Washingtonian Does Burger Brackets

While I love any and all D.C. area burger coverage, I'm not sure how I feel about Washingtonian's latest burger feature.

Taking 16 of the D.C. area's (best? most well known? what?) burger joints and slapping them in a March Madness bracket doesn't seem very original. With matchups like Z Burger vs Ray's Hell Burger (is it even close??) and Five Guys vs Fuddruckers, it comes across as a cheap way to get in on NCAA fever. They're not even seeded for pete's sake... Maybe it's because I'm never satisifed with Top 10..20..100 or whatever lists. There's 100's, if not 1,000's of D.C., Maryland and Virginia burger spots that put out quality burgers and only putting the "popular ones" into these brackets is weak. Yeah, people eat this shit up, but that's 'cause it's easy and the masses love easy-to-digest lists and pictures. If anything, these lists provide ideas for those looking for quality burgers, and, don't get me wrong, that's a good thing. But the dives, those hole-in-the-wall spots that don't get a passing glance from most, but still manage to churn out tasty fare, they deserve some love too. Hopefully, this blog will give people a more complete look at the D.C. burger picture, and not just the easy snapshots the Post and Washingtonian insist on offering up.

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