Sunday, October 17, 2010

Eating Out - Burgers

That's not actually us. That's Obama and Biden at Ray's Hell Burger.

Ray's Hell Burger (Burgers)

Ray's Hell Burger is probably the most famous of the burger joints in town. It's owned by one of DC's biggest restaurateurs Michael Landrum, who also owns Ray's the Steaks and Ray's the Glass. Rumor has it RHB is Obama's favorite place to eat, and he even takes visiting dignitaries. I would be willing to go there for lunch more often too, if I had a police escort from my office. We went with some friends last weekend after our ultimate frisbee game, and here's what I can remember.

  • Ray's is notoriously crowded, and lines routinely stretch down the block. We were actually able to corral a table without much hassle on a late Sunday afternoon.
  • Unlike the other burger joints, the fries weren't all that memorable. That's OK because the burgers are probably the best in town.
  • I had the Soul Burger Number One - with bacon, swiss, and sautéed mushrooms and grilled onions. Kathryn had the Big Punisher - spicy marinated burger with pepper jack, grilled jalapeños, grilled onions, and something called "piranha" sauce. Oh and we both added guacamole. Although the burger patties are unbelievable, the buns really set Ray's apart from the pack. They're firm, crispy, and topped with sesame seeds. The perfect compliment to a greasy burger!
  • Ray's has all kinds of interesting toppings which I was too nervous to try after running around in the heat for a couple of hours. Next time we go back, I'll hopefully have enough courage to try the burger topped with bone marrow or maybe the one with foie gras.

No comments:

Post a Comment