Hours: Open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Atmosphere: Relaxed, casual and comfortable.
Price range: Sandwiches from $3.95. Entrees from $6.75 to $10.75.
Credit cards: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Diner's Club and Carte Blanche.
Special features: Street parking. One step up and narrow entranceway. No booster seats or highchairs. Other location: 1726 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Restaurants seem to be in the midst of a hamburger revolution. Maybe hamburgers are becoming more popular because they are served with more accompaniments than they once were. Or maybe because restaurants can raise the per-item cost and consumers still will favor a standard grilled item over an unknown and costlier selection.
Timberlake's, first at Dupont Circle and now at Capitol Hill on the site of the old Mike Palm's restaurant, seems determined to share some of the city's hamburger dollars. But it also offers a full range of other dishes.
Although there are no daily specials on the weekends, Sunday is a perfect family night. You can plan an outing to the nearby Smithsonian that includes a fun dinner.
A lot of money has been spent refurbishing and redesigning the old Mike Palm's. The current restaurant has a small tabled area served by a good sound system and a friendly staff. The room follows a standard pattern of decoration: wooden tables with prints lining the walls.
The first clue to the quality of the food came with the chili ($2.25), which had more meat than beans. A rich spicy taste that had the children clamoring for their sodas won respectful praise from the adults.
One word of advice: Consider an appetizer of some sort, as food does not fly out of the kitchen. Nothing takes an unreasonable amount of time, but the wait can seem long if the children are tired museum-goers.
Our shared order of french fries ($1.75) arrived shortly after the chili. The thin, freshly sliced steaming fries proved an immediate favorite, and disappeared within minutes.
Our daughter's sandwich decision was easy: a TLT ($4.50). Although BLT's also are available, the thinly sliced turkey overflowed from the pocket bread and proved to be a real meal, the perfect sandwich for a turkey lover.
Although five hamburgers are listed, our son felt he didn't need any of the healthy toppings, and happily selected a plain burger ($4.25). The giant patty atop a seeded bun became a real challenge to finish. With a choice of onion rings or french fries, the burger becomes a real meal.
The huge portion of thinly sliced, lightly breaded onion rings was a big hit.
Maybe it was the balmy weather that had me dreaming of warm days and summer salads. Actually, all the salads sounded good and the "avocat" ($5.95) fulfilled my fantasies with its esthetic display of taste treats: an avocado stuffed with a lightly tossed shrimp salad and accompanied with tomatoes, egg halves and olives. The meal-sized portion came with a good house dressing.
The shish kebab ($8.50) was the evening's surprise. The meat was a perfect medium-rare with the normal accompanying vegetable.
The desserts were the real problem. We had seen a chocolate mountain walk by a couple of times, and already were addicted. The chocolate supreme ($1.95) is wonderful. Order some milk, some coffee and a round of forks. Then carefully monitor each person's intake for fear you'll miss a turn. A delightful indulgence.
Now we no longer have to wonder about the Mall meals. Timberlake's provides an easy solution to the Sunday dinner debate. Plan on eating early as there is limited seating and a flow of followers.
Our indulging foursome sampled broadly. Our bill, including beers, sodas, tax and tip, was $42.45.