Good Stuff Eatery

When I first got my job in the D.C. area in December my initial thought was “Oh, good, I get to go to Good Stuff.” I should probably be concerned that this was my first thought upon receiving a job.

It wasn’t until last week that I finally got to try Spike Mendelsohn’s burger joint. If that name sounds familiar, Mendelson was on a season of Top Chef and Top Chef All Stars. Think fedora.

Mendelsohn opened Good Stuff in July of 2008 followed by We, the Pizza last year.

Recently, he gained a few enemies when he called D.C. a “second-tier city.”  I must say, compared to NYC, D.C. does not compete from a culinary standpoint.  The District definitely is expanding its culinary scene, but do I think it’s at the level of New York? No, no I don’t. Would a make a comment like that if I owned a restaurant in D.C.? No, no I would not.

Despite what he said, I still wanted a burger.

Good Stuff Eatery is located in the Capitol Hill area. There is outdoor seating as well as seating inside the casual two-floor restaurant. Simply go up to the counter and order from the basic All-American menu: burgers, fries, onion petals, chili, shakes, floats etc.

I went with the Good Stuff Melt: Cheddar and Muenster cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms and the Good Stuff Sauce. The sauce is basically a miz of molasses, mayo and ketchup.

Look at the sloppy mess! Beautiful!  While the toppings were all delicious and my meat was cooked medium (they don’t ask you, but I would prefer medium rare– just sayin’), the burger itself was not very juicy nor did it have much flavor. I became aware of this after my mom kept saying “I don’t taste burger. Ya know? Burger, I just don’t taste it. That burger flavor.” Go eat one from Good Stuff, and it will all make sense.

My dad ordered Coletti’s Smokehouse. Bacon, cheddar, onion petals, with a chipotle BBQ sauce. He said while it tasted good, it was the toppings that were bringing all the flavor. I did however like that they put their burger buns on the grill to give it a slight crisp.

For sides, we split the handcut fries and the onion petals. The petals had a little bit of a kick to them and the fries were good, but not a standout.

So, what was the standout? The toasted marshmallow milkshake. I had a toasted marshmallow milkshake a couple years ago in NYC and I have been craving one since. Who would have thought I could get one in a second-tier city?! Too soon?

Bring on the brain freeze is right, Spike!  I have an incredible sweet tooth (I don’t like to brag though) so I found this shake to be delicious. If you’re not into getting diabetes you may want to pass this one up. Or, if you want to try another flavor the black & white shake seemed to be a popular choice when looking around.

Would I tell people this is the best burger joint in the area? No. Am I happy I went? Yeah, I am! After six months of waiting, I was happy to finally try it and give it my own review. I’d be happy to go back for a shake.

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6 responses to “Good Stuff Eatery

  1. I’ve never liked Spike too much. I don’t like how he considers himself a top tier chef in DC, while he only makes burgers and pizza. Open a real restaurant, then you can start criticizing other restaurants/cities. And from what I remember, the egg burger was great, but now that I think about it, the burgers do lack flavor. The fries however were great.

  2. Becky

    I think Greg and I will have to go back for a second try, the excitement over eating at a “celebrity” chef’s restaurant may have hindered our taste buds. But I too recall the egg burger being delicious. Also…your mom should probably write a guest review…she sounds like quite the intuitive lady, just saying.

  3. Thanks for the comments @Greg and @Becky. If you make a trip back let me know. Perhaps if I go back for a shake I’ll order the egg burger too.

  4. We were in D.C. a few months back and ate at Good Stuff based on reviews and a friend’s recommendation. The burgers were okay, but your point about them not being “burgery” enough is spot on.

    And the marshmallow shake was easily the high point… that we had to toss on the walk back to the car because it was just so sweet. The biggest letdown was the fries. They were barely mediocre, just soggy and sad.

    All in all, we felt like we should’ve gone to the farmer’s market around the corner…

    • Thanks for the comment Joey. Despite the negative reviews like yours (and kinda like mine) about Good Stuff, other people seem to disagree. Good Stuff is opening two more locations! One in Crystal City and one in Georgetown.

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