Good Stuff Eatery to Hold ‘Great Burger Debate’

by ARLnow.com August 24, 2012 at 11:45 am 4,349 34 Comments

Good Stuff Eatery in Crystal City (2110 Crystal Drive) is holding a “burger debate” just in time for election season.

The restaurant is challenging customers to see if their politics line up with their taste buds by unveiling two new burger offerings: a James Carville burger and a Mary Matalin burger.

The famous political couple, who live in Alexandria, have lent their likenesses to what the restaurant is calling the “Great Burger Debate.” Starting today until Election Day (Nov. 6), Good Stuff will be offering the two burgers at its Crystal City and Capitol Hill locations. Each day, the eatery will tally how many of each burger have been ordered so far.

The Carville burger will match the Democrat’s “spicy personality.” It’s described as “a burger topped with a roasted creole onion slice, southern fried pickles, cheddar cheese and our Ragin’ Cajun Chipotle & Chili BBQ sauce.”

The Matalin burger represents the Republican’s “sophistication and sharp-wit. It’s described as “a burger topped with grilled, organic Portobello ‘shrooms, a goat cheese, fresh tomato and red onions, peppery arugula & a dollop of Peppadew Pepper Mayo.”

A final tally will be announced when the “polls” close on Election Day. Good Stuff held a similar contest for the 2008 presidential election.

  • SomeGuy

    If they’d discount those two burgers, I’d play their game.

  • WD

    They left Alexandria for NOLA years ago.

    • DarkHeart

      That’s what I thought, then I thought they had moved back to Alexandria.

    • They may maintain multiple residences, but they have a home in Alexandria.

    • nauckneighbor

      They still maintain their Alexandria home as they’ve held fundraisers there in the past year.

  • NoVapologist

    To be a true Carville burger it would have to be saturated in vodka for about 40 years.

    • Jeff

      And to be a true Matalin burger, it would have to look like a cross between Cruella DeVil and The Wicked Witch of the West.

      • NoVapologist

        I was going to say a true Matalin burger would be plain. With no buns.

        • Jeff

          I’ve never looked at her close enough or long enough to see her lack of buns. I’m afraid my eyes would bleed.

  • Cakes

    Hope they aren’t a sponsor, but both burgers sound dreadful.

  • R. Griffon

    What’s a liberal to do if the Matalin sounds tastier? Such a conundrum.

    • m

      Obviously, you order the one that is tastier because the burgers have no connection with actual people, no connection with politics, and certainly no connection with the outcome of an election. Its just a marketing stunt, and has even less connection with political outcomes than the purchasing or boycotting of chicken sandwiches because of the politics of a company’s owner.

      • :-/

        I bet you’re a lot of fun at parties.

      • outoftowner


  • DarkHeart

    Neither mentions that sauce from Avery Island, LA.

    • snipe

      Speaking of burgers and Avery Island, Sam’s has renamed their David Hasselhoff open faced, “topless” cheeseburger the “Trevor” and it is featured as today’s special-90% hand chopped, hand fed Waygu beef with 10% beef fat added for juicyness, cooked medium rare and served open faced on a toasted brioche bun, topped with carmelized red onions, smoked provolone cheese, micro greens and a barbecue sauce infused with honey, mangos, Tabasco® and Jack Daniels®. Only while supplies last.

  • CW

    Why does the Republican burger sound like something someone from Berkeley, Cambridge, or Portland came up with?

    • because

      because republicans really only play at being everyday non elitist folks for the cameras

  • MikeinDC

    Recipes could def use some work for in line with their supports.

    For the Repubs, it should chicken-fried, bacon-wrapped bacon, battered and deep fried again topped with only AMERICAN cheese and extra mayo, hold anything that is green, and served on crusty, old, Wonder bread with a side of hot wings and FREEDOM fries.

    For the Dems, it should be a cruelty-free, Veggie burger with Vermont sheep cheese from only grass-fed, free-range sheep with thinly sliced (but still tear-inducing) locally-sourced, NOT RED onion, perhaps Spanish, on artisanal bread bought at a farmer’s market as a fundraiser for the arts and local community theatre. All paid for by the guy behind you.

    • NoVapologist

      grass-fed, free-range gay sheep.

      • MC 703

        Once again the gay sheep agenda rears its ugly, well-groomed head.

    • mitt romney

      I believe that the cheese should be outsourced.

  • I have one question for the Good Stuff Eatery:
    Where’s the beef?

    Tiniest burger I’ve ever seen except for the infamous
    $2.99 Wendy’s commercial.

  • nunya

    of course, you have to eat both to get a true taste test. yum.

    • m

      The most sensible suggestion I’ve seen on here in a long time !

  • How About the Middle?

    They should have a third option for people who are disgusted with both parties.

    • Elmer

      Bison burger?

      • WD

        Ted’s is just down the block…

      • Elmer

        With a large glass of sweet tea!

    • NoVapologist

      Just like the real election, there are only two options.

      • How About the Middle?

        At first I chuckled, and then I got really, really sad when I realized just how right you are. In fact, I’d even take it a step further to say that they’re really both the same, just with a few very minor condiments added with much fanfare in order to give you the illusion of choice.

        Feels bad man.

  • Troll Patrol

    I just lost my appetite. They both suck.

  • blech

    Adorn the burgers with whatever you want, they will always taste insipid.

  • Tom

    Why in the world would I ever consider eating at Good Stuff Eatery when I could go to Five Guys??????


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