I went to Hamburger Mary's this week, and I think they've got the best burgers in town. I'm curious what everyone else has to say, though. My sever was a little heavy on the innuendos and at some points was flat-out vulgar, and I could've done without that. Great burgers, though. Everyone at my table that got one was really happy with it.
My last couple of trips to the Fillin' Station have been a real disappointment, as I used to love their burgers while hating the service. Now both seem to have gone further downhill.
The Five Guys chain was one of my favorites when I lived in DC, but I feel like the rapid expansion has caused a major decrease in quality. When I want a burger, I don't even consider Five Guys these days. 5 years ago, I had to convince myself not to go there on a weekly (if not daily) basis.
I used to go by a burger place on OBT between Oak Ridge and Sand Lake, Backyard Burgers, I think. They seemed to have a pretty solid fast food burger, but I don't know if this is still the case.
Any recommendations? I know the Taproom at Dubsdred has a good burger, but I never have felt comfortable there. Not really a "burger joint". My favorite burger of all time was at Melody Lanes, a bowling alley around Michigan and Delaney that has been closed for probably 20 years now. My love of patty melts and milkshakes was born at that bowling alley.