Desperado's Burgers is the first DC outpost of the New Orleans Port of Call burger bar which sits on the outskirts of the French Quarter. Like the original, this quaint U Street operation showcases the same big juicy burgers served with a side of loaded baked potatoes, and potent cocktails (but on the latter, unfortunately, DC law precludes 'to-go cups').
I applaud Desperado's for their ability to recreate the feel of New Orleans; not the over-the-top Bourbon Street debauchery, but of the off-the-beaten path neighborhood bars you can find in the Big Easy if you know where to look. The bar-restaurant is galley style, brick, dimly lit, with a chalkboard listing the beers, with friendly, low-key service. The whole place probably only seats about 30 people, which raises for me the dilemma of whether or not to tell anyone--much less blog--about such a gem that I like too much to risk contributing to crowds. But obviously the altruistic side of me won out.
So here is the scoop: the burgers are big and juicy, close to the size of Hellburger, and come with a variety of hearty toppings to choose from including blue cheese, avocado, and bacon. I especially liked the Cajun burger which added a nice heat.
|Desperados Blue Cheese Burger with Loaded Baked Potato|
There are a few kinks to work out. The potatoes could benefit from some additional cooking time and are not yet up to snuff with their original counterparts; and the burgers, while moist, juicy, and delicious, were not all served at the requested cooking temperature.
As much as I hate to drive more people towards this spot, I do recommend trying it out. The atmosphere cannot be beat, the burgers are some of the best around, and it is a great way to escape DC for a while. Burgers are $9.50 and come with the choice of baked potato or french fries, though I recommend the baked potato without question, even if they do still need to perfect the cooking time.
As of this posting, Desperados Burgers is still lacking a website.