Immediately west of Washington DC, the Georgetown neighborhood has been lucky enough to see the benefits of so many young professionals streaming into the city in recent years, bringing energy and money that has revitalized this area into one of the hippest in town. Along the main stretch of M Street sits Thunder Burger & Bar, a rocker-themed dive with a low-lit interior for something of a rocker experience. But what has really gotten Thunder out there has been its namesake burger, which has quickly gained notoriety in the local dining scene as well as across the nation for its quality. And it delivers.
The Thunder Burger. It’s a half-pound delight served on a sesame seed bun. Per the kitchen, you really ought to order it medium-well. The kicker for this patty is just how fall-apart juicy it is. You take a bite and it’s like the whole burger melts in your mouth. Top it with just about anything you want; the namesake Thunder Burger comes with a small set of pre-determined ingredients, including charred peppers wasabi mayo and some veggies. Premium toppings pineapple salsa, brie cheese and even pulled pork come for a bit extra.
One way or another, the burger is fantastic. The slightly grilled bun can hardly hold all of the flavor. There are a lot of different toppings combinations to try on this burger, but whatever you pick, it’s worth the try. The classic side of fries comes by default, but these fries have the added bonus of being topped with some garlic and sea salt, giving them an added dimension that complements the savory taste of the beef well.
I had a good experience in the low-lit bar. It’s a narrow spot, and the stone walls give it something of a claustrophobic feel, which is different from some of the other hotspots in the DC area. I’ve seen some notes about the staff, but I found the experience with the service to be very pleasant. Thunder Bar deliberately cultivates something of an edgy feel, so I can understand if that kind of an attitude might step on a few toes.
The rocker theme of Thunder Burger and Bar seems like something of an anarchonism in the ritzy Georgetown neighborhood, but that attitude is not an act. This spot makes a great burger, and the accolades it’s received in this city for that food is well deserved. The Thunder Burger is definitely worth a visit.
- The menu is pretty sizable with bar food, but the famous Thunder Burger is the one you really ought to try first.
- The Thunder Burger is served medium rare, which isn’t to some people’s tastes. If so, take care to let the staff know, as they might not ask how you want it cooked.
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