In May, Capitol Hill’s fast-casual counter for experimental mix-in burgers opened in Chinatown, with a heavy emphasis on liquor. Devlin Barry-Hoke (Pearl Dive, Maydan, Momofuku) is Eat Brgz’s new bar manager, and he brings out a changing range of draught drinks ($12), including an Old Fashioned, rum punch, and elderflower spritz. Weekday specials at the 25-foot bar include $6 frozen margaritas on Wednesdays and $5 martinis from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Every Friday at noon, a six-hour, $5 martini happy hour begins to kick off the weekend.
Modern Burger Bar We’ve re-imagined an American classic by mixing fresh, high-quality ingredients and bold spices directly into the patty, creating the first truly custom, made-to-order burger. At Eat Brgz, you don’t have to expand your mouth outrageously wide to obtain a balanced piece of patty, bun, and toppings. The local company, which debuted on Capitol Hill about six months before the pandemic hit, uniquely creates its burgers by putting toppings directly into patties and providing sauces on the side. Founder Brandon Gaynor claims the Mexico City burger, which combines chorizo, red onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, Oaxaca cheese, and taco spice, is the neighborhood’s favorite. The new Eat Brgz will be double the original size and seat up to 70 people.
Gaynor says he would not extend the food menu despite having a larger room and kitchen. They are, however, attempting to open a complete bar with beer, wine, and cocktails. Perhaps you’ll be able to order drinks along with your burgers. “We’re maintaining the same mindset,” he says. “Quick, high-quality service at an affordable price.” Craft drinks are available on tap for $10. This isn’t a $17 cocktail.” Eat Brgz prioritizes personalization, and all burgers start at $9. You begin by selecting your mix-ins and whether you want beef, chicken, or Impossible patties. Then you choose whether you want your burgers on a Lyon Bakery potato bread, a pita, a house-made, gluten-free cauliflower bun, or a bed of kale. You may serve it with fries or fried Brussels sprouts. Milkshakes are protein-fortified, which Gaynor believes makes parents happy.