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sweet potato fries | bobby's burger palace | west end

The D.C. burger tour continues with Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace, which opened at 21st and K in August. Although the line was out the door at lunchtime, the line seemed to move relatively quickly (no 90-minute waits here) since cashiers took orders and distributed number tents. Staff then brought orders out to seated patrons (even at lunchtime, there are plenty of seats at the communal tables).

L.A. Burger (medium, no cheese) | bobby's burger palace | west end

Although I’ve never eaten at any of Bobby Flay’s other restaurants, I’ve assumed that he cooks every piece of meat to perfection (great editing, Food Network!). I’m happy to report that his Burger Palace further perpetuates my assumption. I ordered the L.A. burger without cheese because guacamole is one of my favorite food groups (and cheese is my least). By default, the burgers are cooked perfectly medium, and the patty was well-seasoned. Most impressively, three burgers ordered at three different temperatures (rare, medium, and well done) were each actually grilled as ordered!

Although the sweet potato fries are listed as a “side,” they certainly deserve to share center stage. Bobby’s sweet potato fries are exactly as I like them best — crisp on the outside and tender on the inside! Now if I could get a side of chipotle mayo. . .

P.S. Bobby Flay is having a Q&A session, followed by a book signing, at Sixth & I Synagogue next Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30 P.M. For more info and tickets, click here.