Turn right (away from the city) and head a few blocks to Z Burger, a corner burgers/fries joint across from American University at 4321 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.. Hence the smart looking teenagers filling the place.
Z Burger is one of those places where its advocates act like snobs if you’ve never been there. Like it’s their private oasis. In reality, they just don’t want to share the wealth. My favorite is to get a half/half combination of fries and onion rings. Don’t worry, it’s a big bag.
It’s a great family spot. There’s a metro subway stop nearby and some street parking. Even better, it’s not expensive so for once eating locally won’t cost a fortune.
Hey, you owe me some onion rings for this tip.