Arlington, VA 22202
video that talks about his expansion into Northern Virginia.
Good Stuff can be found on Crystal Drive which I don't remember from previously living here and looks like it's some sort of chain restaurant mecca. It has Ted's Montana Grill, Starbucks, Chipotle, Jaleo (there must be a gazillion of these now), and many others. This didn't make me hopeful about Good Stuff since while I think the over-commercialization of a concept can still produce flavorful meal; it sucks the soul right out of the restaurant and all you're left with is a big bill, some tasty food but nothing that will hold a memory or an urge to come back
Batch 19 as my beer of choice along with a Steakhouse burger, some of Cliff's Homegrown Vidalia Petals, and a Black & White Shake. I had never had Batch 19 before but it was a full, rich lager with a hint of sweetness.
When you go up to pick up your food, its placed in a paper bag (folded like your old school lunch) on a red tray. I can understand giving you your food like this if you take it to go, but if you're eating in, I'd prefer that your burger doesn't get all scrunched up in it's aluminum foil wrapping. It just comes out looking all squashed and not wholly appetizing. The steakhouse burger includes sauteed mushrooms some breaded & fried onions and steakhouse mayo. While it didn't look like the greatest burger in the world, I have to admit, it was a damn good burger. It was thick, juicy and not overcooked. The outside of the burger had this crispy texture (no, it wasn't the the onions) which you don't find in many burgers and I'm left wondering why not since it gives such a wonderful contrast. The steakhouse mayo (like all their sauces -- which we'll discuss later) was a thoughtful mix of creamy mayo and steak sauce.
wasn't in the mood for something overly hot. Each dipping sauce reflected genuinely the flavors that they were names after without being overwhelming so that you forget you're dipping into mayo also. I would guess they would work well with the fries also but I don't know if I'll ever find that out since I may now forever order the onion petals whenever I go back.
I'm always wary about the celebrity chef and their concept eateries. You're afraid that it's just a commercial venture that takes advantage of the chef's fame instead of focusing on the food. While Good Stuff Eatery may look like a commercial burger factory, the food itself certainly comes through as being well thought out and simply delicious.
P.S. Had a little mishap with pictures and understanding exactly where those pictures were stored. Apologies if you visited and saw endless posts of broken links where there were supposed to be pics and thanks for your patience.