A Burger a Day in May: Spike Mendelsohn's Romney Burger

Good Stuff Eatery famously devotes two sandwiches to the First Couple. But what happens if there’s an administration change this year?

By: Jessica Voelker

Good Stuff Eatery, home to the Prez Obama and the Michelle Melt. Photograph by Joe Shymanski.

At Good Stuff Eatery, chef Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef alum, Acid Reflux meds shill) famously serves burgers named for Barack and Michelle Obama. The edible homage to POTUS--as heartburn-inducing as a gridlocked Congress--is a beef patty topped with applewood bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese, and horseradish mayo. Reflecting her ever-controversial aversion to childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama's sandwich is a free-range turkey burger with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, ruby tomato, and lettuce on a whole wheat bun with "Southlawn herb garden mayo."

But as Washingtonians know well, a change in the White House leads to countless other little changes throughout the town. If Mitt Romney manages to grab the presidency, he'll be needing a Good Stuff burger too, right? We asked chef Spike what would be on it. "The Romney Burger would be fried cod, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, Creole mayo, and roasted red peppers," Mendelsohn revealed to us in an e-mail yesterday. The burger is "an ode to Massachusetts, and specifically Cape Cod. The roasted peppers and Creole mayo compliment the cod--a nod to the great seafood from Massachusetts."

The Good Stuff folks were noncommittal about whether they'd actually put the burger on the menu following a Romney win. "I think we will cross that bridge if we come to it," said company rep Jordyn Lazar. Whoever ends up ruling the free world, "The Michelle Melt and the Prez Obama Burger are here to stay." We'll be looking for those at the forthcoming Crystal City Good Stuff, opening May 9.