I think I prefer the onion rings at bgr:shack — crunchier, more flavor, and $1 less per order, though the order is a bit smaller and BGR The Burger Joint’s rings are nice big slices. And Mrs. Me and I still prefer the Five Guys fries, the freshest and potato-y-est around, though BGR’s fries have improved over the past couple of years.
But ultimately it’s about the burger, and BGR’s burger is the best we’ve had (though we still haven’t been to Ray’s Hellburger or Good Stuff). If you ask for medium-rare at BGR, you actually get medium-rare. The beef is juicy and has the best beefy flavor of any local burger we’ve found. Burger-to-bun ratio is excellent, and the bun is sturdy enough to deal with all the burger juice runoff. It isn’t cheap — $6.99 for the basic plus another $1 if you want cheese, and $1 more for bacon. Well, I guess it is cheap compared to the burger at Palena, or buying a house in Cleveland Park. Anyway, this is a case where you get what you pay for.
The juxtaposition of modern design with classic rock art/background music is also a lot of fun.