Cheat Sheet: City Burger in Bethesda

By Rina Rapuano  |  May 29, 2014

The Gist: Food Wine & Co chef Michael Harr gives the fast-food model the chef treatment at this two-week-old burger, hot dog, French fry and milkshake place across the street. Flavor combinations are sophisticated, the meat is all natural and the frozen custard is house-churned.

The Vibe: Both blue-collar and white-collar workers - as well as families - are lining up for the chef’s thoughtfully topped, nicely cooked, reasonably priced quarter-pound patties. (Of course, you can also pick your own toppings.)

Eat This: The Uptown burger topped with roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, blue cheese and “city sauce;” the Pit Stop sporting Cheddar, pepper relish, crispy onion, smoked bacon and BBQ sauce; and the Rooftop Fries sprinkled with sea salt and rosemary.

Drink This: The High Rise milkshake composed of vanilla custard, Heath Bar Crunch, salted caramel and brownie chunks - although, they need to work out the kinks so it’s not too chunky to travel through a straw.

Skip This: The Half Smoke, which mainly suffered from too-wet toppings in a not very sturdy bun. 

For Fans of: Good Stuff Eatery; BGR Burger Joint; Burger Tap & Shake

The Damage: With most burgers priced at (or less than) $5.95, you can easily get out of here for less than $15 per person - even if you go whole hog.

The Verdict: Great for families and quick bite, this might become our go-to spot in Bethesda. 

City Burger, 7015 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-0010