11/29/2011 12:17 pm ET Updated Nov 29, 2011

Korean Chain Kraze Burgers Opens First U.S. Location In Bethesda

WASHINGTON -- Burgers aren't just an American domain anymore. Last week, Korean-owned chain Kraze Burgers quietly opened its first U.S. location in D.C.'s Maryland suburbs.

Patch reports that the company, which was founded in 1998 with the aim of introducing Koreans to American-style burgers, opened the doors to a location in Bethesda at 7301 Woodmont Ave.

Kraze also plans to expand into the District of Columbia, with locations eyed for Georgetown, Dupont Circle and possibly Union Station. Arlington County and other locations in Northern Virginia may also be in the works.

Monday night, The Huffington Post swung by the Bethesda location to check out the new digs, which are clean, bright and green. The establishment is fairly small, with a handful of tables and a seating counter along the window wall facing out on Elm Street. The ordering system involves display screens at the cash register, on which each order pops up for customers to double-check. Buzzers alert customers when orders are ready.

We ordered the K. Onion burger, a tasty number topped with a large fried onion. It came on a multi-grain bun, which was lightly accented with a pleasant "cream cheese sauce." We complemented our meal with perfectly serviceable sweet potato fries. We could have picked herb fries -- or, if we'd felt more health conscious, asparagus spears.

Check back for a more in-depth look at the space and its menu.

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