Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ray's Hell Burger...One helluva burger

I don't know if that's their official slogan, but it should be. These burgers are formed with 10 oz of "premium steak and roast cuts". The meat is trimmed and ground every day. As you make your order at the counter you can see the staff forming these massive balls of ground beef.

With that said, if you come to Ray's Hell Burger, you better bring your appetite. Ray's menu offers a wide selection of artisanal cheeses and toppings (everything from roasted garlic to fois grois). My personal preference when trying a new burger place is the minimalist approach. I went with the gruyere cheese and the roasted garlic (ok so not super minimalist, but I love garlic!)

Medium rare with gruyere and roasted garlic.

This burger was juicy and pink in the middle. Perfectly cooked with an excellent chargrilled exterior. These juicy burgers sure do a number on the bun. While it is toasted, it does get a little soggy.

Premium ingredients = excellent burgers.

Diablo with aged blue cheese, mushrooms, and roasted garlic.

AJ went crazy with his toppings, getting his burger marinated in the spicy diablo sauce and topped with blue cheese, roasted garlic, and sauteed mushrooms. These flavors were very strong, but worked well together. The diablo sauce gave the burger a slight kick.

Ray's offers its own brewed rootbeer and a couple of sides such as potato salad. The rootbeer was good, but not the best I've ever had.
The burgers are where it's at. You can spend as much as you want, adding fois grois and a $5 artisanal cheese, or just go with the classic burger for $6.59.

2.5 out of 3 JAMs

Ray's Hell Burger
1713 Wilson Blvd.Arlington, VA 22209

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