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Where is the Best Fast Casual Burger/Cheeseburger in Town?

by Prince Of Petworth — November 18, 2016 at 11:35 am 36 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I was hoping you could help settle a dispute among my friends and I. We all grew up in/around DC (I live in Mt. Pleasant now), and we would like to settle what the best fast-casual burger/cheeseburger is in DC? I deliberately left places like McDonald’s out because that’s definitely just fast food and not fast casual.”


  • greg

    five guys and z burger are literally the exact same thing

    • #neverzburger

      now you’re just being ridiculous, greg

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Does Slash Run count? They’re usually very fast with their burgers.

    • kd21

      No. Fast casual doesn’t have to do with how long your food takes to prepare. Rather, the defining characteristics of fast casual restaurants are prepaying for your food and a lack of table service.

      • NH Ave Hiker

        That’s what I was wondering, thanks. Wasn’t sure of the exact criteria

        • samanda_bynes

          slash run is def my favorite, but yeah it’s a whiskey bar!

    • pru

      Exactly what I was about to ask and post. I can’t have anyone else’s burgers anymore.
      And their rosemary garlic waffle fries! And their music! Oh, I love that place so much.

      • John Brandis

        Not enough Choking Victim on the jukebox. Only one song!

  • palisades

    Can’t beat the bang for your buck with Five Guys. I think Shake Shack may taste the best, but Five Guys is just such a good deal considering how much food you get. Also they’re local!

    • Anon

      This guy knows. Here’s my list, mostly in order. Five Guys is always amazing and the best value. Shake Stack, I nearly die of either happiness and a heart attack getting that Shack Stack (a cheeseburger topped with a fried portabello which is stuffed with cheese). Good stuff eatery is legit too of course. Shakes, spike’s fries, and those sauces. Expensive but get after it… Tasty Burger isn’t on here but should be. It’s very good too. It’s relatively inexpensive and has solid beer selection. BTS, good but I never lost my mind over the burgers. It’s got milkshakes with booze in it though so why not. Z-Burger, I’d say get outta here…just seems like a worse five guys, unless you’re buying though then let’s go.

  • dd

    For veggie burgers I like BGR in Dupont

  • Anon

    Still sad about the decline of Good Stuff Eatery

  • cwjCP

    Good Stuff hands down. Best burger and overall package (fries).

    Five Guys is the best value. Shake Shack burgers are okay but way overpriced by the time you’re done ordering a meal and the fries are meh.

    • BethPopville

      THIS. The fries at Shake Shack are their downfall.

  • Leeran

    Z Burger/All About 4 lyfe.

    • jaybird

      and they’re local.

    • wobber

      Z Burger is way better than Shake Shack.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    BGR or Rays (RIP to the good ole days of the Rogue States truffle burger). I still don’t get the allure of Shake Shack. It is a perfectly fine, greasy burger, but not any better or worse than something like 5 Guys with 4x the wait to get it (plus I would rather 5 Guys fries). And that place is a rip off.

  • TacoPants

    BareBurger in Dupont is a newcomer, but they have a variety of interesting meat choices and the fries are top notch. It’s a step up from 5 guys and shake shack but it’s pretty casual and you can get some good beers.

    • oh2dc

      I also like BareBurger, but I am not sure it qualifies as fast casual since they have table service.

  • MadMax

    Of those options it’s definitely Five Guys. But all of these places overcook the hell out of their patties, so it’s really just varying degrees of tolerability. At least with the old Black & Orange / Rogue States you could get it pink, sometimes, if they were paying attention. That operation was better than any of these, not sure how they failed.

  • J-Babe

    Shake Shack has to be the most overrated burger I’ve ever had. It was certainly good, but it wasn’t great, and definitely not worth it over Five Guys or any other similar burger joint.

    However, the new chicken sandwich from Shake Shack is actually mindblowingly delicious. Drop your burgers and give that bad boy a try.

    • wdc

      Good to know! I agree that Shake Shack is inferior to Five Guys, but it’s the closest place to my office. I’ll do the chicken sandwich next time.

    • MadMax

      If you want to talk overrated let me introduce you to In-N-Out.

      • divebar311

        +100000000000000000000

        I thought I was the only person who believed this.

  • Erik

    Elevation burger or BGR

    • jenster8dc

      I’ve always come away disappointed in Elevation Burger, and while I like BGR in the moment, it always gives me tummy issues later. 🙁
      .
      For me it’s Five Guys all the way. They once gave me my burger for free because they put mayonnaise on my order (flargh) and left off the bacon.

  • Shaw Rez

    Tasty Burger is pretty great. Should have been in this poll.

    • Nathan

      +1 had one for the first time last week. For me its always been Five Guys, but I’d put this right up there.

  • Ryan

    +1 on Rogue States

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Depends on how you like your burger. If you like lots of toppings on it you can’t beat Z-burger they will put everything on it and their Z sauce is really good. They have great seasoned fries and give you enough to feed the starving children in China (my mom’s phrase from the 50’s). Shake Shack double stax is a burger topped with a ‘shroom burger. And I love their “Chicago” style hotdogs. Haven’t tried the chicken sandwich but hear it’s really good.

  • Anonymous

    Do not understand the lack of love for BTS – so much better than Five Guys or Good Stuff.

  • Mary

    Elevation Burger is so, so good! Perfect grass fed burgers, awesome fries, perfectly crispy! I always used to feel sick after a Five Guys burger and the bun & fries at Shake Shacks are seriously lacking. I think the closest Elevation is in Hyattsville though. Wish we’d get one in DC!

  • Iren

    I think all about burger is a good taste good price . I like it!

  • Heidi

    Z burger is definitely the best! Juicy burgers with lots of toppings. Love the z sauce.

  • Bill Ragland

    I love Z burger food! Great tasting burgers and fries and incredible milkshakes.

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