Are cupcakes passé yet? Please? Hamburgers, on the other hand, cannot possibly ever be overexposed.
Shake Shack is coming to DC, specifically 1216 18th Street NW (Dupont Circle area), in 2011. This will put them in direct, delicious competition — just 1.5 blocks away — with Rogue States. Perhaps SS will avoid a situation like the current legal brouhaha between RS and Steptoe & Johnson, who still have not resolved the issue of smoke and odors from RS’s ventilation system.
Just north of the Circle, additional burger options include BGR (1514 Connecticut) and, of course, Five Guys (1645 Connecticut), who are beefing up their path to global domination: 5G has 630 outlets in 41 states plus Canada and expect to have 775 stores in operation by the end of 2010, according to a recent article in Nation’s Restaurant News (avail only to subscribers online). Must sound crazy to those who remember when they were just a several (or single, if you really have a good memory) outlet local chain. The NRN article also notes that “the better-burger market is filling rapidly” — I’ll say! Better burgers than cupcakes.
That’s not even to mention Good Stuff or Z Burger, both of which I have not tried due to inconvenient locations (neither downtown nor Dupont nor Wheaton/Silver Spring), but at this rate it can’t be long until they open Dupont locations (I know GS plans more outlets, not sure where). Meanwhile, in Wheaton we “settle” for the Royal Mile burger which really isn’t settling at all because it is quite good, but more of a commitment (of time if not $$) than these other gourmet-but-still-fast-food options. I’d like to do a taste test with all of the above, but I’m not sure I can handle the truth, at least not in a single sitting.