Bobby’s Burger Palace is a relatively small chain with a DC location at 2121 K St NW, as well as additional locations in Bethesda and College Park. Bobby’s Burger Palace benefits from the immediate name recognition of its owner, celebrity chef Bobby Flay, a largerr-than-life personality on the Food Network. I had previously eaten at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in Las Vegas, which serves up delicious, sophisticated, and pricey Southwestern fare. I loved it, so Bobby’s Burger
Palace was on my list to try. Bobby’s Burger Palace falls into the “Better Burger” genre alongside the likes of Five Guys and Shake Shack. However, there are some differences that make it somewhere in-between a fast food place and a sit-down restaurant. First, you order when you enter but then take a number to place on your table so that a food runner can bring the food to you. Second (and most important) is that the bugers are cooked to order; unlike like Five Guys, where you just choose toppings (though I love Five Guys), at Bobby’s Burger Palace, you can actually choose how you want the meat cooked. I ordered the “New Mexico,” which comes topped with green chilis, queso and picked red onions. I appreciate that Bobby Flay brings some of his Southwestern flare into his burger joint; the burger itself was very tasty and had a nice kick to it, though it didn’t blow me away. The fries were good too, but the fry sauce wasn’t thick enough for proper dipping, as far as I’m concerned. Any burger can be “crunchified” by adding potato chips to it for free. In the future, I want to try their shakes (they have a cool list of flavors and you can order your shake spiked with a shot of alcohol. I also need to try their cactus pear margarita, since I had something similar at Mesa Grill and loved it. If you’re not a meat eater and insist on ordering a salad at a burger place, Bobby’s Burger Palace has you covered with salads that sound legitimately good. The interior is sleek and cool-looking and the staff are very friendly. This is a solid spot if you’re craving a good burger, and the menu offers far more inventive choices than the standard options at Five Guys and Shake Shack. It’s also nice to be able to order your burger the way you want it cooked. That said, I’m not going to crave Bobby’s Burger Palace over Shake Shack or Five Guys going forward; all three satisfy my craving for a fattening, delicious burger that’s more than a cut above a Big Mac or a Whopper.