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  • ZAGAT: Good Stuff Eatery Opens First Chicago Location in The Loop

      By Sarah Freeman Top Chef contestant and burger expert Spike Mendelsohn opens a Chicago outpost of his popular Good Stuff Eatery tomorrow. The opening marks the beginning of a national expansion for the farm-to-table burger chain that already has three locations in DC and one in Philadelphia. Mendelsohn chose Chicago because he fell in love with the city during the filming of Top Chef, and it's also where his sister went to college. “It’s a mea...

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  • The Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now, February 2015

      Good Stuff Eatery Former Top Cheffer Spike Mendelsohn has joined the local burger wars and the early word is positive. Try the Hamburger Hop-winning Prez Obama Burger.

  • What You Need to Know About the Chicago Dining Scene This Week

      Burgers, big moves, and a very literal dive bar. BY CARRIE SCHEDLER   OPEN NOW: We may not know if the city will be home to President Obama’s library yet, but we do now have his burger—the first Chicago location of D.C.-based Good Stuff Eatery (22 S. Wabash, Loop, 312-854-3027) is open and serving their Prez Obama Burger (bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort, horseradish mayo) and Michelle Melt (a turkey burger with swiss, caramelized onions, and herbed mayo) in the First Family’s ...

  • A New Place You Can Eat Burgers Inside Of

      The Obama Presidential Library may or may not ever come to Chicago. But one thing is for certain: his presidential hamburger will. Cue Good Stuff Eatery, the DC-based maker of burgers, the likes of which are favored by a certain leader of the free world (in case you give a sh*t), opening tomorrow in the Loop.

  • Eater: Inside Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery, Opening Tomorrow in the Loop

      by Brett Hickman , photos by Barry Brecheisen Jan 27 2015   The first 50 customers in line will be gifted with one free mini milk shake per month for a year. Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery will join the growing number of interloping burger shops invading Chicago when it opens at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow in the Loop.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Promises 'Farm Fresh' Burgers in the Loop

      DOWNTOWN — Former "Top Chef" contestant Spike Mendelsohn may have a Michelin Star background, but the burger joint he's bringing to Chicago will keep it casual. Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery will open its first Chicago restaurant Wednesday at 22 S. Wabash Ave.

  • Splash - Sun Times

      Splash - Sun Times  Thanks to a slew of shows like “Top Chef,” “Life After Top Chef,” “Top Chef All-Stars,” “MasterChef,” “Iron Chef America” — the list goes on and on — celebrity chefs have become the latest superstars. But when Spike Mendelsohn, 34, decided to enter the culinary scene, foodie stardom wasn’t on his mind at all. “I became a chef the old, traditional way, before reality TV competitions,” he says. “My aspiration was to open up one restaurant and have a c...

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  • Drexel to Host Second Philly Chef Conference

      By Arthur Etchells  |  November 13, 2014 Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting its second Philly Chef Conference. The two-day event takes place on Sunday and Monday, January 11th and 12th and will bring renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city and region to come together to discuss issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques. The seco...

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  • Spike Mendelsohn Is Bringing Good Stuff to the Loop

      BY PENNY POLLACK AND GRAHAM MEYER Mendelsohn, who took the crown at this past weekend’s Hamburger Hop, has also got toasted marshmallow shakes and a mayo bar on tap for the joint’s first Chicago location. In what seems like a rare-as-a-perfect-peach public-relations convergence, chef Spike Mendelsohn won this past weekend’s Hamburger Hop competition at Chicago Gourmet, in advance of the planned early-winter opening of a local branch of his hamburger spot, Good Stuff Eatery (22 S. Wabash A...

  • Spike Mendelsohn wins Chicago's Hamburger Hop

       By Phil Vettel Spike came. Spike cooked. Spike conquered.

  • Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop 2014

    Local and national chefs faced off at Hamburger Hop to see who makes the best burger By Amy Cavanaugh The kickoff event to Bon Appetit's Chicago Gourmet food festival, Hamburger Hop featured local and national chefs facing off to see who can make the best burger. DC’s Spike Mendelsohn, who is opening a Chicago outpost of Good Stuff Eatery later this year, won the judge’s vote for his Prez Obama Burger, with red onion marmalade, gorgonzola and horseradish mayo. The fan vote went to...

  • Good Stuff Eatery To Open First Chicago Location This Fall

      By Lizzie Schiffman "Top Chef: Chicago" star Spike Mendelsohn will open an outpost of his cult classic burger joint in Chicago this fall, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery first opened a Capitol Hill location in Washington, D.C., in 2008. He later launched spinoff locations in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, Philadelphia and Crystal City, Virginia.

  • Top 10 celeb-inspired cheeseburger joints in the US

      By Stephanie Schaefer September 15, 2014 How do you make a cheeseburger an even more all-American meal? Throw in a side of pop culture and a dash of creativity. Chefs across the U.S.

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  • Eat Here Now: 7 New Philadelphia Restaurants

      By A.D. Amorosi on 08/14/14 If you’ve arrived to the City of Brotherly Love looking for somewhere new and notable to eat, we’ve got the must-try spots to satisfy your epicurean quest. From tempting neighborhood eateries to sophisticated Center City restaurants, Philadelphia’s food scene is stronger than ever.

  • Eater Philly: Updating the Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

    More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment.


    BY CASSIE HEPLER Sadly, you can't spend the whole Summer watching outdoor movies (there are only 60 or so of 'em, after all), but here's the good news: that leaves plenty of time to check out the recently opened spots on our list of the 19 best new restaurants in Philly. But don't do it all at once or your midsection will be increasingly susceptible to Gravity (playing next week at Penn's Landing). Good Stuff Eatery Rittenhouse This DC import from Top Chef...


