Good Stuff Eatery – DC

DC 2012 03.jpgI headed down to DC over Easter weekend because I wanted to catch the cherry blossoms… but with a mild winter and an unseasonably warm end to winter, the blossoms were all gone by that time, ugh. I saw more blossoms in NYC than I did in DC… in any case, I asked my friend Aimee for suggestions where to eat. She mentioned Good Stuff Eatery whose owner, Spike Mendelsohn, I’d previously met. (I was feeling particularly lazy and uninclined to look up my own places to visit.)ย  When we arrived, I was pretty surprised to see how it was just like an indoor Shake Shack – a burger joint, basically, order at the counter, get a pager and grab your food when it’s ready.

And it’ll take forever because it’s all made to order.ย  Especially when someone takes your milk shake and they have to make another one because they didn’t check to make sure the person taking the milk shake was the rightful owner…

DC 2012 04.jpgThough there was a toasted marshmallow shake on the menu that called to me, I decided to get the seasonal option: one celebrating the cherry blossom festival, since I couldn’t go. Unfortunately, the artificial cherry was super cloying and just not pleasant at all, even with chunks of cherries in it. I was extremely disappointed in this…

DC 2012 05.jpgDLS opted for a simple root beer float and seemed happy with it.

DC 2012 06.jpgI thought our fries were only alright, a bit soft.

DC 2012 07.jpgDC 2012 09.jpgWe split two burgers: first, the Colletti’s Smokehouse: Applewood Bacon, Sharp Vermont Cheddar Fried Vidalia Onion Rings With Chipotle BBQ Sauce. Both of us thought this was OK. We hadn’t been asked how we’d like our burgers cooked, and while you could tell they were made fresh and with real meat, the meat didn’t really have anything special going for it.

DC 2012 08.jpgDC 2012 10.jpgThe other burger we tried was the Spike’s Sunnyside: Dairy Fresh Cheese, Applewood Bacon A Farm Fresh Fried Egg On A Brioche Bun With Good Stuff Sauce. We both liked this one better – the egg was awesome, and everything just worked together. But even so, the burger was less about everything working together to create an awesome burger and more about the mess of food it was. I wasn’t impressed.

And for about $30 for the two of us… meh.

DC 2012 15.jpgSince we went to the Capitol Hill location, we wandered around outside and I took pictures of the Capitol for a bit.

DC 2012 14.jpgUnfortunately, the peak is under restoration or something, so there was scaffolding around the top to mess up my photos…

DC 2012 13.jpgLibrary of Congress.

DC 2012 16.jpgCloser up. This may have been one of the shots where I sat on the floor to get it… I learned that from my dad, sometimes you have to just find a better position to frame the shot the way you want to.

Back to the food: I thought Good Stuff Eatery was suitable for a quick bite – even though it took a good 15 minutes or longer to get our food, and only because there was no line when we got there – but it wasn’t anything to get you excited.

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  1. says

    This is pretty much exactly how I feel about this place, hence I’ve only been once haha. I liked the toasted marshmallow shake but I felt pretty nauseous the rest of the day, haha.

    • says

      Thanks Steph! I think you should try making your own. I also think this was the first time I had an egg on my burger but it was not as noticeable as I’d like; I want a sunny side up that oozes when I bite into it, yummmmm.

  2. T.C. says

    $30? I think I’d be disappointed too.
    If only, Shake Shack has a bacon cheeseburger or burger with a sunnyside-up fried egg. drools.

    Nice DC scenery.

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