The People’s Burger: Fried green tomato from Burger Tap & Shake’s Southern Comfort

For Southerners, Burger Tap & Shake's Southern Comfort ($8) is a nostalgic taste of home. (Marge Ely/For The Washington Post)

For Southerners, Burger Tap & Shake’s Southern Comfort ($8) is a nostalgic taste of home. (Marge Ely/For The Washington Post)

For Southerners, Burger Tap & Shake‘s Southern Comfort ($8) is a nostalgic taste of home. Such deep South staples as pimiento cheese, caramelized Vidalia onions and fried green tomatoes are “ingredients that resonate” with the Foggy Bottom burger joint’s
Southern transplants, says Jeff Tunks, the restaurant’s chef and owner. “It just sort of brings things home for them.” Tunks was inspired by a stint in Atlanta when he created the burger. “The fried green tomato adds another level,” Tunks says. “You have that unctuous burger, and the soft caramelization of the onions – it adds a nice texture contrast and ties everything together.”

Burger Tap & Shake, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-587-6258.

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