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Best burger inside the beltway in Virginia

I live in the burger wasteland of North Carolina (the law is that they must be cooked to welldone) and I will be visiting friends in Arlington next month. I am looking for a great char grilled cooked to order burger. Any suggestions?

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  1. Few suggestions: Ray's Hell Burger (though no fries, God knows why); Five Guys; Harry's Tap Room. I'm sure you'll get other views as well!

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    1. re: sfernando

      Five Guys burgers are not char grilled and they are all cooked to well-done.

      1. re: sfernando

        It should be pointed out that, while Five Guys' burgers are great, they also cook them to well done. Since you're in Arlington, you might also try Ted's (beef or bison) or Whitlow's. I'm not sure whether Big Buns will cook the burger less than well done, but if that's not a deal killer, the burgers are good, and the fries are outstanding. Plus, unlike Five Guys, they serve beer.

      2. Ray's Hellburger is the best burger in all of the area. And if there is a wait and you start to waiver, don't, it's worth it. They grind up their own meat, it's cooked how you like, awesome toppings. It is seriously the best. Search for it on the threads.

        1. Ray's Hell Burger is the only answer to this question. They have a $10 meal (includes side and drink) which is hard to pass up. Go for the corn or mac n' cheese. The tater tots are tasteless.

          1. Thanks for the replies. Anyone know Spider Kelly's?

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            1. re: little debbie

              i like SK, but it's really better for drinks than food....the burgers are pretty good but i had some gritty asparagus and rancid chive butter on a steak. Definitely, definitely go with ray's hell burger. Then if you want another one later on during your trip go to Whitlow's.

            2. Ray's Hell burger is by FAR your best bet. You are lucky enough to already be in Arlington (I drive from 40 min North to eat here, somewhat regularly) and they have an amazing burger, and an excellent compliment of free toppings.