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The Light Horse’s Heart Attack Burger

The Washington City Paper’s Young & Hungry asks “Are You Gonna Eat That?” To which we say, “You betcha.”

The Dish: The Heart Attack Burger ($17)

Where to Get It: The Light Horse, 715 King St., Alexandria; (703) 549-0533

What It Is: Two grilled cheese sandwiches serve as buns for an Angus beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and melted Monterey Jack, Swiss, and Cheddar cheeses.

What It Tastes Like: Like you’re too skinny. Delightfully coarse, the patty is so fresh and juicy you almost feel like you’re eating something healthy—at least until you taste the intense medley of cheeses. This is a burger that should be eaten with such abandon that you might as well stuff the side of fries in there, too.

History of the Dish: General manager and partner Dave Pressley thought it would be funny to combine a burger and a grilled cheese and see how many people would order it. The answer? “We sell five or six a day,” Pressley grins.

How to Eat It: Roll up your sleeves, plant both feet firmly on the floor, and unhinge your jaw. This one’s a real workout read more

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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