Fodor's Expert Review Good Stuff Eatery

$ Capitol Hill and Northeast American Fodor's Choice

Fans of Bravo's Top Chef will first visit this brightly colored burgers-and-shakes joint hoping to spy charismatic celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn, but they will return for the comfort-food favorites (and learn it's a family effort). The lines can be long, as it's a favorite lunch spot of congressional aides, but the Mendelsohns’ inventive burgers are worth the wait (there also are creative salads and Southern-fried chicken sandwiches). After placing your order cafeteria-style, grab several of the fresh dipping sauces for the tasty thyme-and-rosemary-seasoned hand-cut skinny fries or Vidalia onion petals. Just as important, leave room for a toasted marshmallow or Milky Way malted shake that's as thick as the ones you remember from childhood.

American Quick Bite $ Family Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, District of Columbia  20003, USA


Known For:
  • Fun burgers like the "Prez" (with bacon, onion marmalade, and Roquefort cheese)
  • Thick malted milkshakes
  • Variety of dipping sauces for hand-cut skinny fries

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