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March 3, 2006

Appetite, Interrupted

f-Lindy.jpgWho has not tasted the salty anticlimax of an appetite unfulfilled? General consensus would answer this question with ‘the loyal clients of Lindy’s Red Lion’ in Foggy Bottom. But is it true? I ventured to test the hypothesis with an afternoon burger.

The bar and upstairs has the usual ‘best burger’ propaganda and signed photos that are required by law at all burger joints, and the chairs and tables are reassuringly cramped. In fact, it has all the hallmarks of a great food find: sprawls of yuppies toasting the weekend with cheap beer, tough world-hardened waitresses, and highschoolers from Minnesota who have wandered in by mistake.

What it doesn’t have is good burgers. When my defeated-looking basket arrived, the tiny meat patty reminded me of the Midwestern highschoolers, cold, thin, and greasy. The dusty sponge of a bun flopped limply on the side, and my guacamole had been forgotten by an overworked kitchen.

Now, it’s true that I was hungry as only great expectations can make you. So imagine my unhappiness when on top of taste issue, I then spent the next half hour at a Starbucks table trying not to be ill. Man, I leave the city for one year and look what happens.

Posted by zaf at March 3, 2006 2:43 PM


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My fiance, a GWU student, assures me that in order to get good food from Lindy's, don't go inside. He swears that the takeout window either has a different kitchen or just tastes like one.

Posted by: SEP at March 6, 2006 10:28 AM

Must just be tastes like one -- it's the same kitchen. They've got a dumb-waiter that takes the food from the kitchen downstairs up to the bar/restaurant area.

Posted by: amg at March 6, 2006 12:25 PM

Go back and try it again, it must have been a fluke. The food is typical bar food, and it's not >the best< food you'll find in DC, but it's more than adequate, better than any of the other area bars (ty them if you don't believe me), and most importantly, cheap. Lindy's is one of the only places in the Foggy Bottom area where you can get decent food and beer without spending $50.

Full disclosure - I've been an undergrad and grad student at GW, and I've been going to the Lion for more than 10 years.

Posted by: GWU Grad at March 6, 2006 6:22 PM


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