This week we’re visiting two local eateries I love for their cheap, loud, and smokey vibes. So grab your beard, thick black bangs, combat boots, and half smile - we’re getting grunge.
Stop one - El Myr. Nested beside The Variety Playhouse in Little 5 Points, El Myr caters to the good ol’ punk rock crowd. Specializing in a sort of Tex-Mex they place a mean burrito on the (ashy) table. El Myr visits usually begin with the thought, “it’s late and I’m hungry” but that’s okay there.
All hail Pabst? I highly recommend you start with a cheap beer and some chips and salsa. We did and as I settled back into my chair I felt a sense of relaxation (something that doesn’t come much during a quarter). The room was loud but cozy and created a nice sense of community.
And though it’s cheap, simple, and more than enough to split a burrito at El Myr, we started out with a broccoli and rice quesadilla. It was my first quesadilla there and I was pleasantly surprised. It was fresh and delicious (and only $5.50).
We also got the tofu and bell-peppers burrito which rings at a tiny $5.75 - much smaller than the burrito itself. I’ve heard that you know a burrito is good when it can stand up on it’s own. I’ve never seen a burrito fall over at El Myr nor have I had a bad burrito. Perhaps they are words of wisdom. Though I didn’t indulge in it on this trip I recommend the Pad Thai burrito sometime. Stuffed with onions, bell peppers, broccoli, rice, eggs, bean sprouts, cilantro, lime, Thai peanut sauce, and chicken or tofu, it’s a fun take on the traditional burrito.
Inside, I chose a spot on the patio. It’s covered and filled with giant plastic picnic tables, music, and inventive pieces of art. Though the patio is loved and loud it’s still a bit more peaceful than the adjacent dining room and bar. But covered with posters of upcoming shows and stickers from past ones, it keeps the community feel.
Dress wise, El Myr keeps it casual and well, punk. I wore an a black over-sized tank, black lace skirt, and little lace up booties. I’d also like to introduce you to my long awaited Rocco bag - which fit right in with it’s industrial studs.
Friday we will visit Jack’s Pizza. Maybe this will turn into a dirty burrito vs. pizza competition? See you there!