Over the weekend, I was hanging out in a coffee shop in Dupont with fellow food blogger Pants, who writes about her quest to find the best sandwiches in DC. We were planning our upcoming trip to China, trying to decide whether it would be better to take a plane or just dig a hole to get there, when our stomachs started grumbling for a substantial meal. She suggested we go to BGR since, obviously, we had to go someplace with sandwiches.
On our walk down Connecticut Avenue, we encountered something crazy: a pack of about twenty girls, all wearing high brown boots over their jeans. I couldn’t help but think that all DC people dress the same (I would have never seen this when I lived in New York). We both started to laugh, and then we looked at our own feet…
Anyway, I digress. Back to burgers. BGR (1514 Connecticut Avenue NW) is a great spot for delicious, quick eats in Dupont Circle (notice, I did not say cheap). It’s a peppy, whimsical restaurant that will bring you back to your childhood, if you were a child of the eighties/early nineties. The bright blue interior; rock album posters, lunchboxes, and toys on the walls; colorful lights that look like fireworks (or atom clusters, if you’re a total nerd like me); kitschy mosaic tabletops; and fun eighties pop/rock music create an atmosphere that makes the burgers that much more enjoyable as you sit back and take it all in.
The menu has several options beyond the traditional all beef burger, so Pants and I chose two to split. We got the Greek ($13.29), a burger of ground lamb topped with tzatziki, feta, lettuce, tomato, red onion and cucumber on a brioche bun. With this, we ordered a side of grilled asparagus ($3.89), mostly because I was surprised to find this listed on the menu as I was trying to decide if I wanted to expand my hips with French fries or onion rings.
We also got the turkey burger ($10.29), made with portobello mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese, and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mojo sauce. With this, we got a side of sweet potato fries ($3.99).
Verdict on the burgers: both were delicious and I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. The lamb burger with the flavors of fresh tomatoes and cucumber carried me back to a trip to Turkey and brought images of the Mediterranean to my mind. The turkey burger was one of the best I’ve ever had. Turkey meat has a tendency to be a little too dry, so I generally avoid it. However, BGR somehow makes this patty super juicy, and the addition of mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese was a stroke of genius.
The sides were also excellent. The grilled asparagus, sprinkled with parmesan cheese, was perfectly crispy and had a smoky flavor from the open flame. The sweet potato fries were thick with a nice crunch to the outside. Even though this restaurant is fast food, it definitely does not sacrifice flavor and quality.
And, I have to give it credit for its sense of humor. In honor of the upcoming election, it featured two presidential burgers. So, instead of discussing politics over a meal (which generally only leads to drama), we can just eat our political views instead, and all remain friends.