Ray's Hell Burger
Sup Family. I went to Ray's Hell Burger on Friday, after work, after hearing all of the hype (Also being a fan of Ray's The Steaks...a place so difficult to get into, I haven't been in four years, but I digress).
I usually have my own scale to rate food...it's not scientific. 1 to 10..."1" being complete and utter crap and "10" the food is so good I want to cuss (Laughing). I gave it a "6.5". Now...I am sure there are quite of few people who will get upset with me, so let me explain myself. The burger in and of itself was fantastic. You can tell it is a steak burger, which I think all burgers should be. The range of cheeses and toppings are wonderful and fresh (I had mine with gruyere cheese and apple-smoked bacon). The mac-n-cheese as a side...I would actually go back just to order the mac-n-cheese. Fantastic!!! Not greasy/oily, and very flavorful.
My problem, more like a question is this: (1) Are RHB using aged beef for their burgers? And (2) I saw the cooks grilling the burgers, but I couldn't tell if they grilling it over coals/wood? Although I liked the "steakiness" and fat content of the burger, I found that the burger had a "bitter" taste to it. I didn't really taste the "meat" that you want to taste when you have a burger. It was a bit "smoky". Aged beef is already strong. You grill it over goals, it is going to develop even a much stronger flavor (And not in a good way). The aged/smoked flavor is a bit overwhelming.
It is a great sandwich though...it is, and I do want to go again. Maybe it's me...I wanted to get comments from others.