#BURGERGOALS

It’s summertime and burgers are a staple summer dish. Making the perfect burger can be hard—but I was happy to find that Shirlington has the best options! 

STOP #1: BIG BUNS, DAMN GOOD BURGER: 

Big Buns Damn Good Burger’s name speaks for itself! They literally have a burger on the menu for whatever mood you are in. I love anything spicy so I ordered the “ HOT and HEFE”. It was loaded with heat so I highly recommend it. What really makes this space cool is they have some of the most unique burger options. Anything you can think of on a burger, they can do it and do it well Who eats a burger without a milkshake? Be sure to add one to your order—I recommend the cookie dough!

STOP #2: BUSBOYS & POETS 

It’s hard to get your hands on a really good turkey burger and Busboys & Poets has mastered it! I order it every time along with a side of sweet potato fries. This place is not just a restaurant but also a really cool book store featuring a lot of local writers. If you are in the mood for a little spoken word and a good bite to eat, check them out!

STOP #3: CARLYLE 

Burgers always make me think of summer, especially when they are fresh off the grill. Carlyle really knows how to give you the fresh off the grill flavor just like at the summertime cookout. The flavor is so perfect you can’t go wrong with just ordering the cheeseburger. What I love about Carlyle is they make the perfect french fries to pair—who doesn’t love a string fry? 

Check me out as I explore the best of burgers in Shirlington! 


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Samantha E is a creative consultant with a keen eye for detail. After growing up in Arkansas she ventured to North Carolina where she earned her bachelor’s in business administration from Bennett College for Women. Samantha then moved to the district to pursue her professional career and start the Samantha E brand and blog as a creative outlet along the way. Samantha E’s value lies in collaborating to create a breathtaking story. She has worked in retail and the personal styling world for brands like Banana Republic, Gap and Trunk Club. When not creating content over on Samantha E  you’ll find her on IG at S.E.COLE, eating her way through different cities, exploring the outdoors and cooking yummy meals at home.