I doubt I'd ever become a vegetarian. I love steaks, burgers, beef fajitas and pulled pork. When I once dated (very shortly) a vegetarian, poor confused waitresses set a plate of salad in front of me and a juicy burger in front of him: fail.
I've heard of Ray's Hell Burger Too for a while and finally got to try it out with Nicole this past Thursday.
For some reason I could not find a website, but here's the address: 1725 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209. (703) 841-0001.
Let me just say that this is not a place to go if you want atmosphere. The walls were pretty empty, there were not tablecloths, and the lighting was rather harsh. But we were there for the food! The menu listed about a dozen burgers, a few sides and milkshakes. Thanks to some help from my Twitter friends, Nicole and I decided to split a burger, a small side of sweet potato fries and a milkshake. Talk about a cheap date :)
We settled on a Big Punisher burger: Dialo Burger with Pepper Jack cheese, charred jalapenos, grilled onions and Piranha sauce. The hard part came when we had to decide how to cook the burger: I like mine medium rare, but Nicole likes her medium well. We settled on medium. While we waited, we sipped on our chocolate milk shake (we had two straws: just in case you were wondering). The milkshake was thick, sweet, and chocolaty. It's been ages since I've had one, and I was a happy girl.
And then our burger platter came! How good does that look? (Keep in mind I took the photos on an auto setting with a flash. Sigh.)
The burger was quite pink in the middle. It was juicy, the bun was well toasted, and I liked the sesame seeds on top. If you don't like the heat, definitely choose another burger. Both Nicole and I had to take the jalapenos off!
The sweet potato fries were great: crispy, cooked through and not greasy. I just wish they would have had a few different dipping sauces for them instead of just ketchup (although I mixed my ketchup with mayonnaise).
Final verdict: a great place for a casual dinner or lunch. Definitely split a burger: we had plenty of food and no one went home hungry.
Have you been to Ray's Hell Burger Too? If so, what did you order?