With Memorial Day right around the corner, it seems appropriate that May has been deemed National Salad Month. While unbeknownst to many, much of DC has been celebrating these four weeks of lettuce inadvertently. As the layers shed, people are realizing that the only six-packs to be seen on their bodies reside in guts produced by a winter of consuming them.
Whether you’re a nutritionist, dieter, or vegetarian, the health benefits of fruits and veggies are indubitably positive. Although salads are simple to construe, readily available, and easy on the wallet, they can tire quickly. Munching on carrots may prevent you from asking, “What’s up, doc?”, but a month of consuming strictly produce can make you a very cranky (albeit fit) rabbit.
For the Bugs Bunnies of the world buggin’, a reason to ingest less legume and more meat exists. While it may be a bit of a contradiction, May is also National Hamburger Month. If you’re a carnivore, celebrating this juicy (and slightly greasy) alternative may be more up your alley. Swap your Guinness for a bloody mary, ask for extra celery, and pour exorbitant amounts of ketchup so that you can check out Georgetown’s burger joints with a clear conscience. While beef patties are typically found on any menu, there are a few worth mentioning due to their budget-friendly and taste bud pleasing qualities.
- Five Guys (1335 Wisconsin Ave): Despite being a chain, these establishments are loved by critics and patrons alike for their burgers and fries. Although hot dogs are available, save them for your next BBQ and splurge on a mac daddy patty. Not to be confused with a Big Mac, these beefcakes meet the criteria of a value menu in price, but supersede it in taste. With free toppings ranging from grilled mushrooms to tomatoes and fries “cooked in pure, no cholesterol, tasty peanut oil”, this guilty pleasure will weigh more in your belly than it does on your mind.
- Johnny Rockets (3131 M St): Although it looks innocent enough with its classic Americana decor, the 13 burgers featured on its menu hint that there may be a mischievous agenda residing beneath its wholesome facade. You may be tempted to eat more than one Smoke House Double with its onion rings, crispy bacon, and low prices, but two of these bad boys would definitely damage your physique and potentially harm your arteries.
- Chadwicks (3205 K St): With happy hour every day from 4-7 pm and half-price burgers on Monday, Chadwicks can be a dangerous (yet delicious) place to dine. Whether you’re hankering for a juicy 7 oz Angus or looking to stir things up with the alternative BBQ brisket sliders, it’s guaranteed that your mouth will be salivating and tummy will be satiated. Added bonus? Tickets for Georgetown’s AMC Loews (normally $11) can be purchased for $7.50 here. Chadwicks provides the perfect ending to a manic Monday which will titillate your taste buds and tickle your thrifty soul.
- Mr. Smith’s (3104 M St): Self-proclaimed “the friendliest saloon in town”, this restaurant is also home to the most expensive burger in Georgetown. Priced at $1,000, the Wine Burger is so swanky due to the first part of its name. While the beef may taste better paired with the bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild that accompanies it, the damage it will do to your bank account is destined to make your stomach churn with sesame seed buns and shame. Claiming to serve over a ton of burgers each month, opting to order something less ostentatious is nothing to be ashamed of. For $9 or less, there are a slew of burgers ranging from Oriental to Mexican that are sure to please any palate.
As the end of National Hamburger Month draws nearer, the primo protein of Georgetown beckons to be tasted. Although the lettuce to meat ratio may not be enough to abolish the woes of winter’s love handles, the beef enjoyed will be well worth feeling slightly beefy.