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Mar 30, 2009 12:38 AM

Elevation Burger. let's see how this one stacks up.

The new Kid on the Block in Harbor East is about to open. It's on Aliceanna St, next to the marriott, across from the Promenade, in the same building as Whole Foods. I work in the neighborhood, and though Taco Fiesta and Whole Foods has saved my life on many occasions, sometimes you need something quick and fast, cheap and cheerful for lunch.

I'm curious to see what all of you Foodie people think-is it worth posting about? i heard it's a chain, but a reputable one, like Five Guys. Please, chow away!

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    1. re: charmedgirl

      Opening Day:I had a watery coffee shake, the burger was overwhelmed by the toppings. seemed a bit skimpy, for the price-9.00 dollars for the whole shebang(no side). the employees were kind-the credit card machine went down, it's their first day, etc. one manager type asking each guest if they enjoyed their meals. i'm still going back, as i know you have to give a place time to co-workers are ecstatic, still for anything new :)

    2. I went to the one in Falls Church, not this one, but honestly it reminds me of an overpriced McDonald's burger. The burgers are very small, they use awful, not homemade, or good buns, they cook the meat so much that anyone who says they can tell it is grass fed is full of bull, and after you buy their tiny portion of fries and a drink it isn't cheap. But I had to try it once to see what they hype is about. If you go get a milkshake it was the only decent thing I had.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        I used to work around the corner from the FC location. I agree that it's overpriced. I think I paid $13 or some such absurd amount for a burger, fries, and shake.

      2. From what I see on their website, if one opened near me, I'd be checking it out fast. Any place that claims to grind the meat on site for their burgers is worth a chow. :)

        1. It's open, saw people going in and out yesterday.

          1. I really wanted to like Elevation Burger. My first couple of visits to the original one in Falls Church were fairly impressive regarding how they dealt with the product and the customers, but after a short while, it just became another small hamburger that was kind of dry and overdone, and I never cared for their cooked-in-olive-oil fries. For little burgers that are pretty tasty, I'm sticking with Five Guys. They're not perfectly consistent like McDonald's, but when they're good they're very good, and when they're so-so, they're still better than McDonald's.

            There was also a new one going in the Lee-Harrison shopping center (Harris Teeter, Gin Na Rhee) last time I was there. Probably open by now if they didn't get hung up with permits.

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            1. re: MikeR

              Lee Harrison branch still not open as of noon today (3/30/09), although I believe they had been advertising a Monday opening. Lots of activity inside, though. Looks like it's about ready.

              1. re: MikeR

                I really wanted to like it too. But overcooking ruins the meat, as noted above. I hate the sauce. Fries are a waste of olive oil. All this for a huge price. After giving it a second chance, we never went back.

                1. re: MikeR

                  I like Five Guys, as a good chain restaurant alternative to the big guys. (McDonalds, Wendy, Burger King, etc.) However, I would never say that their burgers are outstanding. It's nice to have a hamburger like the type you'd make at home, without all of the mess. This is essentially what Five Guys is. (It's also nice to have real boardwalk-type fries.)