By Monica Smith-Acuna
Classic burger joints have gone chic. Burgers with foie gras and quail eggs have become part of the mainstream. Regular fries have been replaced by sweet potato fries, dusted with sage, sea salt and gold leaf. (OK, I made that last one up, but still...) So, why wouldn't we also jazz up our condiments, too? Here are a few places that realize regular ketchup just doesn't cut it sometimes.
Good Stuff Eatery (303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) boasts four flavors of their drool-inducing mayonnaise (can I get a hell yes?): chipotle, mango, Old Bay and Sriracha. I am forever embroiled in a battle against myself deciding which is the best. I love these mayos so much that I've been known to dip my village fries, Prez Obama burger and even my toasted marshmallow milkshake (did I go too far with that one?) into these unique condiments.
I like Big Buns (4401 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, Va.) and I cannot lie. Why? Because here diners can top their fish filets or beef patties with buttermilk herb ranch, Big Buns honey mustard, chipotle pesto aioli or sweet chili vinaigrette. The chipotle pesto aioli makes is five-star chic and the sweet chili vinaigrette proves that this ain't just for salads any more.
Finally, what a faux pas it would be for Bobby Flay’s street cred if his restaurant didn’t have a few extraordinary condiments. Luckily, Bobby’s Burger Palace (2121 K St., NW. ) doesn’t disappoint, with its long list of original sauces, including chipotle mayo, honey horseradish mayo, housemade BBQ, "burger sauce," Meyer lemon mustard and more. Don’t be scared off by the burger sauce’s questionable consistency (that stuff is chunky). By the end of the meal you’ll be drinking it straight from the bottle.