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Good Burger by the DC Zoo

wcgirl Mar 25, 2011 10:14 AM

Where could I find an amazing hamburger near DuPont Circle??

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  1. woodleyparkhound RE: wcgirl Mar 25, 2011 10:29 AM

    Near the zoo or near Dupont Circle? I'll go with the latter and recommend BGR. I think it falls somewhat sort of "amazing" but I think it's very good and the best in that area. The last time I had a shake there it was very disappointing. Kind of icy, like the ice cream had been stored at the wrong temperature or something.

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      Elyssa RE: wcgirl Mar 25, 2011 10:51 AM

      Are you aware the zoo isn't in Dupont Circle?

      The best burger in DC (in my humble opinion) is at Palena...not far from the zoo. You can now dine in their new cafe and get the amazing burger.

      For a more casual experience in Dupont Circle I like BGR.

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        Just Visiting RE: Elyssa Mar 26, 2011 07:04 AM

        If you really mean "near the zoo" then of course Palena.

        Dupont Circle - BGR is OK, not great.

        Considering that the walk from the zoo to Palena is not bad, or you could take a taxi for a couple of bucks, or even walk down the hill on Connecticut to Woodley Park Metro and then up one stop to Cleveland Park (if walking uphill is a problem for you)...

        or if you really did mean DuPont Circle, then two metro stops...

        You could do Palena easily from either starting point.

        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        1. re: Just Visiting
          woodleyparkhound RE: Just Visiting Mar 26, 2011 08:55 AM

          If you go to Palena, be sure and check their website for their hours. I've shown up there a couple of times and found them closed.

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          1. re: woodleyparkhound
            AmyMarie1 RE: woodleyparkhound Mar 26, 2011 11:35 AM

            Agree - Palena, and agree about the hours. I think they are dinner-only.

            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

            1. re: AmyMarie1
              Elyssa RE: AmyMarie1 Mar 27, 2011 08:20 PM

              They are not dinner only anymore. With their new cafe they are now open for lunch....and the burger is available for lunch as well :)

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                DanielK RE: Elyssa Mar 27, 2011 08:25 PM

                But let's also clarify about checking the website - Palena is infamous for not updating their website. So I would *call* to check hours.

                3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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