Disclaimer: We usually try to eat local, but sometimes you want a bar right down the street.
The problem with the Emmett Street/29 corridor is that you are surrounded by chain hell. Chilis, Applebees, Cheeseburger in Paradise (thankfully now closed) and Outback were the only options with bars. So when we were in the mood to grab a beer and a burger/snack/happy hour, we would have to either drive downtown or up 29 to Timberwood with just ok food. We still do that, but it is nice to have a different option closer to home.
Burton's has good food. They cook their burgers to the proper temperature, their apps are good, and pretty much everything we've eaten there has been tasty. It might be a little more than we like to pay for happy hour (sandwiches start at $12, entrees are $22 and up) but their drinks are half price 3-6pm and you don't have to order a meal if people are sharing apps.
We also really like the people and service. Each bartender we've encountered has been friendly and attentive and knows how to pour a drink. They also quickly remembered us and greet us by name, already asking if we want the usual. The managers always stop by to check in. Overall we are very glad to have Burton's in an otherwise desolate food and drink desert.
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