    By Laura Hayes Any plans you had to get in shape this Summer might as well be abandoned at this point, as the season is rapidly drawing to a close. Might as well go the complete opposite direction. Your weapon of choice?

  • 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Philadelphia

    By Danya Henninger Good Stuff Eatery Why It’s Hot: Spike Mendelsohn chose Philly as the location for his first joint outside the DC area, and picked in-demand architect Ed Eimer to design it for him (he also does Kevin Sbraga’s spots). With a counter below and spacious seating area above, you can have your speedy burger and eat it in peace too. Must-Order: Prez Obama Burger ($7.25), Michelle Melt ($7), toasted marshmallow shake ($6).

  • Chef Spike Mendelsohn works his magic on burgers in Bethlehem

    Chef Spike Mendelsohn has cooked on the set of Bravo's "Top Chef." He's cooked behind the scenes in the kitchens of his Good Stuff Eatery burger, fries and shakes chain (which just debuted its Philly location Tuesday.) But today, he brought his burger magic to SteelStacks in Bethlehem for a taping of"The Chef's Kitchen." Click through behind-the-scenes photos at the top of this post. The show is filmed at the PBS-39WLVT studios in front of a live audience. Today's shoot also ...

  • Good Stuff Eatery Philadelphia Grand Opening

    The pilot store of Good Stuff Eatery opened on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in July, 2008 but the grand opening event of the new Philadelphia based Good Stuff Eatery (108 S 18th St) was Tuesday, June 24 2014. The event started with a warm welcome from Chef Spike Mendelsohn and owners George Chin and Elaine Massock.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Brings More Great Burgers and a Celebrity Chef to Philly

    Good Stuff Eatery opened yesterday on 18th St. between Chestnut & Sansom. It's the latest in a fast casual burger craze that has swept the U.S.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Hits Philly: Are the Burgers Worth the Hype?

    By Danya Henninger Good Stuff Eatery is now open on 18th Street just south of Chestnut. It’s the fourth outpost for former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s burger and shake joint, and the first outside the DC area. Though Spike is the most well-known name in the company, and the culinary brains behind it, Good Stuff Eatery is a family operation.

  • Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery Opens Today

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014, by Carly Szkaradnik Good Stuff Eatery 108 S. 18th Street Phone: 267-928-2848; website Status: Open at 11 a.m. today It's officially day one at Top Chefalum Spike Mendelsohn's burger and shake shop, Good Stuff Eatery.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Opens in Rittenhouse Square Read more at http://phillystylemag.com/the-l

    Philadelphia Style Scheduled to open in Rittenhouse Square this upcoming Tuesday, burger-and-fry joint Good Stuff Eatery is the product of Top Chef season four runner-up Spike Mendelsohn. "Philadelphia is such a great food city,” says chef Mendelsohn. “We're excited to [provide] juicy burgers and handspun shakes to the people, and be a part of such a vibrant community." Patrons can indulge in American classics, including burgers, fries, shakes, and salads.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Opens in Rittenhouse Square

    Scheduled to open in Rittenhouse Square this upcoming Tuesday, burger-and-fry joint Good Stuff Eatery is the product of Top Chef season four runner-up Spike Mendelsohn.  "Philadelphia is such a great food city,” says chef Mendelsohn. “We're excited to [provide] juicy burgers and handspun shakes to the people, and be a part of such a vibrant community." Patrons can indulge in American classics, including burgers, fries, shakes, and salads. Try the Big Stuff Bacon Meltdown...

  • DCist: The 13 Best Burgers In The D.C. Area

    It may be peak grill season, but with this week's oppressive heat, do you really want to stand in front of a hot grill just to get your burger fix on? Didn't think so. When it comes to finding good burgers, there's no shortage in D.C., but there's only a handful that are truly, remarkably great.

  • Spike Mendelsohn Brings Good Stuff Eatery to Philly, Opening June 24

    Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame is ready to introduce Good Stuff Eatery to the Philly burger-loving crowd. D.C. already loves Good Stuff. Now it’s Philly’s turn to see what the Good Stuff buzz is all about. Opening on June 24, the reputable name will intrigue diners, but the Farmhouse burgers, perfectly seasoned hand-cut fries and “forget that diet” shakes and floats will be the real draw of Good Stuff Eatery.

  • Eater Philly: Good Stuff Eatery Gets an Opening Date

    by Carly Szkaradnik Good Stuff Eatery, the D.C.-based burger import from Top Chefalum Spike Mendelsohn, will finally open its doors in Rittenhouse at 11 a.m on Tuesday, June 24. And because why not: the first hundred people in line will be entered to win a cruise with Mendelsohn himself. (The first thousand people through the door will get to pick a shot at other prizes, the best of which is a card that will entitle you to free shakes for a year.

  • Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery Has A Date

    BY JASON SHEEHAN  |  JUNE 17, 2014 AT 5:16 PM It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery is finally getting ready to open the doors. The big day? Tuesday, June 24. There’ll be a bunch of press stuff (with his Spike-ness in attendance) starting at 10am, and then the doors officially open to the public at 11am for burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes.

  • Zagat: Coming Soon

    As we mentioned yesterday, Tuesday, June 24, is the opening date for the Rittenhouse outpost of Spike Mendelsohn's DC-based burger joint. What we didn’t know yesterday was that the first 100 people to walk through the doors after the 11 AM launch will have a chance to win a Celebrity Cruise trip for two with Spike himself. The first 1,000 guests to place an order joint will win freebies like t-shirts, sports tickets and signed cookbooks.

