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Great Burger on a Sunday night.

That's it. I'm looking for a great burger on a Sunday night. Please don't mention Elevation or Five Guys.

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  1. I'll tell you where my current favorite burgers are at- Bourbon in Adams Morgan for the ostrich burger prepared rare (that's the secret- don't get it any warmer than rare), and The Reef in Adams Morgan for a medium rare burger with blue cheese and bacon on it.

    1. Palena bar. not sure if they're open sunday, though.

      1. Maybe a little precious, bit I LOVE the platter of miniburgers at Matchbox.

        1. IIRC, Sunday night is burger night at Colorado Kitchen.

          1. So, where'd you go for your burber?

            1. Is Palena open on Sundays? If so I highly suggest their burger. It's incredible.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                Palena is closed on Sundays. Get ye to Colorado Kitchen, the obvious choice.

              2. Mark & Orlando's has a great burger. I also really like the burger, and the turkey burger at Clyde's.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    Am I crazy or does anyone else think it is strange that Houston's cheeseburger comes with pickles, onions, mustard, mayo and lettuce & tomatoes? Our hostess neglected to tell us, went off her shift, and we were left with a burger that had all this "crap." Houston's was gracious and didn't charge us but I was very surprised.

                    1. re: jeb

                      I can't believe you don't like 5 Guys! There great once a month or so... Every once in a while a chilicheesburger from Hard Rock Cafe is good too, but also the mini burgers at Tallula are good too.

                      1. re: CerealKiller

                        5 guys was good a few years ago before the massive expansion. Now it's just chewey meat, grease, and bad fries.

                        1. re: jpschust

                          You got grease with your burger? Lucky. My last few 5 Guys burgers were dryer than Oscar Wilde.

                          Some franchises seem to get the fries down (like the one in Old Town) but yeah, most are pretty soggy.

                        2. re: CerealKiller

                          I like Five Guys basically.....I also think it depends on which location you go to. Some are better than others.

                        3. re: jeb

                          I think you might be crazy- that "crap" is a delicious compliment to the burger!! I eat at Houston's frequently and in many locations and have never been told about all the toppings.

                          1. re: jeb

                            Not surprising at all. My wife regularly has to tell staff when she orders a burger to hold the mayo. Seems like most places slosh that stuff on with a trowel. It's like ordering fries at carryout places downtown; they always ask, "salt, pepper, ketchup?" I gotta say "no, no, and no."

                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                              To most restaurants, "lettuce and tomato" means "lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise." I don't like any more than just a thin wipe of mayo if at all. I prefer mustard and no tomato since few places where I can afford to eat would waste a rare good tomato on a burger. So when I order a burger, I always ask for it dressed the way I like it and that almost always works (though I've never tried Houston's for a burger).

                              Like the burgers or not (I do), a topping request at 5 Guys always works. I like them with mushrooms, grilled onions, and green peppers. The burger makes a good topping for that. ;)

                        4. I don't know if you are anywhere near Annapolis, but there is a little place in the Riva Road shopping center called Cheeburger Cheeburger (I think there is one in Rockville but never been) which is truly great. You can get any topping, select the right size burger for your appetite and they have fresh cut french fries and homemade onion rings that are excellent and milkshakes. Really it is so good. I used to live in Annapolis and whenever I go back I have to go.

                          Also the sliders (mini burgers) at Charlie Palmer's at the bar are very good.

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                            1. re: pineapplebeetburger

                              St-Ex makes a pretty decent burger, but if I'm not living in Logan and can go a little ways from there I'd rather have the ostrich burger at Bourbon on Sunday when no one is in the bar :)

                            2. re: ktmoomau

                              I *hate* Cheeburger. The burgers are dry, the onion rings have this weird chemical taste, and the service at the two I've been to has been completely inept. The place is a running joke to my girlfriend and i. I also find it really offensive that they have this wall where if you eat a 1 lb. burger they take a polaroid and put your picture up. Ok, so I guess that's fine, but then there's a jr. wall where if you're under 12 and can eat a 1/2 lb. burger they put you up. Yeah, let's reward kids for overeating.

                              If you're looking at Elevation it probably means VA area, which is too bad, because there's a bar in South Baltimore that makes a fantastic burger. The Fort Charles Pub cooks to order, meaning medium rare is actually nice and pink inside, they have a real meat flavor, and they're huge. God I love those things.

                              1. re: ktmoomau

                                You're right about Cheeburger Cheeburger. I was pleasantly surprised by the product....and the staff was super, too.

                                Cheeburger Cheeburger - 2329 Forest Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, (410) 224-7297, cheeburger.com

                              2. Lately, I've been happy with the burger at Cafe Deluxe (either on Wisconsin Avenue, in Bethesda, or at Tyson's with Crate and Barrel).

                                Also good: Whitlow's in Clarendon.

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                                1. re: mnadel

                                  Whitlow's is terrible- if you want a burger and are right there just walk across the street to Boulevard Woodgrill. Then you don't have to deal with the Whitlow's crowd. The only worse bar crowd than that in Dc might be at Bailey's.

                                  1. re: jpschust

                                    Boulevard Woodgrill's owners are part owner of Overwood in Old Town. I hope their burger is of similar quality; a previous poster said it was. I'll have to give it a try today. They're in the building that used to house ECCO.



                                2. It's Sunday night so we went to Colorado Kitchen, previously mentioned here & recipient of other positive burger reviews. Burger was very good . . . you ask for medium, they give you medium. (Not always a given for some kitchens, in my experience.) Sauteed onions & cheese extra 50 cents each. Overall, it's most everything you'd hope for in a burger. Onion rings on the side were a revelation. Thin sliced, batter dipped, very light.

                                  1. I know this is slightly off topic but I thought I would share a little-publicized secret of the Arlington area. Clarendon Grill offers half price burgers all night on Wednesdays. I realize that they are thought of as a bar more than a restaurant but their burgers are actually really delicious and for under $5 you get a half pound burger cooked to order. They offer several options (i.e. blue cheese and carmelized onions or the gouda bacon and bbq version) and all fall under the same deal.

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                                    1. re: JAC13

                                      The only problem is you have to go to Clarendon Grill. I think Tuesdays is half priced burger night right next door at 11th street which has better beer, better liquor, patio seating and a much better chef.