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1. B Side8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax
2. Pinea515 15th St NW, Washington
3. Satellite Room2047 9th St NW, Washington
4. Second State1831 M St NW, Washington
5. Plan B Burger Bar801 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
6. Station 41101 4th St SW, Washington
7. DC9 Nightclub1940 9th St NW, Washington
8. Citizen Burger Bar1051 North Highland S, Arlington
From meat-monger Nathan Anda, this Mosaic District neighborhood bar and restaurant serves a nice array of bar snacks and main dishes, including rotisifried chicken, steak frites, and the Mosaic Burger: a double patty with Italian beef, provolone, and giardiniere.
Pinea is a chic spot for Mediterranean dishes and snacks. Be sure to try the lamb burger, available at brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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.
This Pennsylvania-focused restaurant in the former Mighty Pint space offers a rye-driven cocktail menu, including the Second Statement (with Wigle rye, PA raw honey, Absinthe, and aromatic bitters served on fancy ice). What you won’t find on the menu is beer produced anywhere but Pennsylvania. They’re not kidding about this theme. Bites include a foie gras-topped burger with caramelized onions and banana jam (available at lunch), cheddar pierogies, and a coffee-cocoa-rubbed venison chop. Also heed the sign posted in the bar: Enjoy your food, not your phone.
Plan B Burger Bar is a small Connecticut-based chain, and this DC outpost is the first to open its doors outside of New England. The burgers here are as good as it gets: fresh, never frozen, wet-aged whole chucks that are hand-ground in-house several times a day. And it doesn't hurt to have your patty paired with the addictive "blue" chips (potato chips slathered with warm blue cheese sauce, tomatoes, bacon, red onion, and jalapeños).
Anchoring the Southwest Waterfront Station, 4's a swanky bistro serving up "global cuisine" from a chef late of Barcelona's molecular gastronomy standout El Bulli, and boasts a 40ft gold-painted bar, columns and walls shimmering with black river stones, pushpin leather couches, and teardrop-crystal chandeliers, meaning they've done horrible, horrible things to less murderous chandeliers.
DC9 is a club with great live music and a nice rooftop bar, but it also has fantastic food, including some of DC's best burgers.
A Charlottesville, VA transplant, Citizen Burger, is a farm-forward burger joint that only puts the best ingredients on a bun. Take The Executive for example: truffled brioche plays home to an 8oz Timbercreek patty hiding under decadent layers of foie gras bites, Nueske’s bacon, black onion, fried farm egg and garlic aioli. It’s a flavor bomb you won’t soon forget, and the branded bun will remind you where you got it.