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Apr 10, 2008 07:49 PM

z burger in tenleytown?

Seems to have popped up overnight on Wisconsin Ave. at Windom Place. Looked in today, and it seems close to opening. Have googled to no avail. Anyone know anything? I assume it's a chain; would love an alternative to 5 guys....

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  1. Don't know anything either, but the menu and prices look pretty good. To me it looked like a chain. How excellent would it be to have good burgers and shakes in the neighborhood?!

    1. I drove by the other day and you're right - it DID pop up overnight.

      there's also a sandwich place next to that is going to open up, I believe? Sandwish or something?

      1. Gosh, but if it was a chain, there would be some mention about it someone online. I think it looks cute, though when I ran by, I thought I saw a soda dispenser, which could mean it's going to be more casual than I'd have hoped - maybe more fast-foodish.

        I'm also excited about the new Asian place, which looks good, and now something is taking over the Dancing Crab that actually looks fairly upscale!

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        1. re: katecm

          katecm - I pressed my nose against the glass and it looks more Five Guys than sit down diner. So, most likely fast food (but in a good way, I hope).

          1. re: katecm

            Yeah I don't think it's a chain just because I can't find anything about it on the internet. I went there today (it was their opening day) and I was actually impressed. Their burgers were cali-style, much like 5 Guys. I thought they were just as good as 5 Guys, if not better, and everything was cheaper. The fries could have been crispier but they had a nice flavor and were made fresh there, as were the burgers. My milkshake could have been thicker I thought but it was good, and they have about a million milkshake choices! Overall, really fun experience.

            1. re: juliehf

              Do they have a sensible one-person sized order of fries? The small order of fries at 5 Guys can easily feed two and I always eat too many and still leave about 1/3 of the order there. I e-mailed them and asked for a "mini" size but they said they like to give the customer more than he expects.

              No wonder we're so fat. <g>

            2. re: katecm

              The Dancing Crab closed? Not that I get over to that area too often but that always seemed like a good space with the outdoor seating (am I thinking of the right crab restaurant?). Any word of what's going in there?

              1. re: Elyssa

                Dancing Crab moved to another space on that block... I think it is still open so this must be in a place in the old DC space.

            3. so here's the deal on Z Burger/ Sandwish.... We had the good fortune of meeting the owner a few weeks ago, and he told us that Z Burger is a "better 5 Guys" and that Sandwish will offer "salads with 4 kinds of lettuce, and 30 different toppings." He said that the he thinks the neighborhood does not have a good place to get a burger or a sandwich... so as the sign says "your wish is our command!"

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              1. re: ashley3

                RE the upscale place near the Dancing Crab. It's owned by the EYEBAR guys and the chef (Stefanelli) worked at Maestro. Here's a write-up:

                They said at an ANC meeting a few months back that the concept was a place you (aka an affluent grownup) could go for dinner with friends and then hang out over coffee/drinks/desserts until the wee hours (3 am, I think). Food sounded like a tapas format with a pan-European palate.

                Some opposition from neighbors, prompted by the very late closing time, the use of the word "lounge" and lack of a clear answer about whether there would be live music. Visions of Round Table (drunken college students "fornicating" in neighbors' yards -- "I have a video for anyone who doesn't believe me!") danced in their heads. But one of the owners assured us his drinks would be way too expensive and insufficiently alcoholic to induce such revelry. Not sure whether that's a selling point for patrons.... At any rate, the ANC entered a pro forma objection to the liquor license in order to put themselves in a position to negotiate a voluntary agreement re hours, parking, and noise. Their goal is to make this work/minimize conflict rather than prevent it from happening.

                I'll be curious to see how it works out. My sense is that, given location, demographics will skew more to college students than local homeowners, at least if the emphasis is on late-night.

                1. re: smithhemb

                  Any new z burger reviews. I haven't been yet.

                  1. re: beauxgoris

                    I went during the lunch rush a few days back and it was a bit of a mess - I don't think they were quite prepared for the onslaught. Tried it again late night tonight (just before close) and it was a little smoother. It looks like they are planning to do more than they do right now, but right now they only have one side of the restaurant open - the burger side. There is also a sandwich/salad side which is not yet open for business.