  • New Rev Event Beefs Up with Preview

    Organizers, sponsors, and celebrity guests for tonight’s inaugural Rev event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway sat down Thursday evening for a four-course dinner at St. Elmo Steak House that spotlighted a stunning dry-aged New York strip and (of course) that famous shrimp cocktail. Guests included two toques of TV fame—chef Vic Vegas, who appeared on Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, Chopped All-Stars, and Food Truck Face Off; and Spike Men...

  • Top 10 Burger Joints in the US

    Do you like your burgers made by a celebrity chef? Served with fancy toppings like foie gras or truffles? Or, do you enjoy the classic version with ketchup and a side of fries?

  • The Ten: Marvelous Milkshakes

    So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

  • Digesting News a la Spike Mendelsohn

    By Warren Rojas Roll Call Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn doesn’t just make headlines in this town, he now also serves them up to those plugged into the gastro-themed feeds he’s created for news-sharing upstart Trove. The media aggregating service tapped the reality-TV-star-turned-culinary-empire-builder — Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza and Béarnaise have all taken root on Capitol Hill — to serve as one of its featured curators. Mendelsohn has, so far, carved out three dedicated channels: H...

  • Spend or Save?

    Spend or Save? Pricey Burgers, Affordable Steaks By Rina Rapuano This town is full of excellent go-to spots where you can eat very well at middle-of-the-road prices. But for those days when you're feeling either slightly broke or extra flush, we've rounded up some high-dollar and low-cost ways to eat and drink deliciously.

  • Meet D.C. chef Spike Mendelsohn

    Meet D.C. Chef Spike Mendelsohn Spike Mendelsohn is the chef and owner of Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise and We, The Pizza in Washington D.C. Mendelsohn's newest restaurant, Béarnaise, opened in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood in the summer of 2013.

  • Mark Turgeon created a milkshake that will now be sold for public consumption

    Mark Turgeon was 14 years old when he first started working at the Baskin-Robbins in Topeka, Kan. He remembers earning somewhere around $1.85 an hour and was so small that serving ice cream over the sneeze guard required standing on his tippy-toes. Obviously, Turgeon has since moved onto a more lucrative profession.

  • Turgeon Wins BB&T Milkshake Creation Contest

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon, George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt and George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan faced off in a milkshake creation contest at Good Stuff Eatery in Georgetown Friday afternoon as a prelude to the upcoming BB&T Classic Sunday. Turgeon’s creation – the “Turtle Shake” – was unanimously selected by all four judges as the winning milkshake.

  • Hungry Hippo: A juicy, round burger fit for the Oval Office

    Hungry Hippo: A juicy, round burger fit for the Oval Office by The GW Hatchet This post was written by Hatchet reporter David Harvey. When you get sick of eating the Whole Foods hot bar, try one of these dishes you brushed past while you were dining out. The Hatchet sets out to find the dishes every GW student should try before they graduate. Dish #2: The Prez Obama Burger at Good Stuff Eatery While New Yorkers at GW might moan that D.C.

  • The Casual Chef

    November 2013 Issue: The Casual Chef Cathy Mendelsohn, owner of Good Stuff Eatery, explains why she hires a culinary school graduate to work in every one of her restaurants. 

  • A Conversation with Chef Spike Mendelsohn

    Examiner.com is very proud to welcome Chef Spike Mendelsohn to the latest edition of “A Conversation.” This accomplished Washington, D.C.-based chef runs three popular eateries in our nation’s capital: Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise and We, The Pizza. His skills as a culinary master were put to the test as he squared off against several of his peers in two seasons of Top Chef and faced the tedious challenges of the Chairman in two seasons of The Next Iron Chef. Beside...

  • Discover the Food Scene in Washington DC

    Carrying the prestigious title of the capital of the United States, Washington DC is home to many of the country’s treasured monuments, memorials and buildings. However, right alongside these impressive structures is Washington’s dynamic food scene. Bursting with creative cafes, lively restaurants and good old fashioned eateries, it seems Washington has embraced a culture of feasting.

  • 5 Adult Milkshakes to Try Now

    So far, this summer has seen the freedom of Lindsay Lohan, the return of Breaking Bad (thankgodthankgodthankgod), Anthony Weiner (seriously, we are done with you) and the birth of a child on the platform at L’Enfant Plaza. Add to the frizzy hair, forehead acne, pit stains, and all-around sweaty dishevelment that we endure annually, we totally deserve a treat (or five).  And those treats are called milkshakes. With booze.  They make everyone feel better.

  • New noms to beat the Leo’s blues

    With summer over, Hoyas will descend on campus ready to figure out how best to avoid Leo’s while also avoiding starvation. Lucky, Georgetown restaurateurs provided a solution. M Street boasts an ample selection of Zagat-rated restaurants that you can explore, but, for those looking for a quick meal (and maybe some munchies), many new selections made their way in over the summer.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Opening Monday in Georgetown

    Georgetown Patch Good Stuff Eatery will open its Georgetown restaurant Monday at 3291 M St NW, its third DC-area location. “We are thrilled to be opening our third location in such a dynamic and community centric neighborhood,” Chef Spike Mendelsohn said in a press release. The restaurant's menu includes a variety of burgers as well as hand-cut fries and handspun shakes.

  • Good Stuff Eatery's Georgetown Location to Open Monday

    DCist The Georgetown location of Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery will open on Monday, just over two years after the expansion was announced. Good Stuff Eatery opened on Capitol Hill in 2008 and expanded to Crystal City in Arlington. last year.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Opening Late July in Georgetown

    Georgetown Patch Good Stuff Eatery could be open in Georgetown by late July. The latest restaurant location for Chef Spike Mendelsohn is located at 3291 M St. NW in Georgetown.

