McKinney's Grind Burger Bar offers eclectic food and drink items

The Grind ($8.25) has aged cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, arugula and black garlic aioli. (Nicole Barron/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Grind ($8.25) has aged cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, arugula and black garlic aioli. (Nicole Barron/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Grind ($8.25) has aged cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, arugula and black garlic aioli. (Nicole Barron/Community Impact Newspaper)

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In addition to burgers, salads are also available at Grind Burger Bar. (Nicole Barron/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Gobbler ($9) is a turkey patty that comes with sliced tomato, red onion, swiss cheese, sliced avocado and basil aioli served on a wheat bun. A side of fries can be added for $3. (Nicole Barron/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Gobbler ($9) is a turkey patty that comes with sliced tomato, red onion, swiss cheese, sliced avocado and basil aioli served on a wheat bun. (Nicole Barron/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jake Clouden is the general manager of Grind Burger Bar in McKinney. (Nicole Barron/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jake Clouden, general manager of Grind Burger Bar, has worked in the restaurant industry for 11 years, gaining experience with everything from taco bars to fine dining. He attributes the success of Grind, which opened in fall 2018, to the kitchen crew members with their quality and consistency.

The restaurant, located at 7500 W. Stacy Road in McKinney, features a barbecue and jalapeno cheeseburger called The John Wayne, which Clouden said is one of the most popular menu items.

“It’s mostly men who order it, probably because it has a cool name,” he said. “The short stack smash is a new item with two patties, and that’s been popular also.”

A starter menu features deviled eggs, fried Buffalo cauliflower and fried stuffed jalapenos, among other options. Guests can also choose from a selection of burgers, sandwiches and specialty salads.

The Ranch Queso burger features charred poblano, bacon and a tempura onion ring with ranch queso poured on top. The Sunday Morning Hangover burger includes American cheese, thick-cut bacon, a sunny-side-up egg, and basil aioli. There are well over 20 choices ranging from beef to chicken to turkey, and photos online can help with the choice.


“I’ll stop by a table to ask if everything tastes good and the response is always, ‘Heck yeah, it’s delicious,’” Clouden said.

Clouden said he loves his job because he gets to hang out with friends while doing it. Every night the bar is filled with regulars, he said.

The restaurant offers a long list of beers on tap, daily drink specials, wine and cocktails.

“The last couple of hours of every night [I’m] visited by the people we know by name,” Clouden said. “Every seat at the bar is full. They walk in the door and I already know what they want to order.”

Grind Burger Bar has an industrial style inside, and the patio offers umbrella-covered picnic tables as well as softer lounge seating.

Grind Burger Bar boasts three locations in the area: Grind Burger Bar and The Taqueria—both in McKinney—and Grind Burger Bar in The Colony.

Grind Burger Bar

7500 W. Stacy Road, Ste. 150, McKinney

469-631-7330

www.grindburgerbar.com

Hours: Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
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