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Nov 19, 2006 03:01 AM

Elevation Burger

Anyone been there, done that? I was watching a food special on TV covering DC area feeding stops, and this burger joint in Falls Church supposedly offers Virginia Kobe Beef Burgers and french fries fried in olive oil.

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  1. Much, though most was a year or two ago. Generally not good for the hype and price. Avoid the special sauce.

    1. The least tasty burger I can think of.

      1. Yawn!

        Dry burgers, fries that are skinny and get cold too quickly. It might be good for you, but it's not a particularly tasty meal. Better to have a 5 Guys (or fancy-schmancy $15 steakhouse burger) once a month and enjoy it than feel like you can have a healthy burger and stay healthy. ;)

        I've had sticker shock at Elevation. Just a cheesburger and fries (no drink) is six bucks and small change. Add a soda and it's close to eight bucks, and make it a shake (which are actually pretty good) and your burger, fries, and shake is pretty near ten bucks.

        If Elevation isn't too far out of your way, however, give it a try. You might like the idea and find it tasty enough to enjoy.

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          1. re: MikeR

            Wrong, so very very wrong. It's the best burger in town. Better than 5 Guys? Are you kidding? 5 Guys is greasy and the meat has half the flavor of Elevation's. The fries get cold too quickly? Sounds like you eat too slowly.

            1. re: biscuit

              I don't know what it is that you're tasting that's so good, but to me if a burger doesn't have some fat, it doesn't have any taste.

              As for the fries, well maybe I do eat slowly, but they do have a greater surface area to weight ratio than ones that aren't so skinny, so they DO lose heat faster. At 5 Guys, a small order is about twice the amount that I can eat, and the greater volume of hot potato in the bag helps to keep the ones I do eat warm. Sorry for the science lesson, but that's the way it works.

              No point in arguing about this though. I don't mind Elevation Burger, I just don't enjoy it as much as 5 Guys. Seeing as how I go to one or the other maybe once every month or six weeks (and I eat lunch out just about every weekday) I might as well eat at the one I prefer. If I went for a burger three times a week, I'd probably learn to get used to what Elevation serves because it might help me live longer while eating basically unhealthful food.

              1. re: MikeR

                It's all about personal preference, really, but I've never found the meat at Elevation to be dry. It was plenty moist enough and the sauce was just fine. I've had my share of burgers, coming from Southern California, and this one tends to taste the best to me.

                Flavor should account for something. Are you really savoring it? It tastes as close to a good steak as I've yet tried in a burger. Fat alone doesn't do it and it seems to me that Five Guys has it in abundance. Fat, that is.

                I will say that I do enjoy Five Guys as well, but think it is inferior and suffers from franchise inconsistency. I'm sure I'll be frequenting the new location in Fairfax soon since Elevation is a bit of a haul. Hell, it beats the major chains hands down, so I'll take what I can get.

                1. re: biscuit

                  Almost all (if not all) of the new 5 guys are franchises. For the most part they live up to the o.g., but not always, and of course not at first. It's been awhile for me since I've been to any of the originals, but the one in south Reston has been solid for some time now. I'm guessing the same owners are doing the new Ffx location, which would seem to bode well.

                  Since the ffx corner location is close enough to you, when you've got some extra time, shoot up to Jimmy's in Herndon for one.

          2. I've been there twice in the last month. The first time I really enjoyed the burger. The second time I thought it was dry and tasted funny.

            On the other hand, I think the fries are delicious -- better than Five Guys.

            Also, the shakes are outstanding.

            1. As much as I wanted to love this place, I wasn't impressed. The burgers were small and not overly flavorful. The fries were good. The wait for the food seemed much longer than necessary--it almost seems like each order is cooked before another is even started. I'll go back and try again when I'm in the area, but (in my opinion) this place doesn't have anything on Five Guys.