Life, liberty and the pursuit of hamburgers

Say what you will about America, but it really is a great country. After two years in Italy, a land overrun by ass-backwards behavior, I now have an empowered sense of patriotism for the good ol’ U.S. of A. A renewed appreciation for its ideals of freedom, justice and opportunity. But most of all, a sincere gratitude for one of its best attributes: the hamburger.

Got a little squished in transit, but still deeee-lish!

Now, that’s not to say you can’t find good burgers abroad. You can. They’re just better (and more prevalent) in the U.S. So when a weekend trip took me, the bf and a friend to our nation’s capital, it only seemed right to eat burgers while we were there.

Washington, D.C. has lots to offer: museums, monuments and Good Stuff Eatery. Vanessa, the friend who came with me this weekend, was the one who told me about Good Stuff, and well, I basically owe her a kidney for it. Started by Chef Spike from Season 4 of Top Chef, Good Stuff is a casual place with an easy menu: burgers, fries and shakes, with a couple variations on these standard American good eats.

A burger with no fries is just wrong.

So in honor of our being in the capital, I went for a burger named after its most famous inhabitant: Obama.  A juicy beef patty topped with applewood bacon, red onion marmalade, horseradish mayo and Roquefort cheese, all squished between two soft, buttery buns. The President might not have won everyone over, but the Prez Obama Burger? A landslide victory.

But no burger-eating experience would be complete without fries so we split an order of Sunny’s handcut fries. These were good- perfectly salted and just a bit soft, how I like them- but what made them great was definitely the mayo bar: chipotle, siracha, mango and Old Bay mayos to choose from, in addition to the standard ketchup, mayo and mustard. Naturally, I got all of them.

This isn't just good... it's genius.

And last, but absolutely not least, was my favorite part of the meal: the toasted marshmallow milkshake. Thick and creamy, with a couple slightly browned marshmallows sitting on top, this shake was concentrated, glorious gluttony at its finest.

And in my book, that is always good stuff.

(Someone cue the Star Spangled Banner…)

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3 thoughts on “Life, liberty and the pursuit of hamburgers

  1. Hi Angie! Been a long time…still rem. going over your house after school (singing Aladdin tunes?). ha! Anyways, I have read a some of your posts and I must say we have a lot in common. I am a huge fan of good food and cooking…it dominates my life some would say…

    I am living in DC. After reading this post, I thought I would fill you in on a great burger place for the next time you’re in town: Ray’s Hell Burger (in Arlington).

    Right next to it is a GREAT Vietnamese soup place called Pho 75.

    Let me know if you’re ever in town and we can meet up :)

    • Hey there! It’s definitely been a long time! You know, not too long ago my mom asked me if I knew what ever happened to “Alicita.” Now i can let her know!

      And thanks for the recommendations! I’ll definitely make a note of those. Let me know if you’re ever in NYC and we can meet up here, if not I’ll definitely let you know when I’m in DC again. Hope all is well!

  2. Pingback: In search of burgers and happiness « La Buona Forchetta

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