Ray's Hell-Burger Too
1713 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood: Arlington, Rosslyn, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Accepted
Wild-boar burger; Big Punisher burger; Dog Catcher burger, topped with marrow and persillade; Mack burger, with American cheese; cole slaw; mac' and cheese; milkshakes.
Burgers $5.99 to $16.99, sides $1.25 to $5.
As lines snake out of Ray’s Hell-Burger, in-the-know burger lovers are sneaking over to Michael Landrum’s recent spinoff, farther down the strip mall. Besides the regular Hell-Burger menu, you’ll find table service, glasses of Cabernet and pints of beer, and a credit-card machine. Even better are such new additions as a venison burger with cherry and puréed chestnut and a juicy wild-boar burger done up Vietnamese style with pickled daikon and carrot. In typical Landrum fashion, the dining room is bare and the service a bit rushed. But it’s well worth it.
Don’t miss: The Big Punisher, a spice lover’s burger with pepper-jack and jalapeños; the Mack, an American-cheese-topped burger; or design your own with high-end cheeses and interesting toppings.