Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Burgers to Take the Stage as Early as Thursday

As you may have already heard, the Stage Burger Lounge is set to open in the old Sabroso spot at 8624 Colesville Road and will be run by Spiro Gioldasis (owner of Mrs. K's and the two Pacci's restaurants) and Mrs. K's sous chef Luis Flores.

The menu (below) features a variety of sandwiches named using both literal (Mushaboom!) and punny versions of famous song titles. Foster the People has even achieved the honor of hamburger namesake with the introduction of the "Pumped Up Kids" burger. Certain commenters on this blog will be satisfied to know that the menu includes at least one vegan option.

Stage Burger could be open as soon as Thursday, sadly one week too late for the Guns N' Roses concert.





33 comments:

Alex said...

Damn, I hadn't even noticed Sabroso was gone. It was a pain in the butt for me to easily get to Sabroso, so I didn't go as often as I should have, but IMO they had the best pollo outside of Pollo Rico. Much better than Crisp and Juicy.

Anonymous said...

I want to punch vegans in the face

Anonymous said...

Thought they were going to have shakes there as well?

Anonymous said...

let me guess, it'll close at 9pm like everything else is DTSS

Jill said...

Well, this summer they're planning on opening a lounge area in the basement. Since the idea is clearly to capitalize on the proximity to the Fillmore, so you can bet that the lounge, at least, will be open late. And since the entrance is through the restaurant, presumably that would be open, too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks goodness! i really hope thise place works out

-steve

Anonymous said...

who ever said they want to punch vegans in the face....can i join? seriously. if you dont want meat....dont go to a burger place..duh! Thats like going to a pizza place and asking for rice. makes no sense

Easley Does It said...

The basement lounge idea sounds great to me, but if there's not an exit down there, I'm afraid the fire marshall may not agree.

Anonymous said...

Great simple menu. And who doesn't love Fennel on a burger?

Isayaah Parker said...

I'm having a hard time rationalizing going here instead of Rays the Classics which is pretty much nextdoor with an AMAZING hunk of beef. But I'll try it out, not expecting a taste bud orgasm like I have at RAYS and The Burger Joint in Dupont. I agree that they need to capitalize off Fillmore, the lounge is a great idea, but I doubt they'll be serving burgers passed 10pm. Now all that block needs is a Jumbo Slice and a good restaurant/bar that stays open late. :)

Rebecca said...

Hopefully this place will be good...downtown Silver Spring is desperately in need of someplace to grab a quick burger. And no, Mickey D's doesn't count.

And what's with all the antipathy towards vegans? Personally I like a bit of variety when it comes to my burger options. I'm not vegetarian or vegan but sometimes a black bean burger is just really good. If you don't want a veggie burger, than don't order it.

Anonymous said...

Rebecca, there are always a couple of fools who say stupid things about vegans on this blog.

I'm looking forward to trying that vegan burger.

Anonymous said...

"I'm having a hard time rationalizing going here instead of Rays the Classics which is pretty much nextdoor with an AMAZING hunk of beef"

I agree.

My wife and I had our first burgers from Rays the other night and they were ridiculously good...maybe one of the best I have ever eaten. Hope the Stage Burger vibe is different enough for them to stick around, especially with Ray's so close.

Anonymous said...

I'm assuming Rays and Stage will be quite different. 1 being an upscale, sit-down bistro area and the other being fast food/picking up at the counter w/ a much more relaxed, if not ruckus, vibe (not to say Rays is stuffy or anything like that).

Anonymous said...

I am sure that all the people who are tired of having to put up with the ridiculous rules and high handed bartender at Ray's will be lining up for a good burger alternative. I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Meh, I never liked Sabroso. I went there once and found the chicken to be dry, the sides pretty boring. On the other hand, I love love love love love love love Crisp & Juicy. Their chicken is always really moist and, yes, juicy, I love the spicy sauce they give you, and their fries must be marinated in crack because they're so good.

On another note, I think I've said this before, but Alex is hot.

Anonymous said...

For those of you not understanding why you'd go to Stage instead of Ray's, let me paint you this picture. Let's say a band I want see shows up at the Fillmore - Gregg Allman, Phish, Dark Star, BB King, or the Nighthawks.

Well, before heading out I'm going to smoke me a big bone and swallow a few brews. Before hitting the venue I might want to eat some grub. You think I want to go into Ray's? Do you think Ray's wants me there? I think the safer place to hit up is the Stage.

Isayaah Parker said...

"My wife and I had our first burgers from Rays the other night and they were ridiculously good...maybe one of the best I have ever eaten. Hope the Stage Burger vibe is different enough for them to stick around, especially with Ray's so close." We should all hang out together at Rays sometime! I agree, THE BEST I'VE EVER HAD! And the vibe at Stage will no doubt be very laid back, pick-up at the counter, Z Burger type of vibe I'm sure...but when I went to Rays, it was actually rather laid back, at least at the bar. The staff were quite leisurely and there were no "rules" or "heavy hands." Then again, I just went once. Rays DESPERATELY needs to open up a late night HELLBURGER outpost on skid row to compliment the restaurant. They will make an easy killing. Hellburgers at midnight would be awesome! Then again, they would put STAGE out of business as soon as they open.

Anonymous said...

I love the burgers (and steaks) at Rays and have not felt the strict rules either. I agree the dining room is pretty formal, but the bar isn't at all. I also like that bartender, he knows his stuff. I think, as others have said, that this new burger place can work if it operates more "fast foodish" and if they stay open late. If they close at 10 there will be no point in existing 5 steps from Rays.

