This past Sunday, my husband Ben and I decided to try Start, the new upscale fast-casual restaurant that opened on Greenville between Desperados and Rusty Taco.
We’d driven by a number of times since it formally opened on August 8 and saw the full parking lot and the drive-through line backed up into Greenville – it was like the In and Out opening in Dallas, complete with police officers directing traffic.
We were lucky enough to get a parking spot and walked into the airy, but small space. Plan B, the same people who designed Bolsa and the new Oak restaurant among others, designed the space with simple details like tree and bird wall decals, birdhouses (for sale too!) and bright blue, orange and wood accents that pop in the white and gray space.
After quickly going through their menu, I settled on the Grilled Chicken Sandwich on a gluten-free bun with Sweet Potato Tots and the hubby went with the Better Burger with Tater Tots. The place was buzzing with people and we were worried we wouldn’t be able to get a table, but luckily people were moving along with their day after they ate.
We did have to wait awhile for our name to be called (more like yelled – they could use a PA system), but were cognizant that they were busy and had only been open for a short time. I used the time to do more digging on the restaurant owners and their story.
Husband and wife team, Erin and Mike McKool, both started their careers as lawyers, with Erin taking a recent break to raise their 4-year-old son. During that time she wished for a quick, and healthy place to grab food for her and her family. Thus the Start concept was born. They’re calling it real food fast, and it focuses on fresh, organic and local ingredients that keep you from feeling guilty when going through the drive-through. To get super-detailed, see their What We Use/Don’t Use list.
When we picked up our food, it was nicely wrapped it eco-friendly packaging and beautifully fresh. My chicken was juicy and the scratch-made Dijonnaise was super tasty. The sweet potato tots were crunchy and not at all oily. Ben enjoyed his grass-fed, free-range beef burger and we both agreed to visit Start again – but maybe hit up the drive-through next time. We’re excited to try their breakfast menu, and a Foursquare tip mentioned the vanilla fro-yo cookie sandwich is a must. So make sure you check our Start and support the McKool’s vision for eating real food even when you’re in a hurry.