  • Examiner: Good Stuff Eatery

    Examiner  Good Stuff Eatery takes the old fashioned burgers, shakes and floats and turns it into a deliciously hip place to eat! With two locations: Capitol Hill and Crystal City and open from 11am-11pm you can satiate your burgers and fries hankering fairly quickly! Chef Spike Mendelsohn from Top Chef has really created a nice niche especially at the Capitol Hill location, with his other restaurant We, the Pizza right next door.

  • City Eats: Little Bites: Spike Mendelsohn’s Steakhouse Burger with Onion Straws

    City Eats's The Plate DC by Nevin Martell Oftentimes chefs don’t want to cook another meal when they get home after an arduous 12-hour stretch behind the burners. But throwing together a comforting snack to help take the edge off the day is another proposition entirely. These scrumptious nibbles don’t require a degree from the Culinary Institute of America to make, but they’re worthy of winning a Top Chef Quickfire Challenge.

  • Nylon: 'Shroom Burger

    ‘SHROOM BURGER BY GOOD STUFF EATERY We met Chef Spike Mendelsohn about the time he started his Top Chef fueled rise to recognition. It was long before his restaurants Good Stuff Eatery and We, the Pizza became “must visit” places in Washington DC. It was before the Obamas visited his flagship for the first time (they’re regulars now) and ended up with their own namesake burger.

  • Where to Eat at Reagan National Airport (DCA)

    People love flying into Reagan National Airport because of the view of the monuments downtown upon landing and the airport's accessibility via its own stop on Washington's Metrorail station. But while being teeny tiny means security lines can move swiftly, it also means there are fewer decent options when it comes to food. Still, there are a few gems within the airport itself and, conveniently, there are several restaurants worth visiting within reach for those travelers facing long la...

  • Horton's Kids brings lawmakers, local celebs to Nationals Park

    Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., CNN hostJake Tapper, and D.C. chef Spike Mendelsohn all donned Nationals helmets and swung a bat on Wednesday night for the annual Home Runs for Horton's Kids at Nationals Park. Organizers estimate the event raises about a third of the budget for Horton's Kids activities, such as mentoring, health services, and food deliveries for families living in Anacostia.

  • Horton’s Kids to Take Over Nationals Park

    Thirteen members of Congress and more than 60 staffers will join CNN’s Jake Tapper and celebuchef Spike Mendelsohn to hit up the 5th annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids. Mendelsohn will help fete Horton’s Kids at Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The invite-only Nationals Park event, scheduled for Wednesday from 5 p.m.

  • Legislative! Judicial! Executive! Bars!

    When most tourists invade our nation's capitol, they want to spend time inside the buildings where "laws" are made. But anyone who knows anything certainly knows that it's far better to view them from the outside, whilst loaded with booze. So we drummed up a dead-simple commuter tour that will take you -- and your drinks -- to the best bars near the three branches of government.

  • Snackshot of the Day: Good Stuff Eatery's 'Shroom Burger

    The 'Shroom Burger from Good Stuff Eatery is better than Shake Shack's, hands down. The Daily Meal's editors, contributors, and readers dig into some pretty great restaurants, festivals, and meals. There's not always enough time to give a full review of a restaurant or describe in depth why a place, its food, and the people who prepare it are noteworthy, so Snackshot of the Day does what photographs do best, rely on the image to do most of the talking.

  • Mike Isabella, Bart Vandaele and Spike Mendelsohn made the WHCD rounds

    Four members of D.C.’s “Top Chef” contingent helped exhausted journalists and government types relax from a whirlwind weekend of White House Correspondents’ Dinner events Sunday morning. Spike Mendelsohn, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio and Bart Vandaele joined the Reuters/Yahoo News brunch atop the Hay-Adams Hotel, passing out dishes inspired by politicos and talking new restaurants. Mendelsohn, likewise, took a fairly unexpected approach.

  • A Break from Red Meat: 12 Non-Beef Burgers to Try

    Sometimes it's time to switch up the burger routine and step away from the beef. From burgers made from poultry to those featuring morsels of the sea, here are some unique burger choices on area menus — no cows allowed. Is a shrimp burger really a burger?

  • Eater Readers Pick Their 25 Favorite French Fries


    Good Stuff Eatery: Although you aren’t supposed to eat dessert before your meal, we give you permission to go straight for the toasted marshmallow milkshake; just be sure to finish it off with one of their handcrafted burgers. The ‘shroom burger with muenster, cheddar and stuffed portobello mushrooms topped with the secret Good Stuff sauce has our vote.

  • Big Morning Buzz Live: Katie Lee & Spike Mendelsohn's Road Trip Competition

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  • Chef Spike To Participate In 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • Good Stuff Eatery Coming Soon to Georgetown

    By Examiner Good Stuff Eatery will be opening its third location in Georgetown in spring 2013. The burger and shake diner is owned and operated by mother and son Cathy and Spike Mendelsohn. The first location opened in Capitol Hill in July 2008.

  • Restaurant Spotlight: Good Stuff Eatery

    Burgers and shakes are an easy sell. They’re cheap, delicious, and so wrapped up in Americana that the thought of enjoying either elicits a nostalgic grin. In the Washington, D.C.

  • We Swear to Uphold Massive Amounts of Burger Consumption

    We’ve been chowing down on these suckers for years now and even after all our conquests, it’s still one of our top picks. And since there’s now a Crystal City joint to satiate our fix (not to mention, a G-Town spot on the way), our consumption levels are at an all-time high. Screw term limits– Prez Obama burgers for life.


