11.17.2009

Other People's News: Burgers & Cupcakes

Like it, love it or gimme a big ol' eye roll, the cupcakes and gourmet burgers just won't quit.

On the burger front, Eater posted a video of former Top Chef contestant Richard Blais (right) telling NBC Washington's Lindsay Czarniak that he's hoping to open a Flip Burger Boutique around the Verizon Center next spring.

Flip Burger serves some eclectic spins on the classic like a Southern burger with a country fried beef patty, pimento cheese, pickles and green tomato ketchup and non-beef options including crab, tuna and lamb burgers.

But will his liquid nitrogen Krispy Kreme milkshake give fellow Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn's toasted marshmallow shake at Good Stuff Eatery a run for its money?

Moving to DC's other dominating food trend, we just got a cupcake cart: Curbside Cupcakes. You can track them on Twitter here, and read more over on Washingtonian.

Cupcake lovers read on ... the Washington Business Journal reports that New York City-based Crumbs Bake Shop plans to open multiple shops in the DC area, including Georgetown, Cleveland Park, Foggy Bottom, Rockville, Clarendon and Reston.

The shops offer more than 50 types of cupcakes, from the white hot chocolate (pictured at left, a vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting, white chocolate chips and marshmallows) to the grasshopper (chocolate cake filled with chocolate fudge and topped with mint cream cheese frosting, chocolate cake crumbs and chocolate chips).

10 comments:

iEatDC said...

Awwww I <3 Blais. Looking forward to it!

FrenchTwistDC said...

Around the Verizon Center? I like the sound of that...
Oh, & I tried Curbside Cupcakes yesterday... not bad.

Sam said...

I've been to the Flip Burger in Atl a few times and absolutely love it. Better than Good Stuff in my opinion.

Amanda said...

Good to hear reports on both fronts, FrenchTwist and Sam.

Flip Burger's menu certainly looks ambitious. Sam - did you get a regular burger or one of the more creative types?

Sam said...

Between my friends orders and mine, I've tried a lot of the options. Notably, the butcher's cut, the rBQ, and po boyger, and the lamburger. All were fantastic, with butcher's being my favorite. The burgers are a little smaller than I was used to, but they tend to be plenty filling without the over-stuffed feeling I sometimes get after a big burger.

Also, the sides and shakes are fantastic if you need a little extra to fill up.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, when DC jumps on a bandwagon we do it 150%! Albeit about a year behind the wagon. What does that say about our town? Lacking in innovation? Or are people just looking for concepts that are affordable with mass appeal in one of the few markets that has some promise?

Anonymous said...

Anon- DC has been away ahead of the burger craze, for years arguably. Five Guys was one the first "better burgers" that most metropolitan areas are now obsessed with. And our better restaurants have had great burgers for years.

Anonymous said...

Enough of the cupcakes already. Can we get a decent bakery that makes bread in this town already?!?!

Lizard said...

I was in Atlanta for three days this summer, and we went to Flip Burger twice for dinner. It was that good, and who knew when we'd make it back. I can't wait for it to come here.

Miss Pancakes said...

Don't know if ANYTHING will be able to top Magnolias in NYC!