American Restaurant in Washington, DC, United States
Few burgers do high/low as well as Nathan Anda’s ($10). Shredded lettuce, Thousand Island–like sauce, and a blanket of cheddar recall our favorite short-order creations, but there’s nothing budget about the ingredients.
American Restaurant in Bethesda, MD, United States
The black-bean-and-rice patty gets its hue—and flavor—from beets and chopped prunes, and the slight sweetness is an excellent foil for the toppings: lettuce, pickles, jack cheese, yellow mustard, and mayo.
Union Market’s lone full-service restaurant has endured an uneven opening, but one thing it has nailed is this retro classic. Wisely, chef John Mooney has elected not to gussy the sandwich up beyond recognition.