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Inside 14th and Park Road, NW

Yesterday we wrote about the odd hours at the Z Burger in Columbia Heights. We got an update at 5:30pm yesterday from Katherine:

“Looks like it’s lights out for Z Burger. Just stopped by and no one was there. Fryers and grills removed, everything off, signage removed from doors, including the operating hours signage.”

Z Burger opened here back in 2013. Updates when we learn what becomes of the cool, historic space.

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14th and Park Road, NW

A reader reported at 6:15pm last night: “just went to Z Burger at 14th and Park in Columbia Heights and they said they were closed and the staff was packing up a bunch of stuff. Any rumors if they’re closing?” Ed. Note: Their listed hours are from 11am until 10pm. A call to the store this morning at 11am rang repeatedly but there was no answer or voicemail.

Anyone hear anything? Z Burger opened here back in 2013. (RIP Nori Sushi, Mayorga Lounge.) Updates if/when there is something to this.

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Thanks to David for sending:

“Z Burger to Dupont? This was in the old BGR space this morning. Not sure if that means Z Burger is coming to this space or that there is a Z Burger a few blocks away (at P and 22).”

If it’s referring to the one P Street – well – oh my goodness. Oh. My. Goodness. If not, sup with the arrow? As always, STAY TUNED.

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7th Street and C Street, SE

From a press release:

“EastBanc, Inc., developer of the vibrant mixed-use community 700 Penn, along with partners Stanton Development and Jamestown, today announced that customizable burger concept Eat Brgz will launch its first-to-market, fast-casual restaurant space in 700 Penn. The eatery will occupy approximately 1,600 square feet on the C Street SE Plaza and is slated to open this July.

The new concept – the first of its kind – reimagines the classic American hamburger. Eat Brgz combines thoughtfully-sourced ingredients, widespread flavors and unlimited creativity to introduce a burger experience where ingredients are mixed into the patty and cooked together; creating a carefully crafted culinary experience that is both entirely new and familiar. Featured items include a Greek style burger which is filled with feta cheese, kalamata olives, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, and a housemade Greek seasoning blend. Read More

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3907 14th Street, NW. The Rib Pit Lounge sign lives!! Photos courtesy Lucy’s

Ed. Note: Gonna have to revisit our best burger list sooner than I thought.

From a press release:

“Meet “Lucy’s,” a bar and burger spot aiming to do a few simple things really well. Lucy’s is located above Little Coco’s in the space formerly hosting Coco Beach and Hot Coco popup bars. They will return in summer and winter within Lucy’s, which is conceived as a permanent bar & grill.

We love burgers. Over the years, we’ve created a wide range of burgers–from decadent old school ones to new school ones with crazy toppings, even a $40 Kobe beef one. We’ve curated extensive beer and cocktail lists. At Lucy’s, we’re going back to basics, offering a small menu of great burgers and fries, accompanied by an unfussy bar with beer, pops and a few delicious cocktails. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Bekah Richards

Ed. Note: After our best burger talk last month I got word of a mythical burger quest by a group of friends and lo and behold here it is.

The gents write:

“Back in 2017 a group of 10 nerds, who also happened to be friends, decided to embark on an epic foodie quest to try the best burgers of DC. Our goal was simple: systematically and rigorously pinpoint the tastiest burger in and around the District. And we were serious. We even bought the domain to BrosWhoBurger.com (and then never did anything with it).

Our starting point was a list of 8 restaurants based on the existing “Best of” lists and hearsay. Over the next two years, this group of 8 ballooned to a whopping 18 burger joints. We still haven’t gone everywhere we have wanted to, but hope to in the years to come.

So how did we approach this journey? Each time we picked a new place, we tried to maximize how many people could join. Usually we got 4-7 of us, but sometimes as low as 2, other times we had as many as 9 of us.

We didn’t have pre-defined criteria for the ratings, but there were some elements we often found ourselves discussing; bun composition and texture, structural integrity, meat taste and juiciness, and overall flavor were key pieces to our rating. We did not factor cost into the equation.

With some minor exceptions, we all ordered the same burger at each place. When we finished, we shared our ratings directly with a designated data collector in order to minimize bias and plopped the ratings into a Google sheet.

NOW, without further ado, our ratings. With each we tried to add a description. Below these are our superlatives. Read More

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