Food & Drink

10 DC Burgers That Aren't on Your Radar But Should Be

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
Under the radar burgers DC
Laura Hayes
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Laura Hayes
The Big Board
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Laura Hayes
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Laura Hayes
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Proof
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1. 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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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. The Big Board 421 H Street NE, Washington, DC, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Equipped with a screen that displays their changing, demand-based beer prices in real time, brew and burger joint Big Board fleshes out the Wall Street feel with mahogany park benches, a tile "sidewalk" running around its perimeter, and dark gray angular columns meant to evoke skyscrapers. Made with hand-pattied local beef, their burgers are nothing fancy, but they're some of the best in DC, like the Great Chicago Fire burger (chipotle powder, habanero jack cheese, sweet & spicy mango-habanero salsa).

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4. DGS Delicatessen 1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

DGS Delicatessen takes the idea from your old Jewish grandmother's kitchen and elevates it with a modern and creative spin that gives this authentic deli-bar new flavor and energy with a homestyle base. Styled after the turn-of-the-century grocery stores, DGS Delicatessen house cures and smokes their all meats and fish as well as crafts their own duck fat matzo balls.

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5. Heavy Seas Alehouse Arlington 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 (Rosslyn)

Heavy Seas in Rosslyn is a pirate-themed pub with 15 drafts, two casks, experimental cocktails, and American comfort pub fare that leans towards tasty seafood, expertly prepared using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The rustic-industrial, warehouse-like space is decked out with plank-lined walls, dark wood furniture, and buoyed string lights. It’s great for groups, especially themed parties.

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6. Meridian Pint 3400 11st NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

Columbia Heights' Meridian Pint always has its finger on the pulse of the craft beer scene, offering its customers the latest and best domestic brews in its rustic, Americana dining room -- where you'll find people noshing on bites like nachos, burgers, BBQ pork sandwiches, and wings -- and in its basement that boasts table taps from which you can pour your own beers. If that weren't enough, there's even weekend brunch with breakfast burritos, chicken & waffles, and huevos rancheros.

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7. Shaw's Tavern 520 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

A massive neighborhood watering hole where lanterns light exposed brick walls and an outdoor patio, Shaw's wood-burning oven cooks up fare like roasted branzino (with clams in a warm shellfish vinaigrette), and Granny Smith-topped Vermont pizza. The cocktails are highlighted by an amped-up Bloody garnished with a house-pickled carrot, called the "Pickle Mary" -- good enough to produce a "Jesus!".

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8. Ardeo + Bardeo 3311 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Cleveland Park)

Combining the two adjoining Cleveland Park heavy hitters, Ardeo + Bardeo's the aptly named meal-merger from nationally hailed Ashok Bajaj, with an extensive brunch and dinner menu, and a million-dollar facelift.

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9. Art and Soul 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Capitol Hill)

Art and Soul's complete interior redesign includes herringbone wood flooring among other rustic-ness designed to foster a "contemporary urban market feel". High quality ingredients meet comfort food for delicious dishes like Confit Pork Belly & Pig Head Ravioli and a Fried Free Range Chicken for two.

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10. Proof 775 G St, NW , Washington, DC , DC 20001 (Penn Quarter)

Proof is an award-winning restaurant located in DC's Penn Quarter. Go for Mediterranean and Asian-influenced American cuisine, and try their famous crispy Peking duck breast. While you're at it, order a fine port from its thousand-plus wine list.