I’ve been meaning to blog about my visit to Ray’s Hell-Burger (get it?), a fantastic burger joint in Arlington, Virginia, which I visited the weekend before last. So imagine my surprise to hear that I missed spotting President Obama by just a few days! Turns out the POTUS and VPOTUS went out for lunch to the local eatery yesterday afternoon, surprising a long line of patrons who had turned up to grab a juicy burger and got a glimpse of the commander in chief instead. How’s that for a burger endorsement?
It’s obvious that Barack has good taste when it comes to burgers, and these are some of the best I’ve found in the D.C. area. The shop, which opened last fall, is a no-frills local spot decorated with B-movie posters; paper towel rolls stand in for napkin holders on the tables. The admittedly huge portions come laden with toppings, which range from the standard applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, to highbrow selections like foie gras and truffle oil. The burgers themselves are made of the trimmings from the proprietor’s other restaurant, Ray’s the Steaks, which is just down the block from the shop, and all of them come served on a brioche roll, which does get a tad soggy if you’re a slow eater. Best to grab it with both hands and dig in. No fries are served (apparently, the owner believes they detract from the burger experience) but you can get a side of cole slaw or potato salad, both of which are top-notch. Finish it off with a root beer and you might mistake Ray’s Hell-Burger for heaven.
Plan Ahead: If you’re in the Washington area, you can check out Ray’s by trekking across the river from D.C. to the Courthouse Metro stop in Virginia. If you arrive on a weekend, be sure to check out the flea market that pops up in a large parking lot nearby.
Ray’s Hell-Burger: 1713 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22209; +1 703 841 0001.
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