Cheap Eats 2011: Ray's Hell-Burger
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Ray's Hell-Burger
Address: 1725 Wilson Blvd. , Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-841-0001
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: Deli/Quick Bites, American
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Court House, Clarendon
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Cheeseburger; Big Poppa burger; Burger of Seville with foie gras; tater tots.
Price Details: Burgers, $7 (some cheeses are $1 to $5 extra).

Of all the restaurants President Obama has visited in Washington, the only one to have merited a second visit is this bare-bones burger joint.

The patty prized by POTUS is ten ounces of prime, aged beef, ground on the premises and grilled over an open flame. It eats like a steak. With lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheddar, it's eminently satisfying.

You don't need to upgrade the cheese, but a cave-aged cheddar is excellent, as is a runny Époisses. And more-convoluted concoctions, such as the Doggcatcher, capped with roasted bone marrow and persillade, are as delicious as they are clever. Fries are hand-cut, and the rich shakes conjure soda fountains of old.

Also good: The B.I.G. Poppa (with blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms); Soul Burger Number One (with bacon, Swiss cheese, mushrooms, and grilled red onions); the classic, American-cheese-topped Mack burger; wild-boar burger; mac and cheese; coleslaw.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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