Burger, Tap and Shake: Southern Comfort Burger

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We’re not ashamed to say that we were blown away by a burger bar. Burger, Tap & Shake slays it when it comes to friendly service, perfectly cooked patties (better be some pink!), clever toppings and boozy milkshakes (shaketails) that hit the spot, even on the coldest day in recent DC history. Polar vortex schmortex.

You better be having the trifecta, which shouldn’t be hard to figure out – a burger, a beer AND a shaketail. Buttons were meant to be unbuttoned. So which burger? Which shake? The Best Thing on the Menu is undoubtedly the Southern Comfort Burger with Pimento Cheese, Fried Green Tomato, Vidalia Onions and Bread & Butter Pickles.

Shaketails

Get the Best Thing on the Menu with the Apocalypto shake, a frozen treat made with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Homemade Marshmallows and Chocolate Ice Cream. Chocolate haters like myself (dirty little secret) can have it made with vanilla. Their milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, and DAMN right they’re better than yours. They’re better than anyone’s.

You see that world homemade? You better get used to it. The team behind Burger, Tap and Shake (and District Commons next door) are gluttons for hard work. They make EVERYTHING from scratch in house. So savor every bite because blood, sweat and tears went into it. Well, hopefully not directly into it.

We’ll definitely be back – preferably on the first Monday of every month when they do a $3 keg killer from 6:00pm until they run dry. And they will run dry. One final tip? Ask for Alvin, the guy oozes supreme customer service and beer/burger/shake knowledge.

Southern Comfort not your BTM? Share your favorites in the comments section.

If you liked this, you might also like Ted’s Bulletin or Stoney’s.

Bourbon Steak: Big Eye Tuna with Slow Cooked Pork

Bourbon Steak's Surf and Turf

Surf and turf has been a staple on steakhouse menus from London to Paris, Miami to LA ever since the 1960s when it first became a popular combo platter in the then fab “continental cuisine” style.

One of DC’s sexiest steakhouses, Bourbon Steak, has its own take on surf and turf that bends the traditional steak and shrimp or steak and lobster definition into something a lot more fun: seared ahi tuna and the ever-popular pork belly.

The Best Thing on the Menu: Big Eye Tuna with Slow Cooked Pork, Mango Ravioli, Young Coconut and Hijiki may come as a surprise to those expecting sirloin or one of Bourbon Steak’s specialties, beautifully marbled A5 Miyazaki Japanese Wagyu beef, to star as the BTM.

The top dish is a tropical storm to be reckoned with, laden with notes of coconut, lemongrass and mango. A foamy sea of white clouds cover the pork and tuna treasures hiding below. Surrounding the surf and turf proteins are perfect parcels of must-try mango ravioli.

Everything we tried was top notch. However, healthy eaters beware, you may intend to survive dinner at Bourbon Steak without destroying your diet, but out comes an amuse-bouche of three different kinds of fries with accompanying sinful sauces, followed by a skillet of adorable, swirly-knotted black truffle butter rolls. Sins were committed. Rules were broken.

Since we oddly opted for fish dishes (we also savored the rockfish) we’ll have to come back for some steaks, or at least the lobster pot pie.  As one final quick tip, Bourbon Steak is a great pre-theatre pick for those headed to the Kennedy Center to see Book of Mormon or other shows. If you’re going to have the “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” song stuck in your head all night, you might as well have it with a belly full of free fries.

Big Eye Tuna with Slow Cooked Pork not your BTM? Post your favorites in the comments section.