Food

The Great Burger Battle: Holy Cow vs. Five Guys (Semifinals)

Two heavyweights go bun to bun.
Who does a messy, delicious burger best: Holy Cow with the Lonestar (left) or Five Guys double cheeseburger (right)?

Welcome back to the Great Burger Battle semifinals! It was an exciting first round, and now we’re off to the next with eight heavyweight patty joints. The newest winner to join the group is Plan B Burger Bar, a last-minute entry who took over from the Plan A pick, Black & Orange (now closed). Better late than never: the triple B managed to throw Bobby’s Burger Palace down and out. See the current standings below.

It’s a battle of the bulk with today’s two teams. Del Ray eatery Holy Cow knows how stack a patty, with arm-dripper combinations like the Holy Pig topped with pulled pork, slaw, and barbecue sauce from sister joint Pork Barrel BBQ. But can this local shop out-oink Five Guys, now an international chain known to bring home the double-bacon burgers?

Both satisfy our most carnivorous cravings, but only one patty can proceed. Rate your stomach rumblings in the poll.


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Anna Spiegel
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.