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Jan 19, 2010 10:23 AM

Dupont Circle Burger Wars

Soon there will be a:

Five Guys (opened a few years ago)
BGR (opened late 2009)
Rogue States (opening early 2010)
BLT Burger (opening Spring 2010)

BLT Burger is really, really good (at least the one in Las Vegas is). It is way better than BGR -- much better shakes and better burgers. BGR does have some really neat stuff on its menu (tuna, lobster) that could help it stand out. Five Guys serves its niche, and will be much cheaper than BGR or BLT. Rogue States won't last long if the burgers aren't dynamite.

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  1. BLT Burger doesn't look so promising from the website. Kind of artificially upscale/overdone for this area (despite the grating, hypocritical copy). Not to mention that the badly photographed burger & fries themselves look unappetizing.

    BGR is fantastic, in presentation and product, and the Dupont Circle one seems even better than the Bethesda branch. That or they upgraded the offerings for both with the new DC opening.

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    1. re: drsnacks

      I have no idea if the Dupont BLT will be as good as the Vegas one, but the Vegas BLT Burger is much better than BGR. I'd give a slight edge to BLT Burger's actual burgers -- they are maybe only marginally better than BGR. And BGR has the tuna burgers, lobster and better specialty items. BLT has better sides. But BLT wins the grand prize on shakes. No comparison. BLT shakes are amazing and they have great, innovative flavors. BGR shakes are terrible, worst shakes I ever had.

      1. re: masonuc

        I think BRG in Bethesda is great- Have not tried the DC one.
        I tried the Bethesda 5-Guys and was shocked by the puny size of the burger.
        In my opinion, not much of a deal at all because there is barely any meat in the bun.

        1. re: chicken kabob

          I had a Maker's Mark milkshake at the BLT Burger in Las Vegas just two nights ago. LOVED it! If they are going to put one at Dupont Circle, I hope they do this flavor!

          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            I hadn't even envisioned the shocking and terrible reality that the Dupont menu might be different than the one in Vegas. If they don't have the Toasted Marshmallow milkshake, I'm out.

          2. re: chicken kabob

            My suggestion for Five Guys is to focus on fries, and maybe get a hot dog (split and fried on the griddle) or grilled cheese if you want a sandwich. I have no idea why people rave about the burgers.

      2. Jeebus Christo look @ those prices. @ (blt)

        Don't let Ray (of Hell Burger/Steaks/Classics fame) find out about this.

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        1. re: WestIndianArchie

          The BLT prices are pretty reasonable for an upscale burger joint in NYC - the Vegas ones seem to be $2 higher across the board. I'd imagine that the DC pricing will probably be equivelent to the NYC ones.

        2. What about that other Top Chef guy, Richard Blais? Wasn't there a rumor he was planning to open a gourmet burger place in Gallery Place, a Flip Burger Boutique? That menu (for the Atlanta location) looked awesome.

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          1. re: hamster

            Hey, that would be cool. I googled and found the rumor you're refering to, so I emailed Flip Burger to see what they have to say. I'll let you know if they respond.

              1. re: hamster

                They wrote me back and said that it's true and they're looking for a location currently. They hope to be up by end of 2010.

                Very cool!

          2. Just walked by Rogue States, and it's open for business. It's on Connecticut south of Dupont. Very short menu, hopefully they execute well.

            1. BGR is good - if they sold beer it would be waaaaaay better. Can't wait for BLT to open.

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              1. re: dcgdc

                Any idea on when this will happen? It supposedly was going to be in the salad bar space (Salad O'Mia, or something?) on Connecticut, between Heritage India and Starbucks. But that spot is still vacant and I don't see any work going on.