Jennie Tai
American Burgers Foggy Bottom

Cheese Fries, Cherry Coke & Cherry Blossoms

{ Blooming Cherry Blossoms }

With the unseasonably warm weather in DC lately, the Cherry Blossoms decided to come out a bit earlier this year. Over the weekend I was lucky enough to get a few shots of them just as they were blooming before Spring arrived.

{ Cherry Coke | Cherry Blossom Milkshake | Cheeseburger Sliders }

I can’t help but think of Reese Witherspoon in Pleasantville every time I order a cheeseburger and a cherry coke at an All-American diner. One of the only diners where you can get little pebble-shaped ice cubes in your soda, Johnny Rockets is one of my favorite diners in DC – and this year, they’re celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival with their very own Cherry Blossom Milkshake.

{ A Grillology Lesson | Sly 45 }

While we waited for our burgers, I got to slip into the kitchen to take a few shots of the ‘grill masters’ in action. A few tips I got? Don’t press your patties more than three times, and don’t be shy with the seasoning.

Another reason why Johnny Rockets makes me happy is all the live singing and dancing (see below) that keeps the atmosphere alive, upbeat, and fun.

{ Anthony Armstrong! }

Yup! That’s the Washington Redskin’s Wide Receiver – Anthony Armstrong, getting his dance on!

{ Cheese Fries | The Houston (w/Egg & Bacon) | Route 66 (w/Bacon) }

Next to the little cup of elmo-shaped ketchup art is a plate of stringy, double cheese fries (with gooey cheese, and shaved cheddar on top). Below is ‘The Houston’, a feisty little cheeseburger packed with jalapenos, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, and their special spicy sauce. Make it even better by adding a few strips of bacon and a fried egg on top. Got a thing for mushrooms? Try their ‘Route 66’ burger that comes with swiss, shrooms, onions, and mayo.

{ One of the last shots of the day 🙂 }

How will you be celebrating this year? If you’ve taken your own Cherry Blossom photos this past weekend, let me see!

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