Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Washington DC: Bobby's Burger Palace

I was recently invited to a tweet & eat at Bobby's Burger Palace. Yes that's Bobby, as in Bobby 'freakin' Flay. Anyone seen Beat Bobby Flay? I love that show. 

Anyways, BBP is really awesome, and they hire students as interns from the near by university, GW, to be a campus ambassador - using social media/etc. to promote BBP. Can I go back to school and get this job please?  
Almost immediately after joining the table, the BBP red and BBP white were brought out. They were both decent wines that I would drink - they also have beer and a frozen cactus pair margarita available. 
Then a selection of regular fries, sweet potato fries and onion rings were brought out. The normal fries and onion rings were everything they should be - the sweet potato fries were crispy but I don't do sweet potatoes. 
Before you continue to scroll down and read, I must warn you the photos you see below may cause hunger and the need to get a burger. You've been warned. 

The first burger that popped out at me was the LA Burger avocado relish | watercress | cheddar cheese | tomato. Give me anything with avocado and I will pretty much be in love with it. The creamy cool, avocado paired extremely well with the slight pepperiness of the watercress. This burger was fresh and flavorful and didn't weigh you down. One of the interns loves this burger with the grilled chicken, which would go perfectly with the toppings. 
The Miami Burger pressed with ham | swiss cheese | pickles | mustard | mayonnaise. This was Rosie's favorite burger. I loved that this burger was pressed and made it a lot easier to eat, but I am not a fan of mayo/mustard so this was not my favorite. 
We had to try a burger with the signature "crunchify" - which is potato chips added to the top of any burger. We had it on a basic cheeseburger and it was AH-MAY-ZING. The simplicity of the melted cheese with the salty potato chips really was perfect. I'm not sure if I could handle the crunchification of a burger with a bunch of toppings, simple really is better for this combo. 
The last "burger" we tried was the New Mexico queso sauce | roasted green chiles | pickled red onions. The pickled onions balanced out the queso nicely and added a good crunch. I wanted to make sure we tried a burger switched out with chicken so we did it with this burger. The chicken was good, not rubbery - and went well with toppings. Enough to tempt me to switch out other burgers with chicken. 
As well as burgers, they also have two grilled cheeses. A Griddled Pimento Cheese & Bacon pimento cheese | bacon | tomato and the Griddled Cheese american | swiss | cheddar | monterey jack | tomato. While both were delicious, the Griddled Cheese (bottom) was my favorite - the tomato helped cut the richness of the cheeses. 
What burger experience is complete without milkshakes? We tried the Coconut and the Vanilla Caramel Bourbon. I very obviously was in love with the vanilla, caramel bourbon one. A perfect, boozy milkshake. 
So I am not going to lie, I have been to BBP before, and it was kind of disappointing. This visit has totally converted me. Before I had an issue with flavor (presentation was great both times) and this visit that wasn't the case at all. The burgers and the toppings packed a flavor punch and I was sad my stomach couldn't fit more food in. In fact, my only complaint right now is their lack of a vegetarian burger option. 

It's also important to note if you are being low carb, you can get any of the burger/chicken combos served on a bed of lettuce. 

Would I come back? Yes, I do love a good burger. 

2121 K Street NW
Washington DC
Golden Triangle
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Old Town Alexandria: Lunch at the Majestic Restaurant

I work in Old Town Alexandria and am always on the lookout for a good lunch deal for when I forget (am too lazy to pack) my lunch. Instead of sticking to my usual (Nando's and Bittersweet), I decided to check out and see if the Majestic has a lunch special and they do...if you sit at the bar. They offer three options of different combos for $12 (check the photo below). 

Carrie and I both went with the Ceaser Salad & Pot Roast Sliders - combo #3. The salad was good, better then your average ceaser. I rarely eat croutons but made an exception for these, they tasted like real bread made into croutons as opposed to the kind you get out of a box. The pot-roast sandwich pickled onion| washington tavern porter sauce | fresh horseradish cream was the star of the show. The potroast was moist, flavorful and not too fatty. I chose to leave the horseradish cream off my sandwich and everything still worked out extremely well with each other. The only thing about this meal that lacked were the pommes frites - they were not fried enough, but I didn't need to be eating all that you see below so I wasn't too bummed about it. 
The bartender was attentive without being overwhelming and the food was quick and delicious. We were in and out in about 40 minutes which is perfect if you only have an hour for lunch. I asked about the veggie sandwich, and the bartender says he normally turns up his nose at veggie sandwiches, but the combo of roasted veggies and the aioli gets him. 

Would I come back? Yes, now that I know their food is good, I will venture off their special lunch menu to their normal menu - Duck Confit Salad anyone?

Has anyone tried any of their dishes? Let me know - I want to try half their menu!! 

911 King Street
Alexandria, VA
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