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Jul 7, 2009 09:49 AM

Burgers in AdMo

I've been living in Adams Morgan for almost five years, and I just can't seem to find a decent burger joint. I have found Bourbon's burgers to be ok, but am looking for more. Anyone suggest good burgers in AdMo or even Mt. Pleasant? I'm also particularly interested in good burgers that are a good deal, too!

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  1. Metro to NoVa. Ray's Hellburger. done.

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    1. re: iatethesandbox

      A little closer to Adams Morgan than NoVA: Sign of the Whale. Half-price on Mondays.

    2. Annies Paramount Steakhouse mekes a great simple burger with good fries. I do not recomment anyting else, espeicially the martinis.

      Plus the atmosphere is so cheesy!

      1. Have you tried Black Squirrel yet? All I can say is 3% duck fat in each patty. Oh yes.

        The Black Squirrel
        2427 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        1. re: botnot

          black squirrel is the winner with their mix of beef, veal, and duck. also delicious bacon and homemade mayo. wash it down with a hoffbrau!

          1. re: kneelconqueso

            They put duck meat in their burger? Wow...never heard of that before.

            1. re: Elyssa

              sounds like something you'd like!

              1. re: Jeserf

                I know! Minus the veal (which I haven't really eaten since I was a kid and saw a cruel 60 Minutes episode on how the keep veal), which I rarely order, sounds delicious. But I will forgo my anti-veal stance in order to try this..mostly because of the duck. :)

        2. Toledo Lounge has a good burger for half-price on Tuesdays. Cheap drafts too.

          Tastiest burger in DC: Station Grill in Union Station.

          1. I use to get mini burgers at The Diner when I loved in AM and they were pretty good. The burgers at the Diner are fine if you are in the mood for a burger.

            But now that I think about it, you are right. Adams Morgan is seriously lacking in good burgers. Seems like the perfect place to open up a Five Guys or a Good Stuff Eatery.

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            1. re: Elyssa

              So where are you loving these days? ;) Maybe a topic for another board!

              1. re: deangold

                I go to the Five Guys in Dupont probably more times than I should (maybe once every 2 months). And the Palena burger (not far from AM btw) is pretty much my very favorite in the city.

                I also work near Macthbox and the Ugly Mug so I get their mini-burgers for lunch sometimes.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  i love the sliders at ugly mug. i'm a sucker for anything that's greasy and bad for you, and they've got those stuffed jalapeƱos where the juice runs down your fingers and chins....oh lordy. and they have shiner on draft :) if i lived/worked in capitol hill i would also live and work at the mug! haha.

                    1. re: Elyssa

                      you're telling me, girl. i was there a few weekends back and I had to ask for my check so many times I started to feel like the waitress was trying to hold me hostage.

                      1. re: littlew1ng

                        Since Matchbox opened on 8th Street, there's really no reason to go to Ugly Mug anymore.

                        Also, a couple doors down, Cava Mezze serves some tasty Lamb Sliders (Chopped Grilled Leg of Lamb/JalapeƱos/Feta/Arugula/Greek Yogurt) if you're looking for something different in the burger department.

                2. re: deangold

                  Just picked up on what I wrote. Hahaha I'm living and loving in Dupont Circle these days. Oops! Guess I need to get better at reading over my posts.

                3. re: Elyssa

                  aren't they opening a Good Stuff in Adams Morgan? I'd walk up the hill on 18th St for the mushroom burger...

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    I heard it was going to be in Dupont.

                  2. re: Elyssa

                    You'd like to see a Five Guys in Adams Morgan? Really?! There's already a McDonald's there. Seems like that should satisfy the need for tasteless, thin, dry, lame burgers.

                    The Black Squirrel does make an excellent burger. And their onion rings are some of the best I've had. Salty, a bit spicy, thick cut, battered and fried in a fritto misto style. Very nicely done.

                    Agreed that Sign of the Whale is another nice option. If The Reef can keep the temp on their buffalo burger cool enough, that's another nice local option.

                    Good Stuff and Five Guys can't stand up to thick pressed patties that can handle a med-rare temperature. That's what a burger should be.

                    1. re: jfw

                      I personally think there is a world of a difference between Five Guys and McDonalds. I also don't think the only good burgers have to have large full-bodied patties. I've had some damn good burgers over the years with flatter patties.

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        I don't see the difference between the two. I think they're both terrible.

                        And I do think the only good burgers are the full-bodied type.

                        No biggie. I guess we just have different palettes and tastes. Makes the world go 'round.

                        1. re: jfw

                          Concerning Five Guys, it depends entirely on the store. The Navy Yard store is crowded but the burgers are good; the Howard U Store's burgers are completely flavorless. 5G's quality control is a mess.