Where: Burger Girl, 4444 McKinney Ave. When: 3-10 p.m. daily, all day Sunday What: $2 canned beer, $4 you-call-it Why: Because burgers and beer are synonymous with summer, and if a backyard barbecue isn't an option, cheap booze and a decent menu will do in a pinch. Beer priced at $2 and in summer-appropriate canned form means we can afford to splurge on the Kobe Burger and still knock back a few on a budget. To keep it even cheaper, we went the Bud Select route, always 99 cents on tap. But it's not just a beer lover's happy hour. The $4 "you-call-its" are always an option for the liquor fiends.
Outside, a cozy tiled patio wraps around the restaurant, a tiny shoebox of an establishment, with floor length windows and a comfy wooden bar underneath pics of celebrities inhaling their favorite burgers lining the walls. An open-window kitchen slings everything from a regular old burger to the Fish and Chips Burger and the Turkey Burger, with soft-serve shakes and sundaes also in the offing. All we need now is a plastic pool and the smell of sunscreen to compete with the heat. Plus, for the days at work that never end and the summer sun that never sets, Burger Girl keeps the specials going just as long, with happy hour 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day and all day Sunday.