Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Good Taste: New burger on the block

The Good Stuff Melt. (Photo courtesy of Good Stuff Eatery)<br />
The Good Stuff Melt. (Photo courtesy of Good Stuff Eatery)

The chain burger war is officially raging just north of Rittenhouse Square now that Good Stuff Eatery, Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn's D.C.-based concept, has finally opened on 18th Street within blocks of Shake Shack and Five Guys.

The revamp of the old Numa took nearly a year, but the bi-level space with the airy second-floor dining room was worth it.

And the burgers are excellent, too, a distinctly thicker patty than its two direct competitors - 5.3 ounces of blended chuck, brisket, and short rib that the grill chefs actually managed to cook medium-rare on request.

I still prefer Shake Shack's shakes (and still crave their old-school thin-patty style). The fries are best at Five Guys.

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    But with more toppings, including a Muenster-and-cheddar-topped "Melt" with onions and mushrooms on a sesame potato roll, Good Stuff's burgers are something I might eat - and savor - at home.

    - Craig LaBan
    Good Stuff Melt, $6.98, Good Stuff Eatery, 108 S. 18th St., 267-928-2848; goodstuffeatery.com.

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