    In honor of the presidential inauguration Sunday and the festivities today, we’re highlighting one of our favorite burger concoctions in D.C.: the Prez Obama burger from Good Stuff Eatery. It made its debut back in 2008 when Spike’s beefy creations for Obama and McCain went bun-to-bun against each other in Good Stuff’s own burger election. Much like the real deal, the Obama burger won in a landslide and it soon became a permanent addition to the Good Stuff lineup.

  • A Trendy Turn in Obama’s Town

    SOON after President Obama places his hand on the Lincoln Bible on Monday, he will join lawmakers for a luncheon of steamed lobster, hickory-grilled bison and New England chowder in the Capitol’s ornate Statuary Hall. Meanwhile, in the trendy corridors of this city, the Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill will be gearing up to serve its signature Prez Obama Burger (with applewood bacon and Roquefort cheese) and its Michelle Melt turkey burger (free range, of course, on a whole ...

  • PBS: Politics and Pizza: An Insider's Tour of Washington

    Visiting Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration? NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni gives an insider's guide to sites that are off the beaten tourist path.

  • Serious Eats: Where to Eat in D.C. Near the National Mall on Inauguration Day

    Face it, if you're planning on attending the inauguration on Monday, you should be bracing yourself for crowds of biblical proportions. It may not be projected to be nearly as packed as Obama's first go around, but don't expect getting around to be easy. That said, don't let the patriotic hysteria keep you from enjoying a few good meals in the nation's capital.

  • Beyond Obama's oath, what to see and taste in DC

    ___ Where to Eat Restaurants across the city will brag that the president and first lady have dined in them. Tourism officials have put together an itinerary for visitors to "Play in President Obama's Backyard" with some of their favorite dining spots. Organic eatery Restaurant Nora, Blue Duck Tavern and BLT Steak have all been Obama picks for date nights.

  • Cayman Cookout: The food fest circuit's hottest ticket Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/

    Cayman Cookout: The food fest circuit's hottest ticket Picture the ultimate winter get-away in the Caribbean. Then throw in 30-plus celebrity chefs, including Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and Spike Mendelsohn and you have, quite possibly, the hottest ticket in the culinary fest circuit. Grand Cayman’s 5th annual “Cayman Cookout” (January 17-20) features four days of beachfront brunching, lunching and dining on fresh Caribbean cuisine … no shoes required.

  • An inauguration visitor’s guide to D.C. food, drink and sightseeing

    You can also eat Obama-inspired meals: the Obama Burger, a creation of Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn, at his Capitol Hill burger and shake restaurant Good Stuff Eatery, pays homage to Obama’s highbrow taste with onion marmalade, roquefort cheese and horseradish mayo.

  • DIY Inauguration Party: The Best Spots to Get Deep-Dish, Burgers, and Other On-Theme Treat

    Missing the big bucks and black-tie gear required to attend a presidential ball? That shouldn’t stop you from getting into the spirit over inauguration weekend. Grab a few friends and party like the 47 percent—entitled to (delicious) food and drink.

  • Spike Mendelsohn's unique holiday recipes

    HOW IS LIFE AFTER TOP CHEF? Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn talks cooking, holidays, life after Top Chef and more. Find out what he's been up to since becoming a fan favorite.

  • NBC Decision 2012: Ragin' Cajun vs. Sharp & Sassy

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  • Chef Spike on Recipe Rehab

  • The Next Iron Chef: Transformation

    THE CHRON The contestants arrive in the kitchen to find the altar is stocked – with canned meats. There is pâté, clams, ham, SPAM… and three sets of cans with question marks on them.  What is this – MYSTERY MEAT!?

  • 'Next Iron Chef' recap: The bromance wins out

    By Rene Lynch November 26, 2012, 9:30 a.m. "The Next Iron Chef" judges were clutching their pearls and reaching for the smelling salts. Why?

  • Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips From Some of D.C.'s Top Chefs

    There's not much time left before the turkeys, tofurkeys and turduckens start hitting the table. Are you still trying to decide on your side dishes, though? We've got you covered.

  • Best Top Chef Restaurants

    Since its 2006 debut, Top Chef has turned Tom Colicchio and F&W’s Gail Simmons into food celebrities, introduced Americans to cooking with vending-machine food and created a wave of chef-testants turned restaurateurs, who have become a large and profitable niche in the food industry.—Katherine Sacks Good Stuff Eatery; Washington, DC Spike Mendelsohn’s Capitol Hill restaurant Good Stuff Eatery gets its name from the words his restaurateur grandfather used to say when biting into a c...

  • Life After Top Chef to Feature Chef Spike Mendelsohn at Washington Capitals Game

    Life After Top Chef, a Bravo Media production that documents the lives of former Top Chef contestants, will feature chef Spike Mendelsohn at a Washington Capitals game in its Wednesday, Nov. 14 episode. The episode, “Mt.

  • Zagat Names 5 Best Burgers in DC Metro

    Good Stuff Eatery Cost: $15 Former Top Chef contender Spike Mendelsohn is behind this “popular” Capitol Hill counter serve (and newer Crystal City sibling) wooing “celebrities”, “pols” and “policy wonks” with “creative”, “juicy” burgers, “perfectly seasoned” fries and “unbelievably decadent” milkshakes (“heaven in a plastic cup”), all doled out “fast” in upscale-industrial “fast-food” digs; despite “limited” seating, occasional “long” waits and tabs some consider “pricey” for the genre, it’s sti...

  • Meals On Meals Wheels Features Chef Spike

  • Newsource Elections 2012

    CNN ELECTIONS As this election season prepares to wrap up, voters are making decisions, standing up for what they believe in, and voicing their concerns. And why shouldn’t they? Every vote matters, right?

