DC’s Burger Wars Heat Up

by Mark Wellborn

BLT Burger

Two weeks ago it was furniture, last week it was gadgets and this week our retail/restaurant segment focuses on an American institution: the hamburger.

This morning, WBJ’s Missy Frederick reported that Bobby Flay, one of the original celebrity chefs, is looking around DC for a place to open an outpost of Bobby’s Burger Palace. According to Frederick, Flay is looking at “sites in the 3,500 square foot range in the higher-end neighborhoods of DC.” Word has it that he was interested in the old McDonald’s space in Cleveland Park, but that will be occupied by the second branch of Georgetown’s Tackle Box.

If Bobby’s Burger Palace ends up opening, it will be just the latest contender in DC’s burger wars, and it probably won’t open in Dupont Circle, an area that has become saturated with grease in the past several months.

In late October 2009, BGR Joint opened on Connecticut Avenue just north of Dupont Circle and made headlines with a tattoo promotion and recently with its 14-pickle Strasburger, in honor of Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg’s penchant for strikeouts. A few months later, Rogue States joined the battle by opening up on the other side of the Circle and offering eclectic options like No Burger, No Cry (toppings include jerk spices, red onion and habañeros). And, as if two wasn’t enough for the neighborhood, BLT/GoBurger from the Bistro Laurent Tourondel franchise, is set to open up across the street from Rogue States in the old Salad O Mio location this coming fall/winter.

Needles to say, Chef Flay will likely choose another neighborhood for his burger spot.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dcs_burger_wars_heat_up/2221


  1. BiggerBurg said at 2:31 pm on Wednesday June 30, 2010:

    BLT Burger will blow the competition away, Flay or no Flay.

  1. Martin said at 2:53 pm on Wednesday June 30, 2010:

    Personally, the most delicious hamburger I have ever eaten in my life came from Belga Cafe on Barracks Row on the Hill. It’s not their specialty, but it is the best thing on their menu.

  1. wels said at 9:24 pm on Wednesday June 30, 2010:

    I cannot believe that Toyland on H St. NE is never mentioned when the topic is top-notch burgers in the District. But don’t take my word for it. Head over there and try a burger. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

  1. Tammy Britt said at 10:49 am on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    Logan Circle!!! Is this part of BLT Steak? BLT Steak is amazing!

  1. BKbroiler said at 10:58 am on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    Rogue States salt and pepper burger (i think thats what it is called) is the best in the city.

  1. DMan said at 11:18 am on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    “I cannot believe that Toyland on H St. NE is never mentioned when the topic is top-notch burgers in the District. But don’t take my word for it. Head over there and try a burger. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.”

    Shh, let the lemmings continue to pay $16 for “gourmet” burgers.

  1. Deborah said at 11:53 am on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    My favorite place for daily nourishment these days is the salad place Chop’t…any word about their expansion in the DC area???

  1. Jennifer Hebert said at 12:55 pm on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    I’ll take a Spike Mendelsohn Good Stuff Eatery burger (with Toasted Marshmallow milk shake) over any Flay burger any day grin  Throw down??

  1. SW said at 3:30 pm on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    The only category Spike’s burgers rank in are overpriced.

  1. Favorite Flava said at 7:14 pm on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    Todd C. W.
    Washington, DC

    What Time is it?
    It’s Z BURGER Time!

    Z BURGER is the place to be,

    By American University

    Z BURGER is the place to be,
    Turnin’ out tight Burgers,
    Sometimes For Freee!

    Get your Cow or Vege style
    Hot French Fries up in a pile

    So many Milkshakes up on your face,
    You be sayin’ That’s My place!

    So if you’re Hungry in DC

    Z BURGER is the place to be
    Near that AU joint
    Metro to Tenley

    There’s a New Burger King in Town!!!
    See Z BURGER Rap on YouTube:

  1. Favorite Flava said at 7:27 pm on Thursday July 1, 2010:

    Favorite Flava loves the huge variety of milkshakes, and the lovely young ladies!

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