A patty melt may have two of the same defining characteristics of a cheeseburger (the
beef patty and the accompanying cheese), but chefs and patty melt enthusiasts will tell you vehemently they are not the same thing.
A standard patty melt comes served on rye bread (or sourdough if your chef comes from the west coast) and are topped with sauteed or grilled onions. They're also more likely to come with swiss cheese than a standard cheeseburger. A few burger flipping locations even put patty melts on the "sandwich" portion of the menu so as to avoid any confusion.
Patty melts can be hard to find in D.C. — even some restaurants formerly loyal to the sandwich, like Founding Farmers and Stoney's, no longer feature them on the menu. Here are some places to find this underdog burger variation around town.Read More