Why go: You might spot Michelle Obama buying lunch for her staff, and owner Spike Mendelsohn, a Top Chef contestant, is in the kitchen. The messy but manageable burgers sport offbeat toppings, but the thin patties retain the appeal of humble diner fare.
What to get: Bacon cheeseburger capped with a sunny-side-up egg; Colletti’s Smokehouse, with bacon, cheddar, fried onions, and barbecue sauce; turkey burger with avocado and Muenster; a deliciously sloppy chili cheeseburger with sour cream; Blazin’ Barn, a bánh mì–inspired creation with pickled daikon, Thai basil, and mint; milkshakes in such flavors as toasted marshmallow, black and white, and soursop-strawberry.
Best for: A comfort meal—nothing chases the blues like a burger and a great shake.
Insider tip: Soggy fries and onion rings continue to be a wet blanket. But they’re worth ordering—in the shareable “snack” size—to dip into the flavored mayos.
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