Cheap Eats 2009: Good Stuff Eatery
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 23, 2009
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Good Stuff Eatery
Address: 303 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-543-8222
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Southeast, Capitol Hill
Cuisines: American, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:30 to 11
Nearby Metro Stops: Capitol South
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Coletti's Smokehouse burger; Blazin' Barn burger; turkey burger; Spike's Five Napkin burger; Uncle D's Chili n' Cheddar burger; toasted-marshmallow, black-and-white, and strawberry/soursop milkshakes.
Price Details: Burgers, $5.49 to $7.69.

Why go: Spike Mendelsohn, fresh off a stint on TV’s Top Chef, had the look of a culinary carpetbagger when he swept into town last year. But the fast-foodie has earned his place near the top of the local burger hierarchy with creatively topped patties and some of the best milkshakes around.

What to get: Colletti’s Smokehouse, a patty messily topped with bacon, cheddar, fried onions, and barbecue sauce (it took top honors in the Food Network’s annual Burger Bash contest); turkey burger topped with avocado and Muenster (a spoonful of mango chutney makes the patty taste so good); chili-and-cheddar-topped burger with sour cream; Blazin’ Barn, a Vietnamese-style burger dressed up like banh mi; thick milkshakes in such flavors as toasted marshmallow, black-and-white, and soursop-strawberry.

Best for: A desk lunch (everything is packaged to go); a quick dinner or late-night snack.

Insider tip: Fries and onion rings have been soggy, which is too bad because there are good sauces to go with them, such as Old Bay– and Sriracha-flavored mayos; use them on the plain cheeseburgers instead.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

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