The Great Burger Battle: Good Stuff Eatery vs. Holy Cow

Welcome to round one of the March Madness-style series.

Welcome to the first round of the Great Burger Battle! We have 16 heavy-hitters ready to go patty-to-patty, and its up to voters to determine who’ll roll on. Without further ado, our first matchup: Good Stuff Eatery vs. Holy Cow, both of which made the top 25 burger list in our 2014 Cheap Eats issue.

In the one corner, Spike Mendelsohn‘s Good Stuff Eatery needs little introduction–each member of the Obama family has dropped in for a meal. What was once a single destination for thin, creatively-topped patties and standout turkey burgers has now expanded to branches in Georgetown and Crystal City, plus further afield in Philadelphia and the Middle East.

Given Good Stuff’s international scope, one might consider Holy Cow the under-bovine. Don’t be fooled by this Alexandria burger joint from the Pork Barrel BBQ team. What they lack in storefront numbers is made up for in wild, unpredictable–and often winning– combinations. A burger topped with pulled pork barbecue or sandwiched between Sugar Shack doughnuts is not to be dismissed.

Remember that the poll closes at 4 PM each day. May the best burger win.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.