We know, we know…we promised to announce the winner of our Top Chef DC Elimination Challenge this morning.  We were blown away by your response: more than 80 suggestions that touched on almost every aspect of Washington life.  Our word is good – we’ll announce the winner shortly.

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But since we’ve got your attention, we wanted to take a minute to tell you about a terrific way for you to help out one of our favorite local charities.  BGR has teamed up with the DC Central Kitchen to put on a unique promotion for the month of December.  Throughout the month, BGR will donate one hamburger’s worth of their prime ground beef for every burger purchased in all three of their locations (Bethesda, Old Town and Dupont Circle).

DC Central Kitchen has been “Feeding the Soul of the City” for 20 years now, offering hot meals to the homeless and quite a bit more.  Their Fresh Start Catering and Capital Carts programs provide training, education and job opportunities in the culinary industry for individuals trying to turn their lives around.  And their relationships with local restaurants and farmers’ markets allow them to make use of over a ton of donated food every day.

What does this cost you?  Absolutely nothing.  Buy the same burger you normally would, and BGR will make the contribution.  You don’t need to mention a secret word or turn in some kind of coupon or even know you’re doing it…BGR will give for every burger sold, period.

Sure, the DC dining scene is positively overrun with burger joints.  Chances are there’s at least one or two other options between you and your nearest BGR.  And we’re not about to tell you which establishment should be your favorite (that’s an intensely personal decision that every person needs to make for himself or herself).  But how many of BGR’s competitors are stepping up with this kind of charitable giving?

If you’ve never tried Mark Bucher’s badass burgers, this is a perfect excuse to check them out for yourself.  We experienced BGR for the first time last month, and it’s a safe bet we’ll be back to check out some of their other burgers soon enough.  And – we can’t stress this enough – try it with the Orange Standard.  Those sweet potato fries were GREAT.