And in Austin, TX, the gastronauts behind Swift's Attic, one of our 33 best burger spots, ward off their thirst with a steady stream of brews from generous bar patrons. The menu offers a choice between cans or draft (two or three bucks), and, once you declare your intentions, the server ducks in the back for a headcount to let you know the damage.
On a recent visit for their Monday experimental burger night (only 12 patties made, all unveiled at 9pm), I devoured 3/4 of a Full Monty breakfast burger with English muffin buns, baked beans, a fried egg, tater tots, a beef sausage patty, bacon, and grilled tomatoes. It seemed only fitting to wash it down with a round for the staff.
After ordering the brews, the chef (maniacally pictured holding a knife here!) came out and warmly greeted me with a pound that seemed to have a little extra affection. Approximately one beer's worth.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. He is currently petitioning his favorite coffee shop to add a "buy the lonely-looking writer in the corner a beer" option to their menu. Follow him to a beerless corner at @Dannosphere.