behind Barcadia, Mudsmith, It'll Do and Beauty Bar. With her latest concept, Humphries aimed to offer something for everyone, whether it's a simple grab-and-go burger or a quart of beer. (You heard right: a quart of beer.)
"I want you to be able to get in and out easy on the wallet," she says. "Still giving you that good quality burger without making a dent in your wallet."
The roughly 1,100-square-foot spot sits on its own concrete island at the intersection of Greenville and Ross avenues in the former space of a tire shop. It took Humphries more than eight months to re-zone, but it's worth it, she says, because the ambiance is there. Pints and Quarts has a retro gas station feel, with a bright green and orange color scheme. One of the first things patrons may notice is Dale, the cute mascot sporting a pompadour and tough attitude.
About 48 guests can sit inside and take in the aromas from the flattop grill in the open-concept space. The rest can take a seat at a table on the patio. Two garage doors on the north side of the building connect the two seating areas and give Pints and Quarts and indoor-outdoor feel.
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The restaurant has a full bar in addition to eight draft beer taps, which serve a variety of craft beers as well as Pabst Blue Ribbon. Beers and fountain sodas come by the pint or the quart, fittingly. There are also plenty of bottled and canned options, including hard cider, ginger beer, bottled sodas and cheap beers like Schlitz and Pearl.
Pints and Quarts has a small but mighty menu of cocktails, too. Of note are the Summer Coolant, a mix of vodka, watermelon puree, basil, coconut water and lemon juice, and the Rocket Fuel, which combines ginger and habanero-infused tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, pineapple nectar, and ginger beer.
"Quarts" falls in line with the restaurant's gas-station theme, but it also refers to quarter-pound burgers and hot dogs, says Humphries. All burgs come on a potato bun cooked medium, and no, you can't modify what's on each one. But you can ask for it veggie (with a portobello patty) and gluten-free (on cabbage). Burgers range from the no frills meat-and-veggies at $4.50 to the drool-worthy Dale Revenge (the six-incher with habanero cheese and guac) at $7.95.
Jimmie Joyce Anderson purchased the business' first burger on Friday. "The flavors in the burger make a party in my mouth," she says.
Pints and Quarts sells six different 'dogs that come loaded with things like sauerkraut, chives, and bacon. The Banh Mi Dog is one of the more adventurous, loaded with cucumber, pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro and banh mi sauce.
Add a side of fries, onion strings or fried pickles (those come doused in dill ranch) to make it meal. Other offerings include chili, Frito pie, chicken dishes and homemade dessert puddings (choose from lemon meringue, chocolate or bananas foster).
Parking: Right now, Pints and Quarts shares a parking lot with the strip of businesses to the south, such as Ships bar. It's only about 39 spots though, so you may want to have a back-up plan.
The first of many: Humphries attests there will be more Pints and Quarts to come.
"We're already looking at second locations," she says. "My gut instinct says the second location will be Grapevine/Keller/Southlake, or north in Frisco."
Burgers for brunch? Humphries says eventually she may add some breakfast sandwiches or other brunch items to the menu for weekend diners.
Pints and Quarts is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. 5434 Ross Ave., Dallas.