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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