  • Get Chef Spike's Chinese Chicken and Farro Recipe

    Better Eats CHINESE CHICKEN WITH FARRO Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 cup farro or wheat berries 2 tablespoons canola oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 1-inch peeled and minced fresh ginger 2 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped 1/2 pound snow peas, cut on the diagonal 8 green and yellow pattypan squash, chopped small 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1/2 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into small chunks 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce  DIRECTIONS To prepare the farro, bring a 2-...

  • Spike Mendelsohn Talks 'Life After Top Chef' and Fall Recipes with Captain Morgan: Intervi

    Foodista Spike Mendesohn is one celebrity chef with a lot on his plate. He currently has a reality show that takes a behind-the-scenes look at his family's restaurant business called Life After Top Chef on Bravo. He is a contestant on the latest season of The Next Iron Chef on the Food Network, and he has recently teamed up with Captain Morgan to create fall recipes with their latest formula, Black Spiced Rum.

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  • Make Spike's Fall Turkey Burger and Toasted Pumpkin Marshmallow Shake from the Today Show

    Watch the Segment Here There's nothing better than seasonal eats. here, former "Top Chef" star Spike Mendelsohn shares his recipes for a fall turkey burger with caramelized apples and camembert cheese and a yummy pumpkin shake.

  • Top Chefs, Mom Bloggers, Churches, YouTube Foodies and ONE Members Highlight Global Hunger

    WASHINGTON - From celebrity chefs and mom bloggers to churchgoers and YouTube stars, ONE members are mobilizing en masse around the country on World Food Day, October 16, to raise awareness of global hunger and malnutrition. These activities are part of a new campaign from ONE that’s calling on world leaders “to make measurable commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition for 25 million kids by 2016 so they can reach their full potential.” As part of the campaign, supporters around the globe ...

  • Burger Bash 2012

    Huffington Post At last night's New York City Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash, hosted by Rachael Ray, 28 chefs grilled their burger creations for a ravenous crowd. Though we liked the winners in both categories, we had five favorites that we happily would have eaten all night if we had had the room. Good Stuff Eatery's Brit Burger was well-balanced with sharp cheddar and horseradish mayo.

  • Life After Top Chef Premieres October 3; Watch a Preview


    FROM BYT What with the presidential campaigns at our doorstep this week, we figured that, following the old BYT adage "NO MATTER WHAT-YOU'LL WANT TO BE DRINKING" - we'd round up some drink and food specials to make these go down ever so smoothly. You and your hangover for the next month are (more than) welcome. PUNDIT BURGERS AT GOOD STUFF EATERY Good Stuff Eatery offers a burger ballot in honor of "America's favorite political duo" James Carville (pictured below) and Mary Matalin.

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  • Sizing Up Good Stuff’s Election Burger Roster

    By Roll Call  Former Rep. David Wu sits outside Good Stuff Eatery on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast next to a board tallying the score of the restaurant’s Great Burger Debate. At press time, the Ragin’ Cajun was leading the Sharp & Sassy, 480-315.

  • Life After Top Chef Premieres October 3; Watch a Preview

    From: Eater  The fine arts network Bravo has announced the officially official premiere date ofLife After Top Chef: October 3. As previously announced, the show features former cheftestapants Richard Blais in Atlanta, Jen Carroll in Philadelphia (and, as noted by Eater operatives, in Charleston), Spike Mendelsohn in D.C., and Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles. It follows the chefs as they "[open] their own restaurants, [expand] fra...

  • The Best Places to Eat in Washington D.C.

    From: Every Day With Rachael Ray On Capitol Hill, Top Chef All-Stars competitor Spike Mendelsohn whips up juicy, hand- crafted burgers at GOOD STUFF EATERY. Spike's Sunnyside comes with a fried egg and bacon; the Michelle Melt, a free-range turkey burger, honors the health-minded first lady, who has visited.

  • Spike Mendelsohn crafts a milkshake inspired by classic campfire s’mores

    From: AP Even a poorly executed milkshake still is probably pretty good. But to elevate the classic cool treat to a higher level of indulgence, tips from a milkshake master can help. For that, we turn to Spike Mendelsohn, veteran of season four of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and creator of Washington’s Good Stuff Eatery, as famous for its milkshakes — including a to-die-for toasted marshmallow variety — as for its burgers.

  • Inside Good Stuff Eatery, Opening Tonight in Crystal City

    From: Eater   Though word is the restaurant has been soft open the past couple of evenings, tonight is the official opening of Good Stuff Eatery's new Crystal City location. While it's naturally a similar feel to the original Capitol Hill location, there are indeed a few changes at this second spot. Most obviously, the Crystal City restaurant is all on the ground level.

  • Good Stuff Eatery- Crystal City

    From: Food Trucks DC Spike can really throw down! Complete with a photo booth, all star dj @Josh Madden and swanky digs - the vibe was definitely great that night. Unfortunately, I don't have a macro lens - so I won't degrade this post by posting blurry pictures of delicious food.

  • Good Stuff Eatery Holds Party In Crystal City

    From: ARLNOW Spike Mendelsohn brought some glitz and glamour to Crystal City Friday night at the private opening party for his newest Good Stuff Eatery location. Read more here.

  • BEEF BRIEF: Spike's Sunnyside

    From: Burger Days  We found ourselves on Capitol Hill last week and, naturally, it necessitated a pit stop into a Crew favorite, Good Stuff Eatery. We’re longtime fans of Chef Spike’s burgs, and while they’ll never win any beauty contests (by the time you unwrap ‘em from their paper shells, the buns are wrinklier than a Shar Pei), they do our bellies just right. Make no mistake about it, what these burgers lack in aesthetics, they more than make up for with taste.

