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Last Updated: April 2023


[NOTE:  April 22, 2023, they closed the shop.  There are hopes that they will find another spot in the neighborhood.]

Mélange serves up burgers, chicken sandwiches and a few other staples of fast food but does so with a focus on quality and a few curveballs thrown in.  It opened in the middle of the pandemic, but managed to meet the moment and gain a foothold.  Chef/Owner Elias Taddesse, an Ethiopian native who cooked through some impressive kitchens in France and New York before coming to D.C.  His touches include  making patties from three cuts of dry-aged beef (brisket, short rib and shank) or a chicken sandwich called The National based on the doro wat dish of his homeland.  They are open daily starting at 11:00 am.  They have a handful of tables outside, but will likely add seats to the inside with re-opening.  Take-out and delivery also available.

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Cuisine:  Sandwiches/Salads
Neighborhood:  Chinatown/City Center
Address:  449 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Reservations:  Walk-in

Other Critics/Voices: 

Washington Post:  Tim highlights it as one of three great burgers in the area.

Washingtonian:  Preview

WCP: Laura Hayes flagged The National as one of 12 sandwiches to try.