Ven a la fiesta! (come to the party) says chef and owner Raynold Mendizabal when he invited us to the opening of his second burger shop in DC on Tuesday night: Black & Orange at 1931 14th Street NW. We spoke to him as his staff was getting ready for the opening at 6:30 pm, when they will be offering samplers of their burgers — freshly made and seasoned on site, as he showed us into the kitchen. Mendizabal, well known in the area because of Lima and Rogue Burgers, will bring late-night food in a city with famously early closing hours. Black and Orange will be open from 11 am to 5 am daily.
Black & Orange’s selection of burgers is, as they say, “Burger flavors range from an Asian-inspired Now and Zen, flavored with soy sauce and ginger, to the popular No Burger No Cry, which sets palettes on fire with a blend of Jamaican habanero peppers. Additionally, the restaurant champions seasonal ingredients.”