  • Bravo's Life After Top Chef to Feature Spike Mendelsohn

    From: Eater Today, Bravo announced a new series, Life After Top Chef, which will featureTop Chef's "most beloved former cheftestants," including DC's own Spike Mendelsohn. Yes, the show will follow around Mendelsohn and three other former cheftestapants — Jen Carroll, Richard Blais and Fabio Viviani — "as they reach milestones in their personal lives and culinary careers." Of course, Mendelsohn is in the process of expanding Good Stuff Eatery into a mini-empire with a lo...

  • Bravo will follow Chef Spike Mendelsohn for new series

    From: Washington Business Journal  Bravo audiences apparently haven't seen enough of Spike Mendelsohn yet. After appearing on both "Top Chef" and "Top Chef All-Stars," the Good Stuff Eatery chef will next be profiled in a new Bravo series called "Life After Top Chef," which looks at how former contestants are doing in the industry now. The show was among many in the works that Bravo announced Wednesday.

  • Washington Capitals, Chef Spike Cook for Charity

    From: NBC 4 They may be Washington Capitals, but they are Washington Wizards in the kitchen. Defensemen Mike Green and Roman Hamrlik along with goaltender Tomas Vokoun joined local chef Spike Mendelsohn of "Top Chef" fame and four auction winners for a cooking lesson at the Old Naval Hospital in D.C. The auction winners won the chance to participate in Saturday's lesson with a $11,500 bid at last month's Caps Care Casino Night and Auction.

  • Food Fight: Battle for the Big Gulp

    From: Maxim If you gave us the keys to a 7-Eleven, we’d walk out with a stack of lottery  tickets, an armload of forties, and Gummi Worm–induced intestinal cramping. Luckily,  three celebrity chefs came in with us, so we walked out full of three mind-blowing, mouthwatering meals. More here

  • Inside Spike Mendelsohn’s home kitchen

    From: Washington Post Should he ever build it, Spike Mendelsohn has elaborate plans for his dream kitchen. “It’s in Maui, overlooking the ocean,” he says. “It has a huge marble island, gas appliances, a wood-burning oven, a plate warmer, huge sinks and refrigerators, a separate freezer, a great audio system, a full-service bar, a wine room .


    From: Men's Health  Tell someone you’re visiting Miami Beach and they’ll say you’ll have to eat a Cuban sandwich. Ask them where at and they’ll usually recommend one of two places: David’s Café or Puerto Sagua. To settle the debate once and for all, we asked Spike Mendelsohn, chef of Good Stuff Eatery in Washington D.C.

  • House Rules

    From: Tablet Mag There is kosher and then there is kosher. I have known this truth for years, but last month I learned how much trust enters the axiom when cooking in a private home. For the past four years, I have been one of the chairs of a joint fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, two institutions that fight hunger and poverty in our nation’s capital.

  • D.C. Burgers Head to South Beach

    From: Burger Days We’re always up for a trek when it comes to burgering, but if that trek involves Miami and 30+ burgers from the some of the best-known burg chefs in the biz– we’re there with beefy bells on. It all goes down this Friday at the super-duper-swanky Ritz-Carlton in South Beach where Burger Days will be all up in that sweet, beefy action at the gala of all burger galas– the 2012 SoBe Burger Bash. (Ok, the official name is the Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Allen Bro...

  • Spike Mendelsohn at South Beach Burger Bash

    From: Chicago Tribune Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery, center, works on his creation while competing in the Burger Bash at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

  • A Food Lover’s Guide to DC - Cheap Edition

    From: Far Out City Washington, DC isn’t exactly known for its cuisine.  I spent five years in the District, half of them not knowing where in the world to eat a decent meal. But, there are hidden gems tucked into its brick alleyways and indoor markets.


    From: The Hoya If there is one thing that D.C. might have more of than cupcakeries, it has to be deluxe burger joints. From Ray’s Hell Burger to BGR to Shake Shack, the District has its fair share of options for those carnivores looking to sink their teeth into a patty hot off the grill.

  • Michelle Obama and Top Chefs Promote Healthy Food in Dallas

    From: D Magazine First Lady Michelle Obama made a pit stop in Dallas this morning to promote her project,Let’s Move! inside the basketball court of Kleberg-Rylie Recreation Center. Her three-day national tour celebrates the second anniversary of her initiative designed to combat America’s growing obesity problem. “Healthy food can be good and delicious too,” said Mrs. Obama to a room filled with Nancy Moseley Elementary students, “And that’s what we’re going to learn today.” As 11...

  • Michelle Obama Celebrates 2nd Let's Move Anniversary With Top Chef 'Competition'

    From: Eater Last night, Michelle Obama met with parents at a Fort Worth Olive Garden to discuss improving the health of our nation's children -- with regard to eating and exercise -- with local parents. The choice of location was met with some contention, because, as Tim Love pointed out via Twitter, they do have thoseendless breadsticks. But, then, if you're talking about America, you'd go where America goes, not where the people who are already doing it right are ...

  • Good Stuff Eatery Gets Even Sweeter

    From: Capital Cooking Beginning today, guests of Good Stuff Eatery will be able to get more than a milkshake to sweeten up their meals. The DC burger haven can now add chocolate to its list of items for sale. Inspired by its line of milkshakes, Chef Spike Mendelsohn has paired with CoCo Sala Executive Chef, Santosh Tiptur, to create custom chocolate treats.

  • The Ultimate Grammy Party

    From: Popdust The Grammy Awards are Sunday, which means by now you’ve probably completed a pool and are poring over updated predictions—or simply bought your weight in tortilla chips and a new pair of roomy sweats for your annual viewing party. We spare no judgments on the latter, as all award shows are best enjoyed with a hefty supply of highly enjoyable foods at the ready. (Sometimes the only way to make sense of Grammy ruling is through multiple pieces of pie.) We’ve pulled together...

