*** Check out some fantastic kicked up grilling recipes from famous new chef Spike Mendelsohn and view recipes from his new cookbook.
From Denny: Since the summer is almost over, kids going back to school and Labor Day will soon follow, I thought I'd stuff this blog full of summer grilling recipes. A great place to start is with a burger spot just across from the White House and a favorite with the Obama family. Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C., is owned and run by a colorful character chef by the name of Spike Mendelsohn. The eatery opened in 2008.
He has this hip lean and hungry look. This chef specializes in handcrafted hamburgers, french fries and milkshakes. Spike was a Bravo channel Top Chef contestant, and a huge hit as a fan favorite in the fourth season of Top Chef. In this eatery he offers kicked up versions of comfort food, 120 versions on his menu to be exact. He is the author of his new collection from the eatery called "The Good Stuff Cookbook."
Spike's cooking background
Spike has quite the resume to go along with his fan favorite forward personality. He is a graduate of the food version of the CIA, the Culinary Institute of America. He was a former chef at the Mai House which was a restaurant named by The New York Times as one of New York City's ten best restaurants. He also worked at Bouchon in Napa Valley, California as well as Les Crayeres in France and also Le Cirque in New York City - which are all highly rated restaurants.
What does he offer? His version of Mac 'n' Cheese is "spiked" with bacon and loads of tasty herbs with gobs of bacon for flavor. One of his burgers is a Vietnamese-style burger employing pickled carrots and the grassy herb cilantro.
Spike's Oreo mint cookie milkshake popular
Spike does an Oreo mint cookie milkshake that calls for one cup of milk, two cups of vanilla ice cream and 20 mint Oreo cookies. He likes to toss his french fries with herbs like fragrant rosemary or serves them with a great cheddar cheese sauce. When it comes to salad creations Spike goes crazy and gets really creative. He takes simple wedges of iceberg lettuce and will top them with anything from poached eggs to orange segments, pomegranate seeds to sliced fennel.
White House customers
Spike's place is located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House neighborhood. The Obamas pay him a visit from time to time and so he has honored them with special choices on his menu. There is a Prez Obama Burger made up of a sophisticated blend of top sirloin, bacon and bleu cheese and then topped with a red onion marmalade and horseradish mayonnaise. The First Lady gets her due respect as well in the Michelle's Melt which is a multi-faceted turkey burger layered up with diced green apple and other choice veggie ingredients inspired by her South Lawn Victory garden.
Spike is soon to open his second D.C. eatery, "We, The Pizza." It's here he will be serving up all sorts of delicious creative variations on the all America favorite: pizza!
CBS, The Early Show, featured Spike in a grilling segment where he demonstrates how to put some fun into comfort food favorites and kick it up with some unexpected flavors.
Blazin' Barn Burger
Make Your Own Sriracha Mayonnaise (the "new" ketchup)
Homemade Basic Mayonnaise
Farmhouse Bacon Cheeseburger
Good Stuff Sauce
Mac 'N' Cheese
Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Farm-Fresh Caesar Wedge
Grilled Watermelon, Yuzu, and Feta Salad
Spike’s Village Fries
Milky Way Malt