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Apr 15, 2010 06:22 PM

your favorite burgers and beef ribs in washington, DC area ...including Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Tysons Corner, etc

I'm going for a weekend burger & beef rib run down to D.C. !
Planning to go to RAYS HELL BURGER (of course!), and BIG BUNS in Arlington,
plus the Matchbox for mini's..

What else is going on with burgers (Charbroiled is my fav. ), and BEEF ribs?!
Tnx in advance!!!

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  1. Burgers:

    You've already got Rays Hell Burger on your list, which is the best IMO.

    I would also put BGR on your list - it's better than Big Buns IMO. There are locations in Alexandria and Bethesda. A new location is opening soon in Arlington (Lyon Village).

    For a high end burger, go to Central in downtown DC.

    Beef ribs? I haven't found any in the area worth mentioning.

    4 Replies
    1. re: jaydreb

      JAYDREB: I noticed there was also a BGR inside the Mirage Casino, Las Vegas, when I was there a few months ago...(where the Siegfield and Roy tiger exhibit used to be!)
      (the BGR was packed!)

      I will definitely put BGR on my "to do" list; just a matter of what city I'll end up trying it at...
      When you mentioned BGR, I also thought of ELEVATION burger, which I know is big in the DC area... .......I had the pleasure of trying Elevation in the Philly area, and enjoyed it very much ...(did'nt care for their olive oil fries, though)

      1. re: ellen4441

        The place you saw in the Mirage would have been something different. BGR Burger Joint is only local and has various locations in the area. Here's their website:

        The Burger Joint
        106 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

        1. re: cheesepowder

          Appreciate the corrected info, CHEESEPOWDER !!
          I just did some googling, as realize that I got BGR mixed up with the "BLT burger" in the Mirage Casino ..(& in NYC & Hong Kong)

          So, NOW, I've got TWO more burger joints to try, BGR, and BLT, as they both sound good...
          tnx, again...

          1. re: ellen4441

            The first BGR was in Vegas- the owner lives here and opened a few more BGRs in the DC area over the past couple years.

    2. I'll second Matchbox on 8th Street. The burgers and fries at Rustico are pretty decent, and they have a huge selection of domestic and imported beers to wash it down.

      DC has never been a barbecue beef rib town. Your best bet is probably someplace in Koreatown for bulgalbi, but nothing comes to mind as outstanding.

      827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

      1. Hi Ellen. Are you looking for grilled ribs? If you like traditional slow cooked beef short ribs, my favorite place is Florida Avenue Grill. Fork tender short ribs with an onion brown gravy. Yum. The place is divey diner style with comfort/soul food.

        Florida Avenue Grill
        1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

        1. I had some good braised short ribs last week at Chef Geoff's in Tyson's corner. It is a weird place, corporate and definitely for the expense account crowd, but I liked my short ribs. Then again braised short ribs are cheap and easy to make at home and are always better than paying for them.

          Chef Geoff's
          3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

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          1. re: sekelmaan

            Chef Geoff's expense account crowd? It is a mediocre, medium priced place (at least downtown). Nothing to write home about, but hardly among the most expensive places around...

            Chef Geoff's
            3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

            1. re: ClevelandDave

              I almost made it to the Tysons Corner area location for a burger...
              Wonder what I would think of that Chef Geoff's burger: MEDIOCRE , or a WINNER???
              (well, maybe next DC visit!)

              Chef Geoff's
              3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

              1. re: ellen4441

                IMHO, you've got better ways to spend your time than at Chef Geoffs both generally for their food and specifically for the hamburger, Ellen.

                Chef Geoff's
                3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

                1. re: ClevelandDave

                  Re: Chef Geoff's : appreciate your honest opinion, Cleveland Dave. !!
                  Do you find the burger preparation too plain? Flat top grill?
                  (Nice charbroiled or seared/griddled is my favorite, by far..)

                  How is the burger quality?

                  Chef Geoff's
                  3201 New Mexico Avenue, Washington, DC 20016

                  1. re: ellen4441

                    Juicy but flavorless, bun is nothing special, I think the fries are frozen. Char I don't know from- like mine medium rare. I mean it isn't a bad burger, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it.

          2. DCDeb and Sekelmann: I tend to like the charbroiled style, more so than the braised style ribs...
            (but those slow cooked fork tender braised ones can hit the spot!)

            MONKEYROTICA and JAYDREB: Had a feeling DC was not really a beef rib town..
            not that much was coming up on my google searching!
            (seems like theres more beef ribs in Baltimore to try, like the Big Bad Wolf BBQ....
            next visit !)

            I DO love those Galbi Beef Ribs....when I lived in L.A., I used to go to some good Korean restaurants.... delish sizzling ribs on the $7.95 lunch special in Gardena ....

            I've actually put SLADE'S American Grill on my "return list", cuz I remember having a delish mesquite broiled burger there in the Tysons Corner Mall, (5 years or so ago) and I wanna see if lightning can strike twice...

            Tnx, everyone for the useful replies thus far !!!

            4 Replies
            1. re: ellen4441

              We do have great Korean in the area if you want us to point out a bbq joint or two.

              1. re: ellen4441

                Slades is long gone. You might want to check out former top chef competitor Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff eatery on Capitol Hill for burgers.

                1. re: nickdanger

                  Slade's @ tysons mall is now Nortons. Same menu, same staff, same manager, new owners, very reasonable prices. Their burgers are still very good. I stop by for lunch whenever I'm in the mall.

                  1. re: wristband

                    Hi wristband!
                    I found out Slade's had closed when I was googling on the internet during my
                    megabus ride down to DC ! (looks like it's only been a year or 2 since they closed?!)

                    But, glad to see such a similar looking joint, Norton's, in it's place at
                    Tysons Corner Mall...
                    and thanks for confirming that the burgers are still real good there, WRISTBAND!
                    (I already had stopped at 3 burger joints by 6 pm Sunday, (I was stuffed!), so I
                    will put NORTON'S on my to-do list...