Okay, I confess. There really is no bad time for burgers. Summer BBQ? Burgers. Fall tailgate? Burgers. Need a fast dinner on a cold winter night? Burgers. I’m almost always on a quest to find a good DC burger and am always up to try a new spot. Recently, we stumbled upon Z-Burger, a chain local to the DC area with locations in Tenleytown, Columbia Heights, Glover Park, Waterfront, Clarendon, and a few in northern Maryland. For this adventure, we headed to the original Tenleytown location to try Z-Burger’s menu of burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes.
Simply put, the burgers are amazing! They come fresh off the grill – hot and juicy with perfectly melt cheese. Z-Burger offers single or double plain burgers, cheeseburgers, or bacon cheeseburgers. There are tons of toppings including the standard lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayo, and mustard along with some more creative toppings including sweet peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, and sauerkraut. Burgers and hot dogs can also be ordered bunless.
Some reviews on the web assured us Z-Burger had the best onion rings in The District, while others complained they were too doughy. The onion rings were indeed more doughy than traditional crunchy ones. We found their texture to be more like a funnel cake and thought it was a fun twist on a classic. The fries were standard but dipping them in the Z sauce (a ketchup like sauce) gave them an extra zip.
Last, but certainly not least, we knew we had to try one of the shakes. Z-Burger has over 75 flavors to chose from, so there is without a doubt something for everyone. Our go to flavor for desserts is peanut butter and chocolate so when we saw peanut butter cup on the menu, we knew that was the one for us. The shake was a little heavy on the peanut butter but was thick, creamy, and the perfect ending to our burger joint experience.
Z-Burger is a pretty cheap dinner or lunch stop if you manage to control yourself and not order one of everything on the menu. We got in and out for under $30 (2 double cheeseburgers, 1 order of a mix of onion rings and fries, one soda, and one peanut butter cup shake). This was almost a little too much food for one trip, so we suggest making a separate trip just for the shakes. Overall, this is a great stop to satisfy your burger or shake craving.
Burger, onion rings, shakes