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Tasty Burger opens in Shaw this Thursday

by Prince Of Petworth July 19, 2016 at 10:25 am 28 Comments

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From a press release:

“Tasty Burger, the beloved East Coast burger restaurant founded by three chef friends in 2010, opens its first District location in the historic Shaw neighborhood on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM. The classic burger restaurant will be open daily with counter & bar service, free foosball, digital jukebox, takeout window, full bar with indoor & outdoor seating, and late night hours.

2108 8th Street, NW

Named one of the best burgers in America by The Daily Meal and Business Insider, Tasty Burger sets itself apart from the burger pack by using all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef with fresh ingredients; not to mention the 15+ condiments available at every table, including Tasty’s very own homemade Spicy Ketchup. Tasty’s signature burger, The Big Tasty, is a 1/3-lb burger on a local bun from Gold Crust Baking Company out of Landover, MD, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle and Tasty sauce. Other burger highlights include Spicy Jalapeno, Chili Cheese, Gorgonzola, Rise ‘n Shine (topped with an egg), and the BBQ Onion. Hot Dogs, Salads, Chicken Nuggets, and Sandwiches like the Chicky Chicky Parm Parm (crispy chicken & tomato sauce topped with fried mozzarella and melted mozzarella) round out the menu with sides like Fries, Onion Rings, and Tater Tots. (For the full menu, see http://www.tastyburger.com/washington-dc.)

The first location to offer a full bar, Tasty Burger Shaw’s cocktail, beer & wine selection reflects local offerings with microbrews from Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, and Duckpin, as well as the Raspberry Gin Rickey cocktail, an updated boozy version of Tasty’s classic Homemade Raspberry Lime Rickey that pays homage to the gin rickey’s D.C. roots. Additional beverage options include the Tasty Bloody Mary (made with neighboring D.C. local business Bazaar Spices’ spice blend and Smoked Bacon Chipotle Salt rim), a Pickle Back (shot of whiskey & Tasty’s pickle juice) and the Shift Drink (Narragansett and a shot of Fernet Vittone), as well as adult milk shakes like the Grasshopper, the Monk (Melleti & green chartreuse), White Russian, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Pina Colada.

Tasty Burger’s signature aesthetic is also at play here in Shaw. The cheerful red & white 1800-square foot space features seating for 44, as well as 22 seats around the indoor/outdoor bar that opens up onto 8th Street thanks to giant garage doors. Local graffiti from around Shaw is highlighted through original photography. A 20-foot long custom mural features sheet music from D.C.’s own Duke Ellington. Other Tasty signature design details include a glass Coke bottle chandelier and a giant image of Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction” eating his very own tasty burger.

Beginning July 21st, Tasty Burger Shaw will offer the following specials:

· Starvin’ Student – Choice of Hamburger or Cheeseburger, Fries & a Can of Beer for only $10 (must show student ID)

· Happy Hour – $5 cocktails, and $3 beers from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Monday – Friday

· Yappy Hour – Free dog bone with purchase, outdoor water bowls, $5 cocktails and $3 beers from 12:00 to 2:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays

  • Ghost

    the historic shaw neighborhood in a building that went up 2 years ago? rolls eyes..although some thing sound cool here…so maybe I’m being harsh. Isnt the burger and ‘adult’ milkshare thing way over saturated at this point?

    • Anon

      Is Shaw a historic neighborhood? Is this building in the Shaw neighborhood?
      If the answer robots those questions is “yes” (which I believe it is), then I don’t see a problem with their statement.

      • Anon

        heh: “If the answer to both questions…” not sure how robots got involved

        • INWDC

          Robots are involved in everything – do not resist.

  • Effie

    why yes, because I won’t be at Shake Shack.. rolls eyes…

  • SaveACowEatAChicken

    Just what DC needs; another burger place (sigh). I’m all for a good burger but the number of burger-centric restaurants/ bars that have opened in DC in the past 3 years is unnecessary and likely unsustainable. Best of luck to Tasty Burger. On a related note, Slash Run has one of the best burgers (called the Slash Run) I’ve had in DC in the 9 years I’ve lived here. Accurately described as a gourmet BigMac.

