(this post written by Official Co-Writer of DCWD AP)
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom
Ever since coming back from a semester abroad, it seems as though I can't get enough American food. This has manifested itself lately in a constant burger craving. Burger Tap & Shake being the latest in a string of new upscale burger joints, I had to try it out.
Burger Tap & Shake occupies a space right on Washington Circle, in the new office/apartment building. The first thing you notice when you enter is just how small the area is; it's tiny. I thought there would be a back room to accommodate the lunch hour rush, but no. I can only imagine the line is out the door around noon. Otherwise, the lighting is dim and the seating area is informal. It's a nice mix actually, not fancy but more upscale than your average McDonald's, which I think is what they're going for.
I got the "Apache Sweat Lodge", a burger with roasted green chilies, pepperjack cheese, smoked onions, and XXX sauce. The burger itself was nice, although not as juicy as BGR and dry in comparison to Ray's Hellburger. The burger was actually spicy, which I enjoyed (many times I'm disappointed by so-called spicy foods which turn out to be only mild to me.) The fries were very good. Think Five Guys' fresh cut taste but less greasy.
Overall a nice burger. Decent value for the money, as it's less than BGR; but not something I'd go out of my way to have again.
Food Rating: *** (out of 5)
Date Rating: ** (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $ (out of 5) (less than $25 for two)Pairing: Grab an early dinner, then take a free shuttle to the Kennedy Center (leaving from the Foggy Bottom Metro) and catch one of their free shows for an inexpensive evening.