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Hometown Throwdown: What Would You Tell Bobby Flay to Put on His Missing D.C. Burger?

Tuesday marks the opening of celebrity chef Bobby Flay's beefy new eatery, Bobby's Burger Palace, on K Street NW. (Check out some tantalizing pics of the food here.)

The menu includes all sorts of shout-outs to other U.S. cities with nods to each place's distinctive foodie culture. There's a "Philadelphia Burger," for instance, topped with provolone cheese, griddled onions and hot peppers; a "Buffalo Style Burger," with hot sauce, blue cheese and watercress; a "Dallas Burger," with coleslaw, Monterey Jack, barbecue sauce, and pickles; heck, even a "Santa Fe Burger," with queso sauce, pickled jalapeños, and blue corn chips. Los Angeles and Napa Valley are represented, as well.

One glaring omission, though—no D.C. burger!

Young & Hungry, for one, feels that Flay isn't fully embracing the culinary diversity of his newest location. "Washington has become such an important food city," the man himself tells Eater DC.  Then why no Washington mention on the menu?

Come on, man! Let's get creative. How 'bout a beef patty topped with bisected half-smokes, smothered in Ben's-style chili? Or, maybe a crispy fried chicken patty doused in D.C.'s indigenous mumbo sauce?

What toppings would you tell the star of the Food Network's Throwdown With Bobby Flay to put on his missing D.C. burger?

Image courtesy of Bobby's Burger Palace

  • Jessica

    I think he needs to work out a burger with some Blue crab, cheese, and old bay dip type thing. That's true maryland. 😀 Or atleast top it with some Utz crab chips lol.

  • Bryant Turnage

    Crab is Maryland, though, not D.C. I imagine that at least part of the reason Flay didn't include a distinctive D.C. burger is that like most newcomers to the city, he can't figure out what foods are distinctively D.C. The only thing people ever point to are half-smokes and/or Ben's Chili Bowl, but that's just one restaurant; does a single greasy spoon really define all that's distinctive about Washington's historical food culture?

  • Julie Lundy

    He should create his very own mambo sauce - maybe make a competition out of discovering which carry-out or bbq place in DC has the best, most flavorful mambo sauce and then make a burger devoted to that. He's the chef, he'll know what to do as soon as he tastes the sauce!

  • Cpher

    One half elephant meat and the other half donkey meat, wrapped in pork.

  • U-st

    how about a burger with some Palak Chaat

  • er

    snakehead fish burger doused in navy bean soup.

  • Drez

    Has to have 1) pork, 2) cheese, and 3) a wiener.
    Maybe start with The Burl Ives @ Lindy's, and then find a way to put lipstick on it.

  • Mike on H Street

    He doesn't have a DC burger on the menu because there's no signature dish to copy here (also because he hasn't bothered to create a local burger at any of the other places he's opened so far, either).

    He could make a patty out of ground sausage instead of beef and serve it with chili and cheese in tribute to the halfsmoke. He could serve a patty raw and call it an homage to Ethiopian kitfo. Or he could serve a bunch of small meatballs in broth and call it a pho burger.

    But the most authentic "DC" burger would be a plate with watered-down versions of all the other regional burgers.

  • GoonieGooGoo

    It should be a burger that has the same meat ratio as a half smoke and chili like Ben's.

    EASY!! Screw the Mambo sauce...

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  • NovaNicole

    Oh come on, DC's "food roots" is just dreck. I suppose a ladle of despair, a squirt of pretension, with the whole mess thrown in the customer's face would capture the spirit of DC.

  • Stefanie Gans

    First - the American cheese has got to go.
    Second - there's not one vegetarian choice for a burger. No Southwestern black bean patty, Mr. Flay?

  • DCjb

    @Stephanie - Don't go to a place called "Burger Palace" if you want beans and tofu. It's a burger joint, they shouldn't have to cater to your insufferable lameness.

  • Ess

    cook it in plenty of hot air with lots of acrimony sauce....

  • BensBoy1

    DC: Half smoke, fried fish, oysters, beans - had a lot, bad bread - preMM, politics was and is number two in DC.

  • FunJohnny

    The Washington Burger would consist of a bun saturated with Worcestershire Sauce (as a stimulus for the taste buds) and a slip of paper similar to the contents of a Chinese Fortune Cookie that says the burger has been sent to a creditor to service the national debt.

  • Jen

    Whatever he does, mumbo sauce is a must.

  • Ahmed

    Bobby, change the managment with experits. I’m not impressed. Long wait. The food is good but not great. The price is higher than similar places in the area and smaller portion. Don’t fall for the “Crunchified”. The management in this place is terrible, the management and the staff are disorganized and messy. The manager fired one of the employees in the middle of the restaurant and in front of the customers, while one of the employees tried to act as a bodyguard for the manager and yield at the other employee”get the F… out of here”. If this place will keep this management it will go out of business in a heartbeat.

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