I always look forward to the Washington Post's Fall Dining Guide with a bit of trepidation because I fear that the new "it" place(s) will soon be overrun. My type-A personality even carries over to dining guides (sad, but true). So while I pride myself on knowing the ins and outs of DC dining, I am always overwhelmed by the newcomers I have yet to try, and some classic establishments (including Obelisk), that I still have not made it to.
So with Tom's guide in hand via the Saturday early edition of Sunday's Post, I made quick use of it by trying BGR: The Burger Joint within hours of my initial read. With five locations, B and I opted for the closest one on Lee Highway, next to the always bustling Italian Store
BGR does a brisk Saturday lunch business, which allowed us some time to decide on our strategy to navigate the many menu options. We were a bit overwhelmed with the burger selections--should we go for the classic hamburger (with hormone free, grain fed beef), the Greek lamb burger, or the lobster one?--all of which are cooked to order. We both opted for the classic burgers, me with the works including a spicy Mojo sauce and B with bacon and blue cheese. The burgers were well seasoned, the fresh-made brioche bun was delicious and soaked in the juices, and there was nothing to complain about the toppings (caramelized onions, tomatoes, lettuce). My only minor complaint is that the exterior of my burger (full disclosure: ordered medium well) was a bit too charred.
And while we enjoyed the burgers, the best part of this lunch was not the meat but the sides. The thick cut, ridicoulously over-sized onion rings were almost sweet, and by far the best I have had in the area if not anywhere. The double-fried yukon gold French Fries don't look like much, but their flavor and crunch combination worked perfectly.
What really seems to make BGR stand out is the quality of each and every ingredient. It is the complete burger-joint package. BGR soars well above Five Guys, and the sides trump Ray's Hellburger. But as for the burgers themselves, I prefer Desperados (on U) and B is a Ray's Hellburger fanatic.
BGR also offers milkshakes, which will no doubt draw me back. That and an order of onion rings sounds like a pretty swell combination.
Quality does not come cheap; two burgers, one side of fires, one side of onion rings, and a diet coke, totaled $28!
One Dining Guide destination down, many, many more to go!