No two burger joints are alike. Local burger joints Z Burger and Good Stuff Eatery are very much different with setting and food. Z Burger is retrospective of the 1950s burger establishments. Good Stuff Eatery brings the farm to the table. This examiner wanted to know which of the two stood out.
The first order was bacon cheeseburger with fries and milkshake. Saturday she went to Z Burger and ordered a bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and sautéed mushrooms; seasoned fries; and a chocolate marshmallow milkshake. Customers can choose the toppings at no charge.
The bacon cheeseburger was excellent. The burger had a somewhat smoky flavor. The lettuce and tomato were fresh and crisp. And the sautéed mushrooms added some extra flavor to the burger. The seasoned fries were seasoned with Old Bay seasoning. Old Bay seasoning can bring ordinary to extraordinary. I definitely liked the fries. And it was even better dipped in Z-sauce.
Z Burger boasts of having seventy-five flavors of milkshake. But who can drink all those flavors? The chocolate milkshake, which was recommended, was a disappointment. It was thick but too sweet and no hint of marshmallow flavor.
Wednesday she went to Good Stuff Eatery and ordered the farmhouse bacon cheese; fries with sea salt; and a black and white milkshake. The bacon cheeseburger has lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and pickles. The examiner was surprise to see that the burger and fixings stay on the bun. The bacon cheeseburger was good. The fries were good but even better with sriracha chili sauce.
The milkshake was the best. The black and white milkshake is a vanilla shake with chocolate fudge on the top and around the cup. It was delicious, smooth and not too sweet. The chocolate and vanilla were in perfect harmony.
The second order was a specialty burger and onion rings. Z Burger doesn’t do specialty burgers. This examiner created a specialty burger ordering a bacon burger with lettuce, tomato, sauteed mushrooms and guacamole (an extra $0.75). The burger was juicy. It was delicious despite the fixings coming apart. The onion rings could have used less batter. It was more dough and less flavor. The coke float was flat.
The second order at Good Stuff Eatery was Cliff's Homegrown Vidalia Onion Petals and Spike's Sunnyside. The onions are sliced like petals and deep fried. Spike's Sunnyside is a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on a brioche bun. The onion petals were delicious. They were lightly battered and you could taste the onions. For a better taste, eat these with sriracha sauce. It may be spicy but it's much better than ketchup. This examiner was impressed with the Sunnyside burger. It was like breakfast on a bun. Add some sriracha for more flavor. This burger won me over and it was better than the bacon cheeseburger. The Classic Coke float isn't much to rave about. The vanilla ice cream was wonderful though.
To sum it up, Z Burger has the better burgers. Good Stuff's milkshake are heavenly and good to the last spoonful. The fries are great at both establishments. Z Burger needs to improve on their onion rings. And the floats were just bland. They both stand out in their own way.
Good Stuff Eatery 3291 M Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20007 (202) 337-4663
Z Burger Express 2412 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20007 (202) 965-7777
Note: Make sure to call Z Burger to see if they have any of the condiments before you arrive. It's an express burger shop which means they might not have everything as their other restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area.