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Has the quality of Washington’s food scene evolved to match that of even vaunted New York? Well, maybe in one category. WaPo food columnist and Y&H alum Tim Carman recently challenged New Yorker Ed Levine of Serious Eats to a seven-course smackdown, pitting the two cities’ best cheap eats in a contest judged by both scribes. On the score sheet, Levine’s hometown slightly edged out our nation’s capital on almost everything—breakfast, bakery, pizza, gelato, street food—-except one: hamburger. Frank Ruta‘s truffled cheeseburger at Palena scored higher than its counterpart from Brooklyn’s Prime Meats. Levine’s initial remarks on Ruta’s burger were apparently too fucking obscene to print in the family-friendly Post. He later offered: “That’s seriously delicious. That’s certainly the best hamburger I’ve had in this town.”

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