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Best Burger and a Beer in DC?

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I'm looking for the best burger in DC being served alongside a good beer. Outstanding fries wouldn't hurt either. Thanks for your recommendations.

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  1. Granville Moore's on H Street, NE has all three. Darn fine burger, terrific selection of Belgian beers and outstanding hand-cut, double-cooked crispy fries served with a selection of house-made sauces. Whether it's the "best" burger in town will always be subject to debate but it's hard to find all three of your wishes under one roof.
    Granville's is a little hard to find because the last time we were there, the permanent sign wasn't up yet. North side of the street, in a Victorian townhouse, easy to miss, worth the effort to locate. The mussels and other menu items were great too.

    granville moore's
    1238 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

    1. Easy- The Reef. Pure bison burger with whatever you want and 14 taps, basically all incredible beers.

      1. Michel Richard's Central.

        Central Michel Richard
        1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

        1. Sign of the Whale, cooked to order, with Stoneys a close runner up.

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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            Just did this elsewhere but monkey is correct. Islander burger with a Yuengling at Sign when Peter is manning the bar cannot be beat.

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              Any feedback on the Sign of the Whale in Falls Church (Loehman's Plaza)? Everyone talks about the DC location but rarely the VA one. I assume it's the same place.

              When I'm there and hungry, the autopilot usually steers me to Old Hickory or the Indian hole-in-the-wall place. I'm not much for places that are primarily known as bars, so in the many years Sign of the Whale has been at Loehman's Plaze, I've never gone in.

            2. Some will scoff, but I would put Old Ebbitt Grill in the running.

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              1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

                OEG does a few things very well- generally the more simple the better- burgers, oysters, bourbon on ice, etc.

              2. Completely loaded question which is entirely dependent on what you like and are looking for. 30 Chowhounders may give you 30 different answers. I go for burgers and beers after work a lot. Usually, I just want to be totally comfortable and watch a game or catch up with a friend. You may want the classiest burger ever prepared. You may want the diveyest bar in the city. You may think belgian beers are the greatest or prefer American craft beers or you may like Busch Light. The burgers and fries are certainly amazing at Central and Capitol Grill, but I am not excited to go sit and have a burger and beer on a Monday night. So to me there is no best, just places I go more than others.

                The spots I tend to gravitate to for burger/beers:

                Stoney's: chill atmosphere, delicious beers on tap (they had Bear Republic Racer X last time I was there!), solid burger fries okay.

                Axis Bar & Grill: many good beers on tap, friendly bartenders who will put on whatever game/show you want, 2 blocks from my house. Crispy fries, but frozen

                Downtown Chef Geoff's (happy hour only in bar area only): excellent burger, super mugs of Dogfish Head 60 min IPA, sometimes too crowded to enjoy. Great matchstick style fries.

                Matchbox/Rocket Bar: excellent burgers and mini-burgers (the crack onion strings are better than their fries IMO). Mathcbox has good beer on tap too BUT it is usually too crowded to sit and enjoy at the bar. On occasion I will get mini-burgers to go and walk a block down to Rocket Bar -- where they do not serve food and allow you to bring food in -- and sit and have one of their many taps.

                Another ambitious option is to bring in Five Guys to Rocket Bar.

                I definitely gotta try this Granville Moore's place, but it is not within walking distance of work or home so it's a pain in the ass to get there.