We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

There are plenty of notable homegrown burger joints—think BGR: The Burger Joint or Ray’s Hell Burger—but the opening of the Dupont Circle Shake Shack in June threw the city into a ground-meat identity crisis. What if everything really is better in New York? Shake Shack, the cornerstone of Danny Meyer’s über-trendy, fast-casual family of brands, is routinely packed with District dwellers ordering patties on signature potato buns and those super-thick, candy-riddled concretes. It’s not the only New York brand to stake a claim in D.C. this year: Luke’s Lobster and Crumbs Bakeshop have also moved in. On one hand, it’s a shame that locally originated businesses rarely attract the same sort of fervor. On the other, it’s pretty cool that D.C. is acknowledged as a viable consumer base by out-of-town suits. So, what do we have to do to get that rumored Eataly branch to commit?