                    As far as the food goes on the burger side, the options are burgers, hot dogs, and steak and cheese subs. The burger and hot dog options are pretty much clones of Five Guys: single or double burger, with or without cheese and bacon, priced to match. Obviously, the presence of a steak and cheese is expands the menu a bit. They also claim to have onion rings and fries, but they did not have onion rings either of the two times I have popped in. They do, however, have 50 different flavors of milkshakes.

                    As for taste: the burger was tasty. I tried a double bacon cheeseburger the first time and a single the second. It is _very_ similar to Five Guys, but with a puffier, slightly wider bun and a little more meat. The meat was seasoned a little less than the meat at Five Guys, and I think I like Five Guys' burger better (it's more peppery), but this was definitely a respectable burger. They also have a mound of fixings, including all the Five Guys standards, plus a few that cost extra (like guacamole). The french fries were a little greasy and oversalted, but they definitely came from potatoes sliced on site. Again, I like Five Guys better, a bit more noticeably this time. The onion rings were, as mentioned, nonexistent. The shake was tasty (I had a coffee shake), but not as good as a coffee shake from, say, Baskin-Robbins or Haagen Daaz.

                    Overall: very similar to Five Guys, which is not such a bad thing since I like Five Guys and Z Burger is pretty close to where I live... but they have some real kinks to work out as far as dealing with crowds, and they have not yet opened up the sandwich and salad counter. If you are going to go now, I'd recommend avoiding lunch because they really were having a rough go of it and there seemed to be a lot of people waiting a long while for their burgers.

                    If anyone has tried the steak and cheese I'd love to hear how it is.

                    1. re: Ootek1

                      We went tonight and I thought it was pretty good. I got the single burger with all the regular fixings (sauteed onion, mushroom, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato) the only one I wouldn't get next time is the mushroom. It was from a can and tasted "tinny". The burger was fairly large (for a single) and tasted pretty good/homemade. The fries reminded me of thrashers - the kind that's good to put vinegar on. We got the spiced fries that had an old bay'ish kind of flavor. Sadly they were out of the onion rings so maybe next time we'll try those. I was surprised at the price. Not that much more than McDonalds or a similar chain - but more "homemade" which I like (I rarely do fast food chains). If i'm craving a burger and didn't want to make one at home I'd go again. But it's summer and my grill is calling so we'll see. Next time I want to get a peach shake too!

                      1. re: beauxgoris

                        p.s. So is the D.C's version of the famous In 'n Out burger in CA? Just wondering.... same burger options, fries, shakes, etc.

                        1. re: beauxgoris

                          No i dont think so. In n' Out is much better. The food is quick, easy, tastes really good, and they get your orders right. The fries are normal and taste much better than your average fast food place. The shakes are much thicker and have a great taste. In n' Out also has a hidden menu, with lots of other random stuff. Overall zburger's quality and style don't match up with In n' Out

                    2. re: beauxgoris

                      Based on one visit, I'm liking this place. I didn't have a burger but the grilled cheese was good. I had the regular unseasoned fries and they were *really* good. Hot and crispy, and a generous portion for $1.99. Both were better than the 5 Guys franchise near my office (H Street).

                      The black and white milkshake was good too, although I don't know what one can do to ruin a milkshake.

                      The staff is friendly, but the food comes out slowly (even when they're not that crowded), so be prepared to wait a bit. The music is kind of loud for my taste, too. (But then, I was probably 20 years older than most of the people there.) Overall it's a good addition to the neighborhood.

                2. I went to Z Burger over the weekend and agree with what everyone else has posted. The burgers tasted more or less just like 5 Guys and were good. The fries were pretty good too and similar to fries at 5 Guys but were too soggy for my taste. It more or less seems to be a copy of 5 Guys, but I think I prefer 5 Guys overall. Not to mention the restaurant was almost empty and we were still waiting a long time to get our food.

                  The Sandwish side wasn't open yet, but looks pretty good. Looking at the menu it seems to be a copy of Potbelly, all of the sandwiches are the exact same (Sandwish has a one called "The Masterpiece" which has salami, roast beef, turkey, and ham, eerily similar to "The Wreck" with the same ingredients...) I like Potbelly though so I will definitely try the Sandwish side once it's open.