I’ve tried In-N-Out and Five Guys on previous trips and I wasn’t really impressed. Upon Sha’s recommendation La and I went to Ray’s Hell Burger for a late lunch.
Remember the soup Nazi from the tv show, Seinfeld? The staff in red shirts reminded us of the soup Nazi. “Compress and move forward!” “Stay close to wall.” It was really effective though. The line moved fast.
The restaurant was your basic self-service restaurant. You get your own plastic utensils, condiments, water, napkins and even the take-out box from a table across the counter.
Ray’s Hell Burger serves 100% premium steak cuts, aged in house, hand trimmed, ground finish through out the day and loosely and formed into massive 10 oz. burgers for an extra juicy, extra rich burger.
Initially I wanted to the burger with seared foie gras and truffle oil for an additional $9 to the burger priced at $6.99. Then I thought I wanted to enjoy the taste of the burger first and not get distracted by the foie gras and truffle oil. So I ordered the next best thing. Roasted bone marrow on my burger. So sinful right?
burger w/ roasted bone marrow w/ persillade $9.99
This is the only burger that I’ve eaten that tastes like chopped steak instead of ground beef. I could really tell the difference with the aged beef. I think another reason it was so good because the beef was still slightly pink. It was indeed the juiciest, tastiest and richest burger I have ever eaten. The price I paid was definitely a steal.
I didn’t really appreciate the bone marrow on my burger. The beef patty didn’t really need anything on it except maybe a dash of salt and pepper.
Next time and there will be a next time I plan to order a plain burger. Hmm maybe I’ll add some mushrooms and roasted garlic. Then after that I’ll go back another day and try it with foie gras and truffle oil.
When you have a good product you don’t need fancy, schmancy decor, expensive advertising or even a good location. If the food is good people will talk about it and try it and they will share their experience with more people. That is good business.
Please do yourself a favor. Go try Ray’s Hell Burger. It will ruin all other burgers for you. Why even President Obama brought Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to eat there!
Ray’s Hell Burger
1713 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA, 22209
telephone: (703) 841-0001