As if we needed another reason to eat the summer staple, National Burger Day is on May 28. In our humble opinion, that day should also mark the unofficial start of summer, since the District is flooded with some of the best burgers in the country. In true Bitches fashion, we couldn’t let the holiday pass without highlighting some of our favorite ones around the city.
Read on to see where we recommend you should venture and get your burger on.
Arlington’s newest restaurant and entertainment center hybrid Punch Bowl Social’s Knockoff Burger is their version of the famous McDonald’s Big Mac. The dish features two beef patties with American cheese, “Comeback” sauce and shredded lettuce topped with pickled onions on a toasted sesame seed bun. On the side comes a serving of rosemary fries. Indulge in a burger first and then challenge your date to a game of ping-pong. Loser has to cover dinner. 4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Located on the Wharf, 12 Stories is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots to sip a cocktail while overlooking 360-degree views of the city. The 12 Stories burger is loaded with cheddar, fried onions, and pickles sandwiched between a brioche bun. Whether you wash it down with a J Street Spritz or an IPA, you’ll be craving this meal long after taking your final bite. Read what the Bitches had to say about their brunch experience here. 75 District Square SW, Washington, D.C.
Starting Tuesday, May 28, Gaslight Tavern is offering a $10 happy-hour burgers & beer special. From 5 – 7 p.m., local draft beers will be on tap for diners to drink and you’ll have to see for yourself how delectable the burgers are. This is a weekly special that runs every Tuesday through Friday. Our personal favorite is the bacon, egg and cheeseburger, which is made with a beef patty, house made “knife & fork” bacon, cheddar, fried duck egg and pepper jelly. 2012 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Farmers and Distillers
Committed meat eaters interested in trying a vegetarian burger with a beefy flavor or vegetarians who long for that familiar hamburger taste can take solace in knowing that D.C. has embraced the impossible burger craze. Farmers and Distillers make theirs entirely from plants. Don’t leave the Chinatown-area eatery without trying one of their signature Farmers donuts. Read our brunch review here. 600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
We’ve never had a meal we didn’t like at The Hamilton and the Hamilton burger is no exception. Smoked bacon, a sunny-side up egg, Vermont cheddar and a Big Marty bun make up the timeless plate. While a brew is the undisputed beverage to pair with a cheeseburger, we recommend going rogue and ordering the passionfruit sangria instead. Read our brunch review here. 600 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The French-inspired bistro is sticking to stateside traditions with their Burger Americain. No frills, just two patties, American cheese, pickles, onion and special sauce. A side of pomme frites makes the meal complete. Read the review here. 1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Yearning to celebrate the national holiday with a nontraditional burger? Lucky Buns has you covered. Their unique toppings such as bacon XO jam, pickled beetroot and turmeric pickled daikon ensures that whatever you order will tickle your tastebuds and have you coming back for more. On a separate visit, make sure to try one of their chicken sandwiches. Check out our brunch review here. 2000 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.
The Salt Line
Ordering a burger at a seafood restaurant may sound out of the ordinary, but the Bitches would never steer you wrong. The New England smash burger is well worth forgoing lobster or scallops, especially because the side of fries are cooked to perfection. With an assortment of local beers and signature cocktails, this is the perfect spot to visit before, during and after a Nationals game. Read our brunch review here. 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, D.C.
It’s pretty bold of us to include a British-themed restaurant on a holiday celebrating an American classic, but trust us. This no frills family-friendly joint is located just across the street from the National Zoo in Woodley Park. The pub is blissfully charming and the proper burger is out of this world. Melted gouda and Thai chili sweet sauce are just a couple of the additions piled on top of the Angus beef patty. Catch up on what we had to say about brunch here. 3000 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
We couldn’t publish a burger guide without including Bar Deco, who boasts seven different kinds of burgers on their menu. Try them all, of course, but start with the Black and Bleu, which is topped with pecan bacon, buttermilk bleu cheese and blackened red onion. Our brunch review is available for your reading pleasure here. 717 6th St NW, Washington, D.C.