For as long as the Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom continues to offer delicious-looking sandwich specials named after D.C. pro athletes, I will at least consider frequenting the store for a post-work meal. The $3 pints are a nice draw, too.
In September, the chain’s Foggy Bottom location offered the Buffalo Ramos Burger, a buffalo meat homage to Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, whose nickname is “The Buffalo.” Last week, Whole Foods announced the introduction of the John Wall Burger, a beef, turkey or veggie patty topped with candied bacon, fried pickles, cheddar cheese, lettuce, grilled onions and Kentucky Bourbon BBQ sauce.
There is a lot to love about the John Wall Burger.
First, Wall probably wouldn’t eat it. In November, the Wizards point guard revealed that he hasn’t had a burger in three years. Back when he was still eating burgers, Wall ate them without any toppings. “I get the meat, the bun, that’s it,” Wall told ESPN in 2010.
Second, candied bacon.
Third, see the second thing.
I didn’t eat much on Friday in anticipation of trying the Wall burger and it did not disappoint. My one complaint: the burger could’ve used more of the toppings, especially the candied bacon. Even accounting for my terrible food photography skills, my burger didn’t look much like the burger in the photo above.
Wall isn’t the only D.C. sports star with his own sandwich at Whole Foods. Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom has a turkey hoagie named in his honor and it looks quite good.
A Whole Foods spokesperson said the John Wall Burger and Backstrom Sandwich will be available at the Foggy Bottom location through next Tuesday.