Forget the hookah café and the pizza joints — super chef Bobby Flay is opening a Bobby’s Burger Palace location at the new Varsity apartment building on Route 1, and he’s bringing the booze.
The menu is available for download on the Burger Palace website and features burgers for between $6.75 and $7.75. It also lists $3 fries and $7.50 “spiked milkshakes” — ol’ Bobby smashed the “Burger Palace vs. Five Guys” debate into little pieces before he even moved in.
The restaurant is set to open “sometime next month,” according to the Washington Post.
While Post food critic Tom Sietsema wasn’t a fan of the burgers, we think it’s at least worth giving the place a shot: Any guy who looks like a ginger Ray Liotta and hosts a show called “THROWDOWN” probably knows a thing or two about cookin’ up cows. He did, after all, write a book about pretty much everything on the restaurant’s menu.
Former Diamondback editor Adi Joseph tells us he’s been to the Burger Palace in Philadelphia: “It was pretty delicious,” he wrote. “The burger was good, but the barbecue sauce was spectacular.” Campus Drive has always known Joseph to be a fair and even-handed judge, but it should also be noted that we have never seen him dislike any cheeseburger ever.
Sietsema’s review of D.C.’s Burger Palace also mentions the sauces, and he wrote that the Palace is a snazzy, “tasteful” place. But he then goes on to use words like “tepid” and “regrettable,” and phrases like “very little flavor” and “I feel like a sucker.”
There is good news, however — Sietsema said Flay’s milkshakes are off the proverbial chain, and, while we were researching Flay’s “Throwdown” cookbook, we discovered Amazon.com totally sells throwing knives for, like, 7 bucks.
(And, for you Mad Men fans out there: There were rumors floating around, once upon a time, that Burgerman Bobby was somehow involved with Betty Draper, aka “January Jones,” aka “rich, beautiful woman who is apparently into guys who smell like fajitas.”)