Has any one checked out the new mexican place fajita coast where babe's used to be? Are they open ? ( their website says so but can they really be open so fast after babe's?

Anonymous said...

lets clear one thing up here. Ray's burgers are OK...just that. OK. They are not great. period. people need to stop creaming themselves over it. 5 guys or Kraze in Bethesda has far better burgers...FAR BETTER. and cheaper

steve

Anonymous said...

"5 guys or Kraze in Bethesda has far better burgers...FAR BETTER"

Steve, you've got to be kidding, right? If you think 5 guys is better than a hellburger from Rays, you must a whacked sense of taste.

Anonymous said...

"If you think 5 guys is better than a hellburger from Rays, you must a whacked sense of taste."

I second that sentiment. 5 guys is declicious, but Rays is simply a better quality piece of meat. They are just in two different categories. I wish downtown SS would get a 5 guys. It's kind of ridiculous we don't, hopefully this new place will fill that void a bit.

Anonymous said...

I'm baffled by all this chat about "why go to Stage Burger when you can go next door to Rays". This comparison is apples to oranges because the two restaurants are not competitors and their product overlap is extremely limited.

Ray's is primarily a white table cloth steak house that offers a very good hamburger as ONE of it's many menu items. You can ONLY get the hamburger in the limited-seating bar area, and not in the main part of the restaurant. Once seated, you order from a server (or bartender) and continue to be served by this person.

Stage Burger offers burgers as the majority of it's menu and you can be seated in any part of the restaurant. You order from a counter.

Sure, there are some customers who will find the Hell Burger more to their liking and that's where they will go, but to say that Stage Burger will have stiff competition from Ray's just doeesn't hold water from a business model perspective.

Anonymous said...

"but to say that Stage Burger will have stiff competition from Ray's just doeesn't hold water from a business model perspective."

I think everyone can now agree that the business models are indeed different...geez...relax. And I don't think "stiff" competition is a major concern but if their burgers better be damn good or I'll just go wait to order from the waiter at Rays. Obviously I agree that if I'm in a rush, then Stage Burger is better suited. I will definitely try Stage Burger and if they are good, I will frequent often, especially for take out. That's one thing I hate about Rays, I wish they would change that policy...maybe they will now.???

Anonymous said...

Now that F. Coast and Stage have opened, the next question is when will Society and that Japanese steakhouse open?

Isayaah Parker said...

The point remains valid: RAYS HAS A BETTER BURGER THAN ANYONE IN THE DC METROPOLITAN AREA! Some of us are so addicted to the hellburger that we can't fathom spending money at McDonalds, Five Guys or Stage. That being said, Rays does need to adjust it's take out policy and also open up an outpost that just serves burgers all day and late at night. To be perfectly honest, I'd rather a Hellburger place open up where Stage is. Finally, 5 GUYS is grossly overrated. They don't even melt the cheese on the meat! So 5 Guys can stay out of downtown silver spring, go up to Tech Road if you need your 5 Guys fix. Call me a Rays Troll, I don't care, but I'd rather sit at the bar at Rays with my orgasmic burger than eat some mediocre burger surrounded by a bunch of teenagers or stoned punk rockers. However, I WILL try out Stage for a fair assesment and I will report my findings back to Silver Spring Singular.

Anonymous said...

Went to Fajita coast today, it is in fact open already. They don't have a happy hour yet.

Alex said...

Meh...been to Ray's twice. Burgers were good but I still prefer QH, who I think makes the best in DC. The thing with Ray's is that aged beef ain't exactly the best thing for a burger, and quite frankly, most of the subtlety you get from aged beef in steak is wasted in a burger. Also, the burger is just too damn big. I'm convinced that a perfect burger is a third of a pound. More than that and it's hard to get your mouth around it, the toppings get lost in the beef onslaught, and the whole thing tends to get soggier quickly. But, we live in a more is always better society. Been to Kraze twice (I work a few blocks over) and have been underwhelmed both times. The things look perfect (actually, a bit too perfect) but there was just very little beef flavor, and the bun was so big it was hard to get a good bite out of the thing.

Funny, I always find Crisp and Juicy to be dry but the thing about C&J I really hate is the hot sauce. Pollo should have a green sauce and a yellow sauce. The green sauce should not be creamy! It should just be minced jalapenos, some lime juice and a touch of salt. You want creamy hot sauce? Mix it with your yellow sauce. Major abomination in my Pollo book.

Damn...Peruvian chicken and burgers...throw in BBQ and you may have this area's holy trinity of fiercely debated affordable food, no? :)

Justafed said...

On the topic of Peruvian chicken, it should be noted that the new place just off the corner of Piney Branch and Flower (Pollo Loco) is also excellent and much closer to some of us than Crisp and Juicy or Pollo Rico, which I view as the other two real contenders.

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I went to Stage Burger on Saturday and ordered the Buffalo Soldier. I would say is was just okay. Bison is a bit more difficult to cook and you definitely don't want to overcook it...which is what they did. I also didn't care for the sweet potato fries...pretty greasy. I know, I know... they just opened and they're still working out the kinks. I'll definitely go back because I think the place has a lot of potential and I want it to succeed.

Galugo said...

Tried the veggie burger. Quite tasty, especially with all the toppings. Fries were good, too. Nice and salty. They do seem to have some slowness issues, though, considering how many employees they had (a lot) and how few customers they had.

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