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Neighborhood Favorites | John's Picks

There is a long list of things that makes Top Notch one of the coolest Burnet Road staples.

Neighborhood Favorites

Pinthouse Pizza

The founders recognized the potential of Burnet Rd and were early adopters who helped kick start a slew of hip new places to dine and grab a drink north of 45th Street. The brick facade architecture had neighbors in Brentwood, Rosedale, Allandale neighborhoods vying to see what was about to open. Today PHP brews award winning frothy beverages constantly on seasonal rotation (with permanent original brews on tap) and also provide a wide selection of microbrews from around the country.
Highlights: Excellent home brews with picnic table style seating and a great place to catch the game with flat screen TV
Menu Faves: Pepperoni and Basil Pizza with Pint House Salad

Top Notch

There is a long list of things that makes Top Notch one of the coolest Burnet Road staples. It's a walk back in time w/ their drive-up ordering stations (don't worry, you can still dine inside), movie nights during the summer that broadcast on a vintage TV mural, their timeless recipes, the Hot Rod nights where classic cars line the parking lot....and oh yeah, Dazed and Confused filmed some legendary scenes there! The owner lives in Crestview and is a supporter of neighborhood events and Brentwood Elementary. Did I mention they now serve local brew?
Highlights: The kid’s meal is served in a classic Ford Fairlane cruiser
Menu Faves: Hamburgers are great, but seriously try the fish sandwich

Thunderbird Cafe and Tap Room

An old gas station / car garage when I moved into the neighborhood in early 2002, Thunderbird has transformed itself from just coffee to a full dining experience. Many residents still start their morning off with their favorite coffee or espresso, Tacodeli Tacos (while they last) or a pastry to go. Now there is a lunch crowd that might pick up a fresh salad or sandwich made that morning. By late afternoon you'll see folks in conversation over one of the 20+ beers on tap while relaxing on the outside patio.
Highlights: My son loves walking over to split a muffin while Dad has his morning coffee…and the friendly staff
Menu Faves: Their coffee never disappoints

Little Deli

The secret has slowly leaked, and now the Little Deli has patrons from all over town coming to enjoy a pie under the giant oak tree outside (where today you can bring in your own wine or beer). Originally known for its killer sandwiches, when Tony purchased from the previous owner he installed pizza ovens and quickly expanded hours of operation. The added picnic benches out front accommodate the crowds who either call in orders and stay to eat or just show up for an evening family meal.
Highlights: The ability to walk to dinner and honestly have some of the best pizza in town.
Menu Faves: Pepperoni and Mushrooms with Greek Salad is a Friday night regular, but for lunch I always grab a Club Sandwich all the way.

Honest Mary's

The owners began Honest Mary’s in their own tiny kitchen and eventually decided to branch out once they realized how hard it was to be on the go and not have plenty of healthy food options. So they created a fast paced restaurant that met the needs of their lifestyle choices and found an honest way of making enriching flavorful bowls that were sustainable yet healthy. The best part about each bowl is that there are no refined sugars, no artificial flavors, and non GMO oils. Honest Mary’s is a great place to go and grab a quick bite to eat if you are on the go and need something that is healthy and filling.
Highlights: Close proximity to my office, so if I am taking a break, you can find me here.
Menu Faves: Golden Grain with chicken

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