Top Chef?

Not hardly.  Friday before a Nationals game, Margaret and I hit up Top Chef season 4 contestant Spike’s new burger and fries venture on Capitol Hill.  DC is saturated with really exceptional burger and fry joints, so the bar was set pretty high, and I was anticipating this meal for quite some time.

Too bad Good Stuff Eatery didn’t deliver on its namesake.  Upon entering the restaurant, you are struck by the farmhouse decor and the giant pictures of the fedora donning chef himself.  They are everywhere.  Every corner, every wall.  Once you get past the initial narcissism, you are to stand in line to order your meal.  The employees didn’t really seem to have a grasp on what was going on, so the line moved painfully slow (it took us 15-20 minutes to order when there were only 5 people in front of us).  I decided to go with the bacon cheese farmhouse burger and an order of onion rings; Margaret went with the turkey burger (w/ avocado, sprouts, LTO, etc.) and an order of the rosemary and thyme dusted fries.

After waiting about 15-20 for our food, the tiny buzzer went off, and I got excited for the experience to come.  I ran to pick up our order, got some napkins etc., and then brought it back to the table.  Upon examination of the contents of the bag, we realized we had two bacon cheeseburgers and no onion rings.  Boo.  Hiss.  I brought this to the attention of one of the staff at the counter, and her immediate reply was, “oh, that’s not good”, but even though we waited 20 minutes for “fast food”, she was able to produce a spare turkey burger and an order of onion rings on command.  Hmm.

Now to the food.  The good: my bacon cheese burger was actually quite delicious and messy in a good way.  It wasn’t eye opening or anything (I mean, c’mon, this is Washington – 5 Guys is king), but it was decent.  The onion rings were also quite tasty.  They were more like onion straws, but when dipped in the chipotle mayo from the dipping bar, they were finger licking good.

The bad: everything else.  The turkey burger that Margaret got was smaller than a McDonald’s cheeseburger.  For real.  It was missing the sprouts and LTO which thoroughly upset my dining companion.  The fries were also a mistake.  Very greasy and also terribly soggy for being fried twice, they almost bordered on un-appetizing.  They were also caked in dried rosemary and thyme.  I don’t understand the liberal use of dried herbs (fresh would of made a world of difference) on the fries.  Not even ketchup could save these little ones.

Anyway, I’ll give you a little food shot.  I don’t think we’ll be checking in with our “top chef” neighborhood burger joint any time soon.

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3 responses to “Top Chef?

  1. Glad you recognize 5 Guys. Everyone always raves about In-N-Out over here, but IMO 5 Guys has got them beat for a fast food place.

  2. I’m going to have to disagree. In-N-Out is pretty damn good. While they aren’t the best fries, I respect the freshness of them. You can beat slicing the potatoes right over the fryer!

  3. Nice review. My experience was that the burgers were very small, overcooked, and on sub par buns. Flavorwise though they were very balanced.

    My feelings are the same on their fries. Very greasy and somewhat soggy.

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