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Staff Picks: Burger Places with Great Beer

Sometimes all you want is a great burger and the beverage that goes alongside it isn't too important. But other times, access to a wide variety of awesome beer is equally crucial to eating a delicious burger. For those times, we've compiled a list of a few favorite spots across the nation to simultaneously satisfy a craving for an exceptional pint and a delicious beef patty. Click through the slideshow to see all of our picks. More

Reality Check: Bobby Flay's Green Chile Cheeseburger

Last month, Bobby Flay won the "Amstel Light People's Choice Award" at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival with his Green Chile Cheeseburger. Available just last week at all Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) locations to commemorate his win, the cheeseburger is made with the customary griddled beef patty, queso sauce, roasted green chiles, pickled red onions, and Flay's signature layer of "crunchifying" potato chips. More

Washington, DC: A Solid Classic in Thunder Burger's Gothic Rock Dungeon

Thunder Burger bills itself as an "edgy, rock & roll dining experience" and in some respects, that's exactly what it does. From neon pink highlights to a gothic rock dungeon aesthetic (think metal-studded leather and mythical creatures) and an assortment of non-standard burgers (like elk and bison), Thunder Burger puts in a lot of effort to deliver on edge. But none of that really matters if the eponymous burger isn't any good. Thankfully, Thunder Burger delivers a solid burger that's not all flash. More

The 99% Burger and 1% Burger at BLT Steak in Washington, DC

Since the beginning of the month, BLT Steak in Washington DC has been offering a rotating lunch-only line-up of political burgers, including these Occupy movement-themed burgers: the 99%, a patty melt made of a 6-ounce Angus beef patty topped with American cheese (and onions, I'd assume) on Wonder Bread for $9.99, and the 1%, a burger made of an 8-ounce Kobe beef patty, braised Kobe short rib, foie gras, gold leaf, and Grey Poupon for $58. You can see photos of the burgers at Washingtonian. More

Washington, DC: Crushed Spirits and Crushed Burgers at Good Stuff Eatery

It might have been that I stopped in D.C. during the bottom half of a long day of driving and eating. It could have been that I'd already been to a half dozen family-owned, personality-packed, awesomely tasty pizza and sandwich shops in Trenton, Philadelphia, and Baltimore earlier in the day and the bar was set high. It could also have ben that I expected more from a burger concept run by former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn, a guy who seems to be seriously into this kind of food. Whatever the reason, Washington, D.C.'s Good Stuff Eatery was at once promising, tasty, and soul-crushingly, maddeningly, frustratingly terrible. More

Washington, D.C.: Stoney's Lounge

Washington, D.C. locals used to flock to Stoney's on L Street in NW for good burgers, cheap beer, and a motley cast of characters. Reinvented in a new location in 2007, the new Stoney's Lounge is a dive no longer, sporting a pub menu with some traditional American fare and about ten taps of microbrews and popular craft beers. While I didn't meet many characters, I did encounter something I wasn't expecting: a complicated but tasty pub burger. More

Washington, D.C.: At RFD, Bet Big on Buffalo

At first glance, RFD in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown looks like just another tourist bar and grille. Maybe it's the reflection from nearby Fuddruckers and Hooters restaurants in the windows that help hide this local standout. A step inside isn't inspiring until you reach the bar area, where RFD (standing for "Regional Food and Drink") sports a few dozen of its hundreds of beers ready for your palate. More

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