The People’s Burger: Fried egg from the Stoney’s One-Eye Burger

The Stoney's One-Eye Burger and its fried egg. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

The Stoney’s One-Eye Burger and its fried egg. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

Stoney’s wasn’t the first kitchen to think, “Hey, let’s throw a runny fried egg on this burger.” Round-the-clock diners, where sunny side up eggs and patty melts share the flat-top grill, deserve most of the credit for that. Yet, in 2007, Stoney’s was the only place we can recall that served an egg-topped burger in daylight hours, making the gluttonous practice of ordering one feel almost mainstream. The Stoney’s One-Eye Burger ($10.95) is a gloriously messy tower of burger, Swiss, lettuce, tomato and bacon (which costs extra, but c’mon) beneath an egg that runs like Usain Bolt. It’s enough to make you forget about the other near-perfect sandwich at Stoney’s, the Super Grilled Cheese.

Stoney’s, 1433 P St. NW. 202-234-1818.

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