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Likely more famous for its heavenly Trinity French fries, EastBurn also serves up a mean grilled cheese that makes good use of gouda. The key to this classic is the bread, a Grand Central multigrain that is hearty and full of seeds on the crust. Plus, the healthy-tasting bread may make you feel better about devouring all that melty cheese, crisp bacon, and juicy tomato that’s sandwiched between it. The price is great too—just $5 during EastBurn’s “recess” happy hour (4-6 p.m. on weekdays, 3-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays) and $8 with fries on the late night menu (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.).
When EastBurn’s retractable roof is not retracted, its outdoor patio almost seems more like an extra room than it does an outdoor patio. Amenities include swinging chairs that hang from wooden beams, overhead heaters to keep you warm, a flat-screen television for soccer games, gaslit fires that bloom from the centers of a pair of tables, and, when the roof's rolled back, (often) sunny skies.
Forecast: This patio may seem small, but it comfortably seats 40. That said, manager Mike Bender says those seats may be hard to come by, especially if the sun is out and the roof is rolled back. The earlier you show up, he says, the better off you'll be.
SPF: When the elements are in force, the roof is rolled shut, protecting you from the wind, rain and cold. But even when the sun is out and the roof is open, very little sunlight filters in from outside, so you'll never be too hot.
Advisory: Get cultured and let it show. EastBurn hosts a movie night and a trivia night (not at the same time) every Sunday night. Or if deals on drinks is more your thing, EastBurn does $2 pints every Tuesday followed by Whiskey Wednesday—$2 off all top-shelf whiskeys. Smoking is prohibited and so are dogs, but kids are okay.
Barometer: How can you not want to try the lobster mac and cheese, the elk sliders, or the Southern Russian (like a nutmegged, White Russian but with chocolate bitters and bourbon)?