100 Very Best Restaurants: #84 – Lucky Buns


About Lucky Buns


American, Burgers
2000 18th St., NW 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

“Best burger in DC” is a contentious title, but let’s agree for now: Alex McCoy’s Adams Morgan patty place reigns supreme. There are a few cheffy touches—locally baked sesame-brioche buns, Creekstone Farm beef griddled with tallow for diner-style crunch—but that’s where fussiness ends. The mood is chill, the tallboys are cold, the music (and patrons) are loud. It’s all best soaked up with curry chips and a burger dripping with chili-aïoli and melty Gouda (or, if you prefer, bang-up fried-chicken sandwiches). McCoy is a local talent with love for Britain as well as Southeast Asia—you’ll find influences from both places on the menu and in the regular late-night pop-ups. Inexpensive.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.