Burgers, Burgers and More Burgers
You can’t have a legitimate city resource without a list of juicy burger hot spots!! So here ya go: Curbside’s burger must haves, DC style.
The Partisan (Washington D.C., D Street, NW)
One of my favorite places! I was here last week and tried almost everything on the menu (not by myself, of course!). It’s all mouth watering good, particularly for meat eaters. Plus, it has an awesome, cozy vibe that really adds to the experience. If you’re not feeling like a night in a restaurant, stop by their butcher shop and find something to throw on the grill. I promise you won’t be disappointed. The crazy thing is, this place isn’t even known for it’s burger! There are so many delicious items on this menu that you really can’t go wrong. But since this is about the burger, do yourself a favor and don’t leave it out of the equation. #Yum.
Bobby’s Burger Palace (Washington D.C., K Street, NW)
If you’re looking for a menu packed with burger options, would you ever consider anywhere other than Bobby Flay’s Palace?? Nope! Talk about a slew of interesting burger concoctions brought to you by a national favorite in all things greasy and delicious. Haven’t been disappointed yet!
PS: Keep in mind that this has more of a casual-slightly-more-fancy-but-not-fancy-fast-food vibe. So…maybe not a first date option…but definitely a second! 🙂
Green Pig Bistro (Clarendon)
Three words: Bacon infused burgers…..You’re welcome.
Woodmont Grill (Bethesda)
If you’re looking for a juicy burger, you’ll definitely find it here. ALSO, if you’re looking for a veggie burger that gets just as high reviews — it’s your lucky day.
Old Ebbitt Grille (Washington D.C., 15th Street, NW)
Just steps from the White house and all our monuments, you’ll find a gorgeous building that doesn’t look anything like a grille! Welcome to Old Ebbit; where booths are made of mahogany and velvet; the bar is set in marble, brass, and beveled glass; and the decor includes antiques and history that date back to 1856. Old Ebbitt has found an interesting way to incorporate their famous oysters into their Riot Burger — yep, you heard me right! Oysters in a burger along with horseradish mayo and bacon. Wowzers! But if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you have 5 other amazing options (including a veggie and salmon burger) that are just as satisfying. Long in short, you’re not only getting an amazing burger but you’re getting a meal set in history and convenient enough to tour the nation’s monuments after!
Elevation Burger (Washington D.C., O Street, NW or Massachusetts Ave, NW)
From Kuwait, to Bahrain, Qatar and numerous spots in the United States; this place is making a global impact. Elevation burger is very health and environment motivated, feeding their customers 100% USDA certified organic, grass-fed, free-range beef and taking special care in counting calories and collecting all nutritional information so it can be shared with their customers. You’ll find guilt-free options all the way to cheat-day options as well as a menu of shakes, malts and yummy toppings. This place is more of a grab-and-go spot, but one that won’t disappoint!
Five Guys (Washington D.C., I Street, NW)
I’m going to take a wild guess and assume you’ve heard of this place. If you haven’t – I’m not sure how not! Five Guys has gone international, and there’s a reason. Somehow, no matter what location I’m at, I always love my burger. They offer a great quality, fast food product that tastes classic and satisfying. So the next time you’re craving a quick burger — you know of a place.
BlackSalt (Washington D.C., MacArthur Blvd., NW)
I know what you’re thinking — a FISH restaurant on a BURGER list? Yes. That’s what I’m saying. You’ll love it. But go with a big group of people and try everyone’s fish meals, also, because they’re just as stellar.
Central Michel Richard (Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
Here’s an upscale place with an upscale burger. Ever tried a lobster burger? I hadn’t either, but I can’t wait for my next one! A beautiful restaurant with some tasty burger options. If lobster isn’t your thing, you can also try a chicken lemon burger, an ahi-tuna burger, or your classic burger with optional cheese or bacon. Whatever you choose, you’ll love this swishy place.
Thunder Burger (Washington D.C., M Street, NW)
From burgers topped with chili, foie gras, pulled pork or pineapple salsa; and patties ranging from beef, to veal, and ahi-tuna — your taste buds are sure to have a party with whatever interesting pairing you choose. My son celebrated his birthday here a few years ago and we all went home talking about their extensive, creative and mouth watering menu for days.
Bourbon Steak (Four Seasons, Georgetown)
Award winning chef, Michael Mina, uses corn-fed, natural meats, and a unique, culinary vision as he transforms your classic American dishes. It’s no surprise that their burger was to die for, their ambience is 5 star, and their complimentary duck fat fries and truffle butter rolls is literally the icing on the cake….or maybe I should say the bun on the burger 😉
Ray’s To The Third (Arlington, VA)
Remember that time Obama left the White House because he just had to have a burger?? — Well, it was Ray’s burger that he was craving! Quite honestly, I haven’t had the pleasure of trying this burger yet. However, my family and I tried Ray’s Hell Burger a few years ago and we all thought we had some of the best burgers any of us had ever tasted. I have no doubt that his new place is just as amazing. Ray’s burger joints tend to have few decorative frills so that the burgers can speak for themselves. And they certainly do.
Shake Shack (F Street, Union Station, Dupont Circle, Nationals Park)
Last, but obviously not least, we’ve got Shake Shack! My sister in New York City loves this place, and now it’s come to DC. Though this has been a meat lovers blog post, I’m going to have to rave about their vegetarian option, the ‘Shroom Burger. It’s incredible. And good news, this hot spot has a number of locations and continues to grow, so clearly everyone’s raving about all of their other burgers, also! To top it off, they have items on the menu for your dog, too! ….Yes. My dog, Sheldon, is a Shake Shack regular.