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A Burger a Day in May: BLT Steak Will Keep Serving the 1%

Despite a regime change in the kitchen, the downtown steakhouse has no plans to discontinue its foie-gras-and-gold-leaf-topped sandwich.

BLT's gold-leaf topped 1% burger. Photograph by Erik Uecke.

Back in November, BLT Steak debuted a menu of politically inspired burgers—the kitchen offers one of the sandwiches at lunch and rotates them about once a week. The most talked-about of these specialty burgers was the 1% burger—a $58 Kobe burger topped with a fat lobe of foie gras and gold leaf. On the side? Grey Poupon mustard, naturally.

The Political Burger Board was the brainchild of chef Victor Albisu, a self-described political junkie, so when he moved on from the steakhouse this spring, it made us wonder: “What will happen to the 1%?”

It seems new chef Jon Mathieson--whose résumé includes stints at restaurants like 2941 in Falls Church, Le Bernardin in New York City, and the ill-fated Michel by Michel Richard and Inox, both in Tysons Corner—has no plans to discontinue serving the 1%—the burger is “here to stay,” a restaurant rep assured us this week. Call BLT Steak before you visit to learn which sandwich is on special that day.


See the other entries in our monthlong A Burger a Day in May series.

  • HonestyFirst

    Despite many American beef products being labeled Kobe, authentic Japanese Kobe beef is not available for sale anywhere outside Japan, with the solitary exception of Macau.

    So what is it, really?

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