Think having burgers on your menu lowers the classy quotient on your events? Not so! Burgers have long since shed their image of a meager drive-thru snack and have landed with prominent menu placement at famed restaurants nationwide.
Now featuring a wide range of meats, toppings and buns, they can even be the best-sellers or sole focus of many popular eateries. And they have the clientele to support them. Just consider President Obama, who has made headlines for picking up a burgers around DC at Ray's Hell Burger and chain Five Guys.
Indulge your event attendees in this American favorite. Host a meeting at one of the following restaurants whose burgers have garnered recognition and spots on "Best Of," "Top 10," and "Favorite" lists year after year.
Rare Bar & Grill
New York restaurant Rare Bar & Grill has expertly walked the line between a casual burger joint and exclusive steakhouse with its varied selection. Made with Grade A American chuck beef, it's options include the Mexican, served with a spiced black bean spread, guacamole and chipotle puree, and the M&M Burger, flambeed in whiskey and topped with caramelized shallots, cheddar cheese and apple smoked bacon. Steakhouse burgers take things up a notch, with selections including the New York Strip topped with Roquefort cheese and double smoked bacon and the Kobe Teriyaki covered with teriyaki sauce and sauteed scallions.
All the burgers can be personalized with topping options such as brie cheese, fried egg, basil pesto, truffle butter and grilled portobello. Classic burger sides are available, including three kinds of fries, beer-battered onion rings and homemade slaw. Rare Bar & Grill's location on Lexington Avenue offers its Lexington Lounge for private events. The restaurant also offers top-notch New York City catering.
Good Dog Bar and Restaurant
Philadelphia may be known for its cheesesteaks, but there's certainly room for more than one culinary delight in this town. Good Dog is a great Philadelphia restaurant to find one of the city's best burgers, with its eponymous burger offering a generous half-pound of house ground sirloin stuffed with Roquefort cheese, topped with caramelized onions and served on toasted brioche. You can also enjoy a burger sans-cheese center. Both are served with a side of Good Dog's signature mix of hand-cut shoestring potatoes.
Good Dog offers Philadelphia party space on its second floor for functions of up to 454 people. Rentals on its second and third floors can be arranged for up to 125 people.
Located in the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC hotel, Westend Bistro features a lively menu of dishes that follow Culinary Director Eric Ripert's philosophy of simple, straightforward recipes. The Classic Burger is no different. Boasting Angus sirloin seasoned by only salt and pepper, fresh onions, lettuce and tomato, and a fluffy Challah bun, it proves that there's no need to mess with a classic.
With its stylish interior of raised banquettes and tones of amber, red and blood orange, this elegant Washington, DC restaurant is available for corporate meetings, holiday parties and other private events.
Bistro Don Giovanni
Don't let the Italian and Country French-themed menu at Bistro Don Giovanni fool you. Among the menu selections of mushroom risotto and lamb-stuffed roasted peppers is a burger than Oprah named as one of the best in America. The grilled bistro burger is topped with grilled onions and slathered in a savory garlic aioli.
The rustic bistro, located in Napa Valley, has indoor and outdoor spaces for private events. Its outdoor terraces, which feature heaters for cooler evenings, can seat 45 to 25 guests, respectively.