One of the treats of coming to this side of the pond is the occassional first-class burger. Nope, they don’t have them in Vienna…I mean, there are places that will try to sell you one, but I don’t even think they bother making any claims about their quality – Austrians are honest that way. It goes without saying that one does not order burgers in Vienna.
But here, a good burger is pretty easy to come by. We have our favorites out and around town: Peacock Cafe for Georgetown, Clyde’s for Chinatown, Good Stuff for Capital Hill, 51st State for Foggy Bottom and Five Guys for hangovers. And for a day at the office, there’s Ray’s Hellburgers, corroborated even by the President himself. Is there hype around it? Sure. Does it look like a two-bit flop house on the interior? Sure. Does it probably have a billion calories? Sure. But who cares? It’s a great burger. And greater still since it’s such a rare treat. I like mine with white cheddar, cognac mushrooms, grilled onions and tomato.
Even nicer still is when your co-workers organize a burger lunch and are willing to go out to get them for you so that you don’t have to brave the 100 degree heat (heat that makes you realize why DC was still considered a “tropical hardship” post for the British up until the 1980’s before the widespread advent of air-conditioning). Now that’s a fine way to have a burger – thanks team!