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Jun 23, 2009 04:59 PM

Good Burgers Reston/Herndon/Sterling

Thanks to all who responded to the fried chicken thread. My husband and I were just wondering where the best burgers are in Reston/Herndon/Sterling. We've been to Fuddrucker's---they make a good burger but we gave up on the Herndon location the day we went, placed our order and discovered that the manager allowed a soccer party to take over 3/4 of the place! We don't mind seeing soccer parties in a restaurant, but that was ridiculous. When we complained to the manager that he could have at least put a sign in the door letting others know this, he just told us to sit at a reserved table! But I digress...

We've been to Five Guys and found that the one on Elden Street is consistently good. Also have been to Red Robin. However, they don't have what we're looking for---a good, thick, juicy burger cooked to your liking. Is there anything like that in the area? Thank you!

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  1. I'm guessing Mon Ami's might be good - but I haven't had it (yet, anyway). Perhaps Clyde's, too - but the Reston location seems to lack on the service side - they're just not "With it", and two weeks ago we crossed that location forever off our list (though we like the Tyson's location well enough).

    Jimmy's used to make a good one. Ever since I've had the Weck and their cheesesteak I haven't ordered a burger. I'd certainly give them a shot.

    There's a place that has a lot of burgers over at the South Lakes shopping center - on the lake. I just haven't yet made it there.

    The Glory Days at Lawyers and Reston Pkwy is decent - can't remember if they cook to order. I want to say yes, but I don't recall specifically on that point.

    Don't get the one at Jasmine at Lake Anne. While I like that place (but prefer Cafe Montmarte) the burgers are high-end pre-formed and probably frozen.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      Wow! Thanks, Dennis, great list! The last time we went to Clyde's in Reston (didn't have a burger), something I ate didn't agree with me. So we've been reluctant to go back. If we do try Clyde's for a burger, we will go to another location.

      1. re: Dennis S

        Just went to the Glory Days in south Reston. They do cook to order. This one today wasn't as good as I remember. Decent but passable. Not sure if it was an off day or I was paying closer attention.

      2. I really love Cheeburger Cheeburger, I know they have one in Sterling where the Wegmans and BMW dealership are located. They hand cut fresh their fries and onion rings and I like all the topping you can get on the burger and I like their meat more than fudruckers.

        I wonder if Counterburger is open yet? Must not be as I haven't heard anything about it, but it is going into Reston Town Center...

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          Counterburger isn't open yet. Just was at Mon Ami Gabi this past Sat. I'm wondering if it's EVER going to open. I need to check out CBCB - I know the location near Wegman's but just haven't made it yet.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            Thanks! I've wondered about Cheeburger Cheeburger. Are there any other locations in the area?

            1. re: MizYellowRose

              Ok...I just answered my own question. There is one coming soon in Gainesville.

              1. re: MizYellowRose

                There was an absolute rave in the Post on Wednesday of last week about a truck that sets up at the Reston Farmer's Market on Thursday around 3:00PM. Jane Black, the Post reporter who wrote this, noted that the owners had one of the best hamburgers she has ever had anywhere.

                That's 3:00PM Thursday that the truck opens its' doors. My expectation is that the line will be at least a half block long at 4:00PM.

                Addendum: No, Counterburger is not open yet.

            2. re: ktmoomau

              I'm sorry but the cheeburgercheeburger is "meh" for the burger. Fries and milkshakes are awesome, but the burger is just better than charburger or whatever the name of that place is, and not as good as five guys. Hard times in herndon used to have the best burgers in the area bar none, but it was inconsistent and I don't know about the other locations.

              For a made to order.. I dont know the best is stil RHB but if dogfishhead ever finishes the chantilly place that will probably be my go to burger.

            3. Sweetwater Tavern cooks theirs to order and it's a pretty good burger.

              1. Well...we gave Cheeburger Cheeburger a try today. We did like the burgers---hand formed, cooked to order, wide selection of toppings. Our only complaint about the burgers---like many hand-formed burgers, they didn't hold together very well---a small part of mine fell out of the bun and into the basket. I guess that's why they give you a knife and fork :) Otherwise, we were impressed with the onion rings---not too thick, not too thin and the batter adhered very well. The fries were tasty, too. We would go again.

                1. Cheeburger Cheeburger
                  22000 Dulles Retail Plaza Suite 186, Sterling, VA 20166

                  Probably the best burgers in the business. 50's style restaurant. When they bring you your burger, they make them look like faces.