    • Anon

      “one of the best burgers….Accurately described as a gourmet BigMac.”
      I see.

      • Ghost

        that sounds delicious ill have to check them out!

    • Derek

      Burgers at Rebellion in Dupont are also fantastic, since Travis Weiss became their executive chef. Half price on Mondays!

      • CT

        Nice try Travis…

    • JohnH

      There are not a lot of fast casual restaurants in this area. Unlike DuPont, etc, it’s not already saturated with this sort of thing. Glad they are here.

    • anonymous

      Just don’t take your kids! Haha

  • JS

    A reasonably priced (if not cheap) food option opens up in an area that’s only been getting more expensive, with a really generous happy hour to boot, and all anyone can do is complain about how they characterize the neighborhood or reference other burger places that aren’t anywhere near this location. Never change PoPville commentariat.

    • U neighbor

      Pumped opening day!

  • Anonymous

    Please, this is not Shaw. We all know this. Why is everyone going along with this dumb developer? No one has every said “The 9:30 Club in Shaw” which is what you would need to say in order to call this burger hut as also in “Shaw.”

    • Anonymous Shaw Dweller


    • Derek

      Agreed. I believe historically Shaw has been T St to the north, 11th St on the west, NJ Ave on the east. and M St to the south.

      I love it when developers do this. Years ago developers were trying to rep “North Potomac”, otherwise known as “Rockville.”

      • Truxton Thomas

        My understanding is that Shaw was at one time even larger than it is now—from 14th Street to North Capitol. But it shrank as neighborhoods carved themselves out because Shaw had a negative connotation. Now it is growing as Shaw has developed cache. Funny how that happens.

        Anyway, I’m happy this is coming. We do indeed need more fast-casual and takeout joints in the area.

      • mike

        From wikipedia…Shaw is roughly bounded by M Street, NW or Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south; New Jersey Avenue, NW to the east; Florida Avenue, NW to the north; and 11th Street, NW to the west. The area also includes the U Street Corridor, which is the commercial hub of the Shaw area, extending westward to 16th Street NW.

      • textdoc

        I thought it was “North Bethesda” that was being promoted as an alternative to Rockville.

    • jsauri

      I know right?! Since when does U Street need to pretend it’s Shaw?

  • anony

    Why does it matter and who actually cares what neighborhood it is in? What’s more annoying than businesses supposedly falsely categorizing their neighborhood are the people who constantly bash them. I’m sorry, I didn’t know you were the DC neighborhood creators.

    I’m pumped for this new burger joint and look forward to their opening!

    • TM

      You must be new here…

    • stacksp

      I don’t get the neighborhood thing either but apparently its important to some.

      • Gabeyo

        Its how property owners snub their noses at each other

    • L.H.O.O.Q.

      How else are we going to know where it is if we don’t geographically categorize it? Are you against addresses too?

  • Bob Sacamento

    I lived near Tasty Burger in Boston for 2 years. About 8 min walk away at most and went at least 15 times. The place was very different than Shake Shack or really any burger joint I have ever been. It had an area to order to wait for burgers to go with benches outside. Most of the people waiting had come from a long night out and just ate at the benches. They also had an area inside to eat at, but def more casual than a traditional restaurant. In addition, they had a pool table and I believe plastic walls that completely rolled up in the summer to create a very open space. Overall the place was very distinct from Slash and Run and Shake Shack both of which I like. Tasty Burger holds a lot of memories for me. Plus it is named after a scene in Pulp Fiction (which if you havent watched you really shout get on that). Anyhow give it a chance. It should work out real well next to any real night life. If you dont like it after goin then trash it. But just give the place a chance till ya try it.

  • L.H.O.O.Q.

    Seems like the type of place in Shaw you go to use the bathroom because it is so clean and new!


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