My birthday was not too long ago, and when my colleagues suggested that they take me somewhere special for lunch, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I’m a girl who appreciates fine dining, but I also love myself some giant, messy burgers. So, obviously, I picked the best burger spot in DC for my special occasion—Thunder Burger, located at 3056 M Street, in the heart of Georgetown.
I know it’s a bold statement to call a restaurant “the best” anything, but I have a few reasons for doing so. First, I love the ambience of this place. The website calls it an “edgy, rock and roll dining experience.” I would describe it as Harley Davidson meets Alice in Wonderland, especially in the back dining room, where the walls are covered in fake hedges and bookshelves. In the front dining area, the giant chandeliers, metal studded leather chairs, mirrors and exposed brick walls are just plain cool.
Then, of course, there’s the solid beer selection. You can get your standard Buds and Millers, if that’s what you’re feeling, but there’s also an extensive selection of other ales, porters, stouts and lagers. Here’s a link to their menu so you can just check it out yourself and get excited.
And finally, the burgers! These eight ounce beasts deliver a juicy, delicious, filling meal (you may end up having to take some home with you.) You can’t go wrong with the beef burgers ($12), which you can pile up with an assortment of toppings, including charred jalapeno & poblano peppers, grilled red onion, sautéed mushrooms, and ginger aioli, to name a few (there are many, many more). The all natural, free-range beef burger is served on a challah bun, and the flavor of the meat is just wonderful.
You can also order from an assortment of non-traditional burgers served with really interesting flavor combinations (bison, elk, crab, portabella, falafel, etc., etc., etc.). I usually order the Learning To Fly ($12), an herbed ground turkey burger, topped with Swiss cheese, avocado, Granny Smith apples and remoulade (so delicious!). This time, I decided to branch out and order the Born To Be Wild ($15), a boar burger, topped with Havarti cheese, pineapple salsa and remoulade. I have to be honest, the boar burger was not my favorite, but I think I just prefer the flavor of turkey or beef. It wasn’t a bad sandwich.
The burgers all come with your choice of a side of fries, cranberry vinaigrette cole slaw or apple potato salad (pictured below with the Elk River Falls ($15) burger). The fries and potato salad are my favorites. The sweet potato fries are great too (you can get those for an extra $2).
And the dessert delivers too! We had the Apple and Cranberry Crisp ($7) served warm with vanilla ice cream. No complaints here!
And, since I’m raving about the food, I may as well mention the service as well. I’ve always had good experiences with the servers at Thunder Burger. They are personable, knowledgeable about the menu, and give you just the right amount of attention. I absolutely love this spot and will return often!