  • Michelle Obama joins ‘Top Chef’ judges at tasty Texas event

    From: Chron On Day #2 of her three-day tour marking the first anniversary of her “Let’s Move” program, first lady Michelle Obama was in Dallas to tape a segment of the popular TV cooking show “Top Chef,” to promote her initiative to make school lunches more tasty and nutritious. Mrs. Obama was one of the judges of a competition, in which three teams, composed of “Top Chef” chef-testants and student sous-chefs, prepared lunches, in 30 minutes, using fruits and vegetables (the chefs included Fabio...

  • Michelle Obama judges 'Top Chef'

    From: Politico First lady Michelle Obama was in Dallas Friday to judge a Top Chef cooking competition as part of her three-day Let's Move national tour. Obama joined White House chef Sam Kass and "Top Chef" host Tom Colicchio as judges in a televised competition that paired child sous-chefs with professional chef — all former contestants on the Bravo television show. Fabio Viviani, Jennifer Carroll and Spike Mendelsohn were the celebrity chef contestants.

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    From: Refinery 29 There are a few things that we, as Washingtonians, have to have done at least once, for our claim to residency to be taken seriously. Things like visiting the monuments at night, downing a half-smoke at Ben's Chilli Bowl, and taking in the cherry blossoms. Also in that mix?

  • First Lady Michelle Obama and Top Chefs put on cooking show in Dallas

    From: Pegasus News First Lady Michelle Obama got a big boost of Top Chef starpower when she was joined by Top Chef host Tom Colicchio and six contestants at a rec center in Dallas -- part of her three-day tour to bring attention to childhood obesity and celebrate the second anniversary of her Let's Move campaign. Emceed in part by White House chef Sam Kass, the healthy cooking competition featured Top Chefs Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, Jenn Carroll, Spike Mendelsohn, Gr...

  • Good Stuff Goes All Willy Wonka

    From: Roll Call Cheflebrity Spike Mendelsohn, one of the local burgermeisters actively sought out by certain residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., is rolling out new gourmet chocolate bars modeled after the signature milkshakes mixed up at Good Stuff Eatery. The oversized confections will sell for $5 apiece at the flagship Capitol Hill outpost — and the forthcoming Crystal City, Va., and Georgetown locations — beginning this Friday. Co Co.

  • First Lady Adds Top Chefs to North Texas Visit

    From: NBC5 First lady Michelle Obama will head to North Texas this week for a one-two punch of events promoting healthy eating and exercise programs. First, Mrs. Obama will head to a Fort Worth Olive Garden location for a round-table dinner on Thursday evening.

  • Hey, isn’t that. . . ?: Rachael Ray at Rasika

    From: Washington Post Rachael Ray dining at Rasika Tuesday night in a party of 10 that included D.C. chef Spike Mendelsohn. Palak chaat, cauliflower, chicken masala — though Ray lavished specific praise on the restaurant’s cucumber Vesper (it’s a gin drink)in a tweet.

  • Sightings: Rachael Ray and chef Spike dine at Rasika

    From: Washington Examiner Celebrity chef Rachael Ray was spotted out to dinner at Rasikawith nine guests Tuesday night, including "Top Chef" contestant and Good Stuff Eatery owner Spike Mendelsohn. The group was there for about two hours and chowed down on a selection of appetizers and entrees including the palak chaat, the cauliflower bezule and the green chicken masala.

  • Get Your Goat On

    From: Wall Street Journal After years of celebrating boutique meats such as Berkshire pork and heritage turkey, chefs have fallen hard for another protein. Goat has been embraced everywhere from sustainability-focused restaurants like Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., and Blue Hill in New York to "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard's Chicago spot Girl and the Goat. The meat has become so popular among chefs that many now complain about not being able to source enough of it.

  • New Chocolates at Good Stuff Eatery

    From: Millionaire Playboy Earlier this week MillionairePlayboy.com was invited to sample brand new chocolates, developed by DC’s own Co Co. Sala, and available exclusively atGood Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill just in time for Valentine’s day. Check out our write up and pics below!

  • Toasted marshmallow shake at Good Stuff Eatery

    From: 40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try The smoky-sweet taste of a campfire s'more is captured in liquid form at celeb chef Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery, where, since 2008, many a Capitol Hill office worker has waited in queue for the hand-spun, uberthick shake laced with real charred marshmallows and sour cream. "It took every ounce of class in me not to stick my fingers in the shake to grab the mallow," wrote Shari Grunspan of Florida, who nominated this sweet little number for Wa...

  • Spike Visits Frederick

    From:  The good stuff: ‘Top Chef,’ ‘Iron Chef’ contestant to visit Frederick Most people know Chef Spike Mendelsohn as the outgoing, fedora-wearing "Top Chef: Chicago" contestant with a weakness for good old American food. Ironically, the Canadian-born Mendelsohn -- who is trained in classical French cuisine -- most enjoys whipping up a mean burger with a side of fries and a shake. These yummy classics and other foods found coast to coast are what Mendelsohn refers to as "the good stuff." H...

  • Next Iron Chef's Spike on the New Twist, "Culinary Assassin" Anthony Bourdain

    From:  Next Iron Chef's Spike on the New Twist, "Culinary Assassin" Anthony Bourdain By Hanh Nguyen Chef Spike Mendelsohn may have competed on Bravo's culinary reality show Top Chef -- twice -- but he still didn't expect to be recruited for Food Network's Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c. "I got the phone call out of nowhere. I was actually quite surprised," Mendelsohn tells TVGuide.com.