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Burgers in AdMo

mixedeyes Jul 7, 2009 09:49 AM

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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    Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 12:02 PM

    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
      deangold Jul 8, 2009 12:20 PM

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

      1. re: deangold
        Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 12:55 PM

        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
          littlew1ng Jul 8, 2009 01:14 PM

          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 jalapeños 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: littlew1ng
            Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 02:22 PM

            Too bad that the service sucks!

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              littlew1ng Jul 8, 2009 02:33 PM

              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
                monkeyrotica Jul 9, 2009 03:54 AM

                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/Jalapeños/Feta/Arugula/Greek Yogurt) if you're looking for something different in the burger department.

        2. re: deangold
          Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 12:56 PM

          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.

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          Jeserf Jul 8, 2009 01:26 PM

          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
            Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 02:22 PM

            I heard it was going to be in Dupont.

          2. re: Elyssa
            jfw Jul 8, 2009 01:52 PM

            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.

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              Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 02:23 PM

              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
                jfw Jul 8, 2009 07:00 PM

                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
                  monkeyrotica Jul 9, 2009 03:57 AM

                  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.

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            buzzy715 Jul 7, 2009 05:08 PM

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

            Tastiest burger in DC: Station Grill in Union Station.

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              botnot Jul 7, 2009 04:31 PM

              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
                kneelconqueso Jul 8, 2009 11:29 AM

                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
                  Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 12:01 PM

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

                  1. re: Elyssa
                    Jeserf Jul 8, 2009 01:25 PM

                    sounds like something you'd like!

                    1. re: Jeserf
                      Elyssa Jul 8, 2009 02:22 PM

                      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. :)

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                deangold Jul 7, 2009 12:51 PM

                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!

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                  iatethesandbox Jul 7, 2009 10:41 AM

                  Metro to NoVa. Ray's Hellburger. done.

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                  1. re: iatethesandbox
                    monkeyrotica Jul 7, 2009 11:32 AM

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

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