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DC's Burger Tap & Shake: favorite fun foods, done gourmet!

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DC's Washington Circle is now the site of a fun, delicious burger restaurant: Burger Tap & Shake. I was happy to be hosted to experience it! I live in Baltimore and with our dearth of great burger places, it's definitely worth hopping a MARC train down to enjoy.

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They have plenty of outdoor seating, where people can bring their dogs. I brought mine, Mr. Jefferson of (West) Virginia. As you can see, the delicious smells definitely kept him alert and well behaved.

Burger Tap & Shake puts all of their resources into quality ingredients. That means it's not a "designery" setting and the prices are really reasonable: under $10. Here's some info about them:

Throughout the day, we grind on premise a custom blend of 3-day aged, naturally raised Local Harvest beef chuck and brisket. Char-griddled and served on a buttered, toasted, house made bun. By focusing on premium sourcing and in-house production - from pickles to ice cream - we are able to serve a great burger at a great price.

BTS is a counter service, seat-yourself burger joint with an atmosphere of no-nonsense industrial chic: light cement floors, an exposed black ductwork ceiling, and a cement bar faced with rough-hewn reclaimed wood. The walls of the open stainless steel grill-kitchen are lined with work-a-day subway tile. When your burger is ready, it is presented on a quarter-size metal sheet pan topped with a sheet of paper - no fuss, no muss, no plate!

The June special was the "Waterman," otherwise known as the absolutely very best soft shell crab sandwich I've ever eaten. It was large and had a light, crunchy tempura-like batter, with thinly mandolined red onions and lightly dressed with Old Bay remoulade.

They have several kinds of signature burgers, not all with beef . . . but beef was the way I went! The Big Daddy burger is perfectly cooked to order, generous and juicy, with lots of the "good stuff" on top -- as you can see in the slide show: smoked Benton bacon (Allan Benton is said to produce the very best bacon in the USA), buttermilk blue cheese (creamy and rich), Lea & Perrins mushrooms, AP sauce (their house blend of mayo, ketchup, mustard, BBQ and chipotle sauces).

They have local and other small craft beers, as well as various soft drinks to quench your thirst. For something sweet and rich, they make several milkshakes, including one with candy pieces. For an adult twist, try one of the "shaketails,", such as Talladega Nights: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, house made Limoncello, vanilla ice cream and lemon juice. Refreshing on a hot day!