Food & Drink

The best burger in 12 different DC neighborhoods

Published On 09/10/2014 Published On 09/10/2014
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Le Diplomate
Michael Harr
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Kangaroo Boxing Club
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
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1. Food Wine & Co. 7272 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

From a multi-concept owner turning his burning desire for a "man den" into restaurant reality, the Co.'s a 175-seat beef/beverage-heavy chow zone, decked out with wrought-iron railings and massive, rustic leather stools.

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2. Duke's Grocery 1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

You're in for some monster sandwiches and burgers at this bi-level East London-inspired spot in Dupont. Take the Proper Burger, for example, which is stacked with two griddled patties and topped with a list of flavorful ingredients that includes smoked Gouda, charred red onions, and a Thai sweet chili sauce. Beyond the Proper, their chalkboard menu offers an array of tasty dishes -- from curries to homemade pastas -- that are all made from scratch in their cozy kitchen. The laid-back neighborhood-pub vibe lets you kick back while you sip on a craft brew or cocktail.

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3. Le Diplomate 1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, meaning you can count on its traditional French dishes to be consistently excellent. From hors d'oeuvres like fresh oysters and steak tartare with quail egg to entrees including moules frites and beef bourguignon, the menu is brimming with classic, perfectly executed plates. There's even a killer cheeseburger on a house-baked brioche bun. Be sure to secure a sidewalk seat for that extra Parisian feel.

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4. The Black Squirrel 2427 18th St NW , Washington, DC, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

This massive, Adams Morgan beer hall pours 'em tall, dark, and handsome. Black Squirrel offers a plethora of domestic and imported draft and bottled beers in all ales and stripes. Feeling peckish? The in-house kitchen serves up some seriously insane burgers, and the topping list is just as varied as the beer menu-- goat cheese jalapenos on your bacon burger? Yes please.

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5. Old Glory 3139 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

This G-town BBQ joint slings serious smoked meats and some of the tastiest wings in Cap City.

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6. BLT Steak 1625 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

There are six different cuts available at BLT, but for over-the-top extravagance, the upscale modern steakhouse offers four cuts of American wagyu. It’s not just the steaks that make this place great, though: chef Mar Hennessy changes the menu each season. The menu also features selections from the raw bar and its signature warm popovers.

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7. Red Apron Butcher 709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

Start with a quality butcher that's got all the meats and provisions you could ask for, add a delicious menu of specialty breakfast and lunch sandwiches, mix in some coffee from Ceremony, and you've got yourself Red Apron Butcher. Speaking of their breakfast sandwiches, all of them are served on tigelle -- a tasty Italian flatbread reminiscent of an English muffin -- and come in varieties that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in DC, like the Southern Comfort with tasso ham, egg, and spicy pimento cheese.

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8. Kangaroo Boxing Club 3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

As its name suggests, this Columba Heights restaurant and bar errs on the side of quirky. KBC does great things for barbecue, and its dinner menu is packed with smoked meat platters, BBQ sandwiches, and burgers, plus a few vegetarian options for the meat-averse. At weekend brunch, the signature smoked brisket and pulled pork get topped and scrambled with eggs. Though you'd certainly be missing out if you didn't order any food, KBC is the kind of cool and laid-back place to grab a drink, especially when the sidewalk patio is in full swing.

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9. Good Stuff Eatery 303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

This family-run restaurant specializes in American fare done right, including handmade burgers, fries, and ice cream shakes. They also utilize biodegradable products whenever possible, and almost the whole restaurant was constructed from recycled materials.

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10. Satellite Room 2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

This diner-bar has some classic American favorites with a Mexican flair. There's chorizo and potato hash, build-your-own burgers, and spiked shakes, like the Hollywood-inspired Vincent Vega, a creamy vanilla and Bulleit bourbon fusion that should become a routine nightcap.

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11. Granville Moore's 1238 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Built into the crumbling skeleton of an abandoned H street building, this pocket-sized tavern is a local favorite for craft beer and contemporary Belgian eats. While "healthy Belgian food" might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, Granville pumps out way more than mayo-drenched thick-cut fries. The menu offers several mussel-centered small plates (think pork belly, spinach, and shelled mussels in a shallot-white wine sauce), a gnocchi-gouda mac & cheese, and a notoriously tasty house-made black bean burger. The rustic, warm-wooded eatery features a fully-stocked bar, a house-cocktail list to match, and an impressive selection of rotating beers on tap -- most of which are, surprisingly enough, Belgian.

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12. Ray's To The Third 1650 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 (Rosslyn)

Proving that the only thing he has more of than delicious steaks & burgers is clever puns, Michael Landrum's Ray's To The Third: a minimalist Arlington eatery (granite bar, basic wood tables) that lets the mouth-watering steak frites do the talking, especially if you get them ultra, ultra rare.