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Stacy brings you the latest from the world of fast food!

There are so many choices when it comes to fast food drive-thru restaurants, how do you decide? Do I want a burger? Maybe a taco? Perhaps some cheese laden tater tots? (I salute you, Sonic). Well the choice becomes much easier when the menu offers margaritas and pina coladas to-go! Say whaaaa?

Is that even legal? Well apparently so, at the W-Grill on Washington Ave here in Houston, a higher-end privately owned fast food joint. An inch-wide piece of scotch tape laid over the opening of the lid on a Styrofoam cup warrants the legality of a “closed container.” And I’m going with it. Sign me up!

I’ve visited the W-Grill a number of times but I’ve never taken advantage of their cocktails to-go. Until today. And while I was on a high for a while and buzzed from the sheer excitement of such a festive purchase, it didn’t go very far. For even a large isn’t strong enough to produce a decent state of drunken stupor. For me at least. Luckily, I know how to solve that problem. Always carry a flask. Not that I do. Or would ever admit to doing. I’m just sayin’, that’s definitely the way to go in life. By the way, on a serious note, I do NOT condone drinking and driving. My friend and I enjoyed our margaritas within the safe confines of my apartment, thank you very much.

I’ve sampled a variety of the items on W-Grill’s menu. Their burgers are decent – very thick and hearty. But not enough juice or as buttery and crisp a bun as I like. They also have a good chicken caesar wrap which comes with those crispy Kettle Brand potato chips we all like. We all like those, right? Ok, well I do. And they also have very good shrimp tacos! Which is what I ordered today.

Three shrimp tacos with cucumber, red onion, tomato, and some red salsa on the side. You’d be surprised by how fresh and flavorful these are, coming from a drive-thru and all. And with my mango flavored margarita in hand, all that was missing was a pool. And a hot pool boy named Eduardo.

My friend didn’t order quite as smartly. Her turkey avocado sandwich left little to the imagination. Wheat bread, turkey, mayo, mustard, ONE slice of avocado (on each sandwich half), pickles, lettuce and tomato. I could have made that crap myself. And better, for that matter. Oh, and they forgot her Miss Vickies Chips! The audacity! I mean I guess we should have checked our order before driving off but we were so pumped about our margaritas, we hardly had the attention span to do much else. Other than sway from side to side while singing along to Pitbull’s “Hey Baby.” But that is neither here nor there.

My other buddy ordered their chicken ranch wrap – diced chicken breast, ranch dressing, romaine lettuce, and cheddar cheese. And I could have sworn I tasted bacon in there too, but I didn’t see that on the menu. Wishful thinking?

In summation, W-Grill gets major brownie points for:

* Convenience – there are two drive-thru windows on either side of the building, plus an outdoor patio for those who opt to “dine in.” AND, did you know that if you’re hungover, you can call ahead and place your order to-go? I don’t think Jack in The Box let’s you do that, folks. No sirree. But I’ll check it out. And I guess you don’t actually have to be hungover to call in, but it helps.
* Booze – they’ve got beer and wine too, ya’ll!
* Variety – good luck choosing among their vast menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, milkshakes, coffee, etc. They also serve breakfast!
* Friendliness – they’re very nice over there! PLUS, they have a jar of dog treats at the window for those times when you bring Fido along.

However, W-Grill loses points by:

* Closing at 10:00 PM on Fridays and 9:00 PM on Saturdays. – Hello? You’re located on Washington Ave – a street that’s just a strip of bars and clubs and drunk hungry people who start roaming the streets no sooner than 10:00 PM.
* Making a turkey avocado sandwich sans Miss Vickies chips that a two year old could have put together.

Overall experience/satisfaction: 8/10.