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Holy Cow Burger Joint to Open Before End of Year

Pork Barrel BBQ restaurateurs preparing new burger venture with a charitable arm.

The folks behind Pork Barrel BBQ are preparing to open their next restaurant venture called “Holy Cow, Del Ray’s Gourmet Burger Joint.”

Bill Blackburn promises—with a nod to the barbecue’s delayed opening—the fast-casual burger spot located next the The Dairy Godmother on Mount Vernon Avenue will open before the end of the year.

Holy Cow will offer natural Angus burgers, potato and sweet potato fries, shakes, beer, wine and sodas. Other menu items include Quinoa veggie burgers, turkey burgers and chicken breast sandwiches.

Blackburn said the restaurant did some rigorous taste-testing to come with a fry recipe “unlike anything else.” He said the restaurant will have a dedicated gluten-free fryer.

The working menu includes 10 different signature burgers like “The Big Deal,” made with beef, a fried egg, Applewood bacon and provolone and cheddar cheese on a toasted brioche bun, and “The Popper,” made with fried jalapenos, garlic aioli, cream cheese, Chipotle ketchup and bacon on a beef patty in brioche bun.

Customers will also be able to build their own burgers with a variety of toppings, from standard burger stuff to more fancy fare like Vietnamese slaw, fried green tomato, chicken pate, local herb goat cheese and Swiss gruyere.

Burgers come on soft brioches, potato Kaiser buns, whole wheat buns, in a lettuce wrap or “bowl style” served over mixed greens.

Like Pork Barrel BBQ, there will be no official table service. Patrons will select their items on a piece of paper attached to a clipboard and submit their order over the counter. Staff will bring meals to the tables.

On the menu sheet, customers will also select a local nonprofit organization that will receive 25 cents from each burger sold.

“Mango” Mike Anderson said the idea came from working with John Porter of ACT for Alexandria on May’s Spring2ACTion fundraising event.

“We were really impressed with what John and ACT for Alexandria was able to do with that fundraising drive and how we were able to raise money,” Anderson said. “He challenged us to do more, and that's how the quarter-a-burger idea came about." 

Anderson said checks would go out to the charities once a quarter with the total money raised at the restaurant.

Holy Cow was originally planned to be a fast-casual Asian fusion restaurant.

Dawn Chan November 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Before the restaurant opened I googled holy cow and found that its a small franchise around the country. No big deal, but just wanted folks to know tht the logo menu etc came with the purchase so they probably didn't have much choice. I look forward to trying it and hope they use dairy godmothers ice cream.
Lewis November 12, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I'm a little tired of the expression "Get a life", but it seems to be appropriate for a couple of the commenters here. If you don't like the name, or the concept, for God's sake just don't eat there. It's a free country and the owners can do what they want with their time and money. On the other hand I think criticism of things like the seating or the ordering process or the staff or the style of fries or whatever are appropriate because the owners will read and can at least give some thought to changing. FWIW, I've eaten there, didn't love it but liked it. There are things I'd like to see improved but it's a welcome addittion to the neighborhood (which to my knowledge only had one place that sold burgers a week ago).
Sherrie November 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Hi, I am sure the cows being served would have enjoyed "getting a life" too. It is a free country, and I can express my sadness at seeing a logo depicting a happy cow face with a halo above its head, for God's sake, when the only cows in site are the remains of a very tortured death. No, I won't eat there, but I do walk past that storefront as I have done for the past 20 years, and now have another reminder of the horrendous way humans treat other animals.
Bill Blackburn November 12, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Hi everybody, This is Bill, one of the owners of Pork Barrel and Holy Cow. Thanks for all the interest in our new concept - it's great to see that the people of Del Ray are so passionate about the neighborhood, a factor that was instrumental in our choice to establish our restaurants here. We appreciate everyone's right to have their own opinion, and don't usually get involved with online forums. However, I thought I would clarify a few things: - Our patties are all-natural, NEVER given hormones, NEVER given antibiotics, humanely-raised, and fed an all-vegetarian diet. Our distributor sources from local small farms in the Mid-Atlantic Region. - We are donating $0.25 from every burger sold to the local charities that you, our customers, choose. Our list of local charities consists of the groups that registered with the Alexandria Community Trust. We encourage any local worthwhile charities to contact ACT to become part of that list http://www.actforalexandria.org/ - Though there are several other restaurants with the same name, we are not affiliated with them in any way - we simply thought the name Holy Cow was fun. Our signature burger menu was designed by Chef Beth Henrickson (a Del Ray Resident). Our logo, website, and other media were designed by Belmonster Creative, a Del Ray graphic design firm. Thanks again for all of your support. If you have any other comments or suggestions for us, stop in and ask to talk to Mike or Bill. - Bill Blackburn
Lewis November 13, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Oh noes! I totally forgot that people ate animals, but then I saw a cartoonish sign!!!!

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