The best part about birthday celebrations is that I get to pick where we go, meaning it's time to visit all of Thatgirl's favorite places!
To celebrate Prez's birthday we headed to her pick, Tower23. To celebrate mine, we headed to Starlite.
Starlite is Thatboy and my favorite place to go for drinks. It has something for everyone. A great wine list, inventive cocktails, and a fantastic selection of local and imported beers. Starlite is the kind of place that's a hidden gem - very much a local secret. You could drive by it without ever knowing it was there. You won't find many tourists here at all. It's the kind of place where if Thatboy and I lived in the neighborhood we would come by every day after work for drinks.
Prez wanted something lighter than tequila, so she ordered up the white sangria - Pinot Grigio, brandy, orange, lemon, sugar, peach bitters. It tasted like juice and she had no problem drinking it as though it were. Zorba doesn't do frou frou girly drinks, so he inquired about the well vodka and was completely impressed that they use Rain. Not that he had ever heard of Rain, but an organic vodka is much preferable over the typical Popov type well he's used to getting. As for us - we're Rain fans. Mostly because it's smooth and the bottle is so pretty.
After a couple of mules I was drunk enough to require something a little more substantial, so a burger and fries were quickly ordered. Called simply "The Burger" as though there were no other, it consists of an all natural Brandt beef patty, Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions, served on a brioche bun. There's no mucking about with tomatoes, lettuce, or any fancy schmancy toppings, and the burger needs no accompaniments. Instead it's just plain and simply gooooood. Nothing to hide the flavorful beef, the melty cheese, and the sweet onions. The bar back confided in us that it's his favorite burger anywhere. We're tempted to agree. Served with super skinny fries and a homemade pickle it was the perfect way to end the first celebration of the week!