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.
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.