On a recent trip to Washington DC, I and a few friends decided to drop by Ray’s Hell Burger in Northern Virginia to visit the place where President Obama and Vice President Biden once visited for a burger. Ray’s Hell Burger has been getting quite a lot of traffic as of late, not only due to the recent presidential seal of approval, but also because they just have really good burgers.
Inside, the decor is minimal almost spartan with no frills but hey its all about the food! You can build your own burger with toppings that range from aged danish bleu guyere cheese to apple smoked bacon to roasted bone marrow or seared foie gras with truffle oil, or you can order from a pre-fabrished list of burgers.
I ordered the Big Poppa (they love it when you order Big Poppa), an Au Poivre Burger With Black Peppercorn Crust, Aged Danish Bleu Cheese, Cognac & Sherry Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Red Onions ($7.95). My friend ordered the Big Punisher, a Diablo-Grilled and Brushed With Spicy Chipotle Marinade, Pepper Jack Cheese, Charred Jalapenos, Grilled Red Onions, Piranha Sauce(Fiery, Spicy, Green Sauce) ($7.95)
Overall the burger was delicious, the meat was juicy and tender, the toppings were top notch and all in all I enjoyed this decadent treat for lunch. The buns however could be improved as they were a bit standard and not too remarkable. I would definitely come back here again the next time I’m in the DC Area hankering for a good burger! PS its cash only!
The Big Poppa