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Where to Find Burgers in Unexpected Places

These burgers go beyond the beef patty.

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| Tim Ebner

Eammon's might be known for their fish and chips, but they're deep frying burgers, too. Meanwhile, people flock to Panda Gourmet for Schezuan food, but their cumin burger is also a top favorite.

Sure, the burger is an American invention, but it's also a globally-accepted classic. In fact, many D.C. restaurants have put their own local or ethnic style on this classic dish.

Look closely and it's not hard to spot burgers that are creative and different. Here's a guide to some of the standout sneak-attack burgers around town, found everywhere from nightclubs to teahouses.

What's the weirdest place you've seen a burger in D.C.? Share in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Balkan Grill

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5902A N Kings Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22303
(703) 329-3303
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Looking for a Balkan burger? Balkan Grill serves a Bosnian burger with tomatoes, onions and kaymak, a creamy cheese.

2. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Daikaya is the place for a Japanese-style beef hamburger. The dish comes with a red wine-Worcestershire sauce and a sunny-side egg for $1 extra.

3. DC9 Nightclub

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1940 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 483-5000
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This music venue also serves quality burgers. Order "The Herbert" — a fried green tomato, applewood bacon burger with Tabasco aioli for $12.

4. Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

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728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-8384
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Deep fried burgers are served alongside fish and chips and other popular pub favorites.

5. Grand Trunk

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641 Indiana Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Naan burgers are on the menu at Grand Trunk. These burgers come in the form of a veggie patty with with spinach, peppers, peas, and garam masala.

6. Impala Cantina

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1358 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

For a vegan-friendly Mexican burger, try the Chorifu burger at Impala Cantina. This is a marinated chorizo spiced tofu burger with lettuce, tomato and avocado for $10.

7. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-7949
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Burgers are tapas at Jaleo. These mini "hambugesas" are $7 each, and the patties are made from Spanish ibérico and come topped with ibérico bacon.

8. Mitsitam Cafe

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950 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 633-1000
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The Smithsonian might be the last place to think of for a burger craving, but Mitsitam Cafe inside the National Museum of the American Indian has a buffalo green chile burger that pays homage to the great state of New Mexico.

9. Panda Gourmet

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2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 636-3588
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Next to the Days Inn on New York Avenue, NE sits Panda Gourmet. The restaurant is straight Schezuan with popular items like dan dan noodles, but equally as popular is their burger. It's referred to as the Chinese burger and packs a one-two punch of cumin and spice.

10. Ser

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1110 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203

This new Spanish restaurant in Arlington serves its own spin on a burger, complete with Spanish cheese and a side of patatas bravas.

11. Teaism

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400 8th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004
(202) 638-6010
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There's more than tea at Teaism. A vegetarian-friendly favorite is the organic tempeh burger, served on focaccia with lettuce, mayo and green chutney. Multiple locations.

12. Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 638-0800
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The lunch-time favorite at Zaytinya is the falafel burger. This Lebanese-style burgers come with lemon-dressed cucumbers, tomatoes, hummus and garlic yogurt.

1. Balkan Grill

5902A N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

Looking for a Balkan burger? Balkan Grill serves a Bosnian burger with tomatoes, onions and kaymak, a creamy cheese.

5902A N Kings Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22303

2. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Daikaya is the place for a Japanese-style beef hamburger. The dish comes with a red wine-Worcestershire sauce and a sunny-side egg for $1 extra.

705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. DC9 Nightclub

1940 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This music venue also serves quality burgers. Order "The Herbert" — a fried green tomato, applewood bacon burger with Tabasco aioli for $12.

1940 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Deep fried burgers are served alongside fish and chips and other popular pub favorites.

728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. Grand Trunk

641 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Naan burgers are on the menu at Grand Trunk. These burgers come in the form of a veggie patty with with spinach, peppers, peas, and garam masala.

641 Indiana Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

6. Impala Cantina

1358 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

For a vegan-friendly Mexican burger, try the Chorifu burger at Impala Cantina. This is a marinated chorizo spiced tofu burger with lettuce, tomato and avocado for $10.

1358 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

7. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Burgers are tapas at Jaleo. These mini "hambugesas" are $7 each, and the patties are made from Spanish ibérico and come topped with ibérico bacon.

480 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. Mitsitam Cafe

950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20560

The Smithsonian might be the last place to think of for a burger craving, but Mitsitam Cafe inside the National Museum of the American Indian has a buffalo green chile burger that pays homage to the great state of New Mexico.

950 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

9. Panda Gourmet

2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Next to the Days Inn on New York Avenue, NE sits Panda Gourmet. The restaurant is straight Schezuan with popular items like dan dan noodles, but equally as popular is their burger. It's referred to as the Chinese burger and packs a one-two punch of cumin and spice.

2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Ser

1110 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203

This new Spanish restaurant in Arlington serves its own spin on a burger, complete with Spanish cheese and a side of patatas bravas.

1110 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203

11. Teaism

400 8th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20004

There's more than tea at Teaism. A vegetarian-friendly favorite is the organic tempeh burger, served on focaccia with lettuce, mayo and green chutney. Multiple locations.

400 8th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004

12. Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The lunch-time favorite at Zaytinya is the falafel burger. This Lebanese-style burgers come with lemon-dressed cucumbers, tomatoes, hummus and garlic yogurt.

701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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