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Sign of the Whale
1825 M Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20036-2503 (map)–
A Whale of a Tale –
While working in Washington, DC, my wife had flown in for the weekend and we did our usual seeing the sights, taking in the history of our nation’s capitol, and of course seeking out the best burger. I read a few reviews that a tavern on M street had a very good burger. It was a Monday night so we hopped on the Red line Metro and headed off to the Farragut North stop. It was frigid and windy night in DC, something that two people from Louisiana aren’t used too. The walk from the metro stop to the Whale resulted in frozen hands and noses, but the second we stepped in and saw the sign for Sign of the Whale, I was glad we made the trip. Once inside, we were met by a long wooden bar that led towards the back past some tables and chairs where a fireplace was burning adding a very cozy warmth to the place. Our evening got even better once the waiter (yes, this is a sit down pub) informed us that Monday night was 1/2 off Burger Night!!!
From the Belly of a Whale –
I ordered my usual, cheeseburger with everything on it and my wife had her usual, plain hamburger with lettuce and mayonnaise only. The burgers arrived at our table with a toothpick holding everything in place. I prefer a burger to be tightly packaged where all of the components take burger form and do not easily fall out of position. This wasn’t a problem as I always tend to pull a burger apart where the lettuce meets the patty to add more ketchup before I eat it. The burger was of a decent size, around 1/3rd of a pound and was easily handled although I definitely needed both hands for the first few bites . The meat was seasoned well and was not dry but was not particularly juicy either. It was paired with an onion roll and your standard 1/4″ french fries. The overall flavor was good throughout and it was a good burger, that at 1/2 off , hit the spot.
The Wrap it up –
While I think this place is better known for it’s bar scene, the burgers are definitely a high point. My favorite thing about the Whale and the reason I would go back was the atmosphere. With it’s cozy fireplace and pressed tin ceilings, I enjoyed looking around at all of the architectural detail almost as much as I enjoyed the burger. I would make sure, however, that the night of my return would be on 1/2 off burger night, because at full price this would turn any burger lover into a veritable Captain Ahab still searching for the white burger whale.