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                  1. re: steve22032

                    Cheeburger Cheeburger are just meh to me. Far too greasy and tasteless.

                    Personally I prefer BGR in Sterling for the variety and Melt in Leesburg for fantastic quality. Beware- Melt's burger are pretty big.

                    I realize this is an old thread but I dig burgers :)

                    1. re: Hobbert

                      Lol that is too funny. Because I am the opposite. I think BGR is too plain, dry and unsatisfying.

                      1. re: steve22032

                        Different strokes! Where else do you like the burgers?

                          1. re: Hobbert

                            That was uncalled for and unhelpful. There are any number of reasons why steve22032 didn't reply to you.

                            1. re: Hobbert

                              My apologies Hobbert, don't always check emails and was up at my folks house in upstate NY. I've tried Elevation burger, (not impressed at all) Fuddruckers, even Hooters has a fairly decent burger. But probably my all time places are In&Out burger, Logan's and Outback steakhouse.

                              1. re: steve22032

                                Cool, thanks. I haven't been to a Fuddruckers since I was a kid. I might make a trip out to one one of these days.

                                1. re: Hobbert

                                  You might be hard pressed to find a Fuddrucker's that is still open. Maybe the one at Rt. 50 and 123 in Fairfax. The ones in Herndon, Annandale, and Alexandria have all closed their doors.

                                  Meanwhile, CounterBurger at RTC has been mentioned in this thread, but only in the older part, noting that it was not yet open. It is one of my favorite burgers of late, albeit a little on the pricy side. I like the fact that they sell beer as well, and have a halfway decent selection. I believe that it is also all table service if you intend to eat on site.

                                  1. re: SoxFan1

                                    The Fuddruckers in Fairfax on 123 is still open. And they now sell Bison burgers.

                                    1. re: steve22032

                                      Glory Days has Bison Burgers now too. Pretty sure there is a Bison farm right down US 15 south of Gilbert's Corner. Wonder who they supply meat to?

                                      1. re: SoxFan1

                                        Yes, Counter Burger wasn't open when I first posted to this thread, it is by far and away my favorite burger in Reston right now.

                                      2. re: Hobbert

                                        There is absolutely no reason to go to a Fuddruckers.

                                        1. re: Steve

                                          Have you been recently? I haven't been to one in 20 years and I was surprised when the one in Ashburn popped up. I didn't know they were still a thing. But yeah, my recollection is that they were on par with Cheeburger Cheeburger.

                                          1. re: Hobbert

                                            I pass by the one in Faifax all the time. I stopped in last year, and it was your basic chain burger. Thicker than a fast food burger, but not cooked with any particular skill or flavor. Just a generic, gray lump.

                                            Even though it is ultra-convenient for me, I can't imagine going back.

                                            1. re: Steve

                                              That's pretty much what I recall about it. If I want a fast, cheap burger, I'll hit Five Guys but that's a rare thing.

                                              1. re: Hobbert

                                                Five Guys made Fuddruckers obsolete.

                                                  1. re: Steve

                                                    It's been a long time since I've seen a Fudrucker's, but unless they've completely turned around, Fuds and 5Guys burgers are totally different, starting with thick vs. thin. I'll admit to liking a Five Guys burger now and then, but my go-to burger for the past few years has been Glory Days.

                                                    Their Monday $6 burger special gets me a burger that's thick enough to be cooked medium rare (they really know how to cook them medium rare there, at least at the one on Lee Highway at Nutley Street. It's always juicy and actually tastes like meat. And the Monday price gets you a lot more burger than Five Guys, and a sensibly sized order of really good fries (or decent slaw or broccoli and carrots when I feel guilty), for less than a cheesburger and fries cost at Five Guys.

                                                    I get the comparison of Five Guys with In 'n' Out, but I don't get why In 'n' Out always seems to get the praise. It's OK, no better, no worse, just a little different.

                                                    1. re: MikeR

                                                      I haven't been to Glory Days but one just opened up in Reston this week in North Point Village shopping center.


                                                      1. re: stockholm28

                                                        Go with very low expectations. They will not be exceeded.

                                                        1. re: stockholm28

                                                          If it's anything like the one in Stone Ridge (Aldie), it will be overrun with kids, so be warned about that. The food is average, won't kill you, won't blow your mind.