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TKO’s boxing-themed burgers come to Brentwood

Call it a one-two punch: Shortly after chef/owner Lance London opened the first D.C. location of his Maryland restaurant, Carolina Kitchen, he's debuting a new concept next door. TKO Burger, a boxing-themed burger joint, will open in Brentwood on Thursday.

The interior of TKO Burger (Maura Judkis/The Post)
The walls are designed to look like an enormous boxing glove (Maura Judkis/for The Post) The walls are designed to look like an enormous boxing glove (Maura Judkis/The Post)

Specialty burgers here include a burger topped with mac and cheese from Carolina Kitchen, which shares prep space with TKO. There's also an egg-topped brunch burger, a jerk-seasoned burger and a burger that gets its crunch from a fried green tomato.

The non-burger selections here go beyond your obvious turkey patties, with soft-shell crab, pulled-pork barbecue, fried chicken and fried fish sandwiches on the menu. London also seems to be a big fan of sweet potato, both as fries on the side and in a sweet potato pie milkshake for dessert.

Fight-themed decor covers every wall, from old-timey pugilists to star athletes like Muhammad Ali. And when your order is ready, London says that workers will use an old-fashioned hanging microphone -- the kind you might have seen in boxing movies -- to announce the next order.

Lest the restaurant be accused of pulling its punches, TKO Burger is planning an aggressive debut: There are already plans to expand to H Street, Prince George's County and beyond.

TKO Burger, 2350 Washington Pl. NE (Metro: Rhode Island Avenue). Opens April 17.

Lance London demonstrates how burger orders will be called in TKO Burger (Maura Judkis/The Post)

Above the door, wall decor meant to mimic old-fashioned photographers and flashbulbs (Maura Judkis/The Post)


Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.
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