Cheap Eats 2009: Ray's Hell-Burger
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 24, 2009
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Ray's Hell-Burger
Address: 1725 Wilson Blvd. , Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-841-0001
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: American, Deli/Quick Bites
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon, Court House
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).
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Why go: Meat maverick Michael Landrum (Ray’s the Steaks, Ray’s the Classics) has won the burger wars with this Clarendon spot, where runny Époisses and roasted bone marrow are toppings for his ten-ounce slabs of hand-ground, hand-trimmed prime beef.

What to get: The classic burger with lettuce and tomato, a steal at $6.95; the over-the-top Burger of Seville, crowned with seared foie gras, sautéed mushrooms, truffle oil, and bordelaise sauce ($17.50). A crisp slaw comes with every burger, but it’s worth springing for the tater tots with crunchy shells and almost mousse-like interiors.

Best for: Burger worshipers who are after the ultimate patty with offbeat fixings (double-cream Brie, Queen Anne Stilton) and styles (au poivre, blackened).

Insider tip: Freebie toppings at this order-at-the-counter eatery include charred jalapeños and grilled red onions, but more exotic picks carry a surcharge.

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