Cheap Eats 2010: Ray's Hell-Burger
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 16, 2010
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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: The lines at this burger joint—now in the bigger space that used to house sibling Ray’s the Steaks—are holding strong since last year’s Obama/Biden lunch visit. But rather than coasting, owner Michael Landrum has made his burgers better. Much of the fun comes from his high-end/lowbrow idiosyncrasies: Where else can you down a foie gras burger and a Cheerwine at the same meal?

What to get: The basic burger, which can be topped with a wide range of cheeses, from American to Époisses, and dressed with such free toppings as roasted garlic and sautéed mushrooms with sherry; the fiery New Jack burger, a Cajun-spiced patty with pepperjack, jalapeños, and grilled onions; B.I.G. Poppa, a black-peppered burger with blue cheese and mushrooms; mac and cheese; coleslaw.

Best for: Burger connoisseurs (locally, this is Mecca); dinner on the later side when the crowds thin.

Insider tip: Bring cash (no credit cards accepted) and be prepared to move in and out quickly if you’re eating here—usually lots of people are jockeying for a spot. If it’s a nice day, get a burger to go and stand at one of the tall tables outside.

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