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Stop the presses...Rays Hell Burger Now Serves French Fries

Stopped by Rays today for the first time in maybe 5 months or so. Crowded and crazy just as I remembered it (man, i miss the blissful first few weeks it was open). The quality of the burger seems to be about the same.

Anyways, they now serve fries, which are labeld a "new" item on a chalkboard menu. Not sure how long they've served 'em.

The fries are of the Mcdonalds thin, crispy, and virtually potato-flavor free variety. Our batch was also quite generously salted. They appear to come from a brown paper bag, which is a most curious development.

On the whole, though, they weren't too bad. It just depends on what you're looking for in a fry.

I think I liked Rays better without the fries.

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  1. Yeah - that's a good and bad post all at the same time. Mixed feelings.

    I think mostly I'm afraid that over time it'll force them into the 5 guys/counter burger/chee burger chee burger league (though on quality each of those is decent).

    But that distinguishing remark is from a Hound, not the masses. The masses will return b/c of fries and I can see they may not always return (or even go) b/c of fries - just b/c of how rooted the majority is to any idea.

    Interesting - at least.

    1. Though the fries sound disappointing, I always bemoaned the lack of fries with such a great burger. Any idea if this will be introduced at his other restaurants, such as Ray's the Classics where the burger is served at the bar?

      1. *runs into posts*
        *praises Buddha, Jah, Hashem, Jehovah, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost*

        1. Rumor has it these fries are of the frozen variety. Has anyone been able to figure out if they are freshly cut or your typical frozen fry?

          In other news I'm going to see the final act of Angels In America tomorrow night and will find myself at Ray's the Classics for dinner. I usually get the hanger steak because it is probably the most amazing deal and cut in town. That being said, you can also get the Hellburger I believe off of their bar menu. Has anyone tried it outside of the actual Ray's Hellburger joint? Does it taste the same?

          Maybe I'm crazy but that sounds like just the meal I want to have before settling in to a 3 hour play about AIDS, religion, and politics in 1980's NYC :)

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          1. re: Elyssa

            yes, them being frozen is what i hinted at in my original post...them coming from a "brown paper bag" and all. You can see it in plain sight. The guy just slits open a bag and dumps it in the fryer.

            Again, the fries werent horrible, they just werent all that great, especially when paired with such a stellar burger. But no fry can really live up to that burger.

            1. re: CoconutMilk

              "But no fry can really live up to that burger."

              This may be why Michael didn't serve fries in the past. But when Mr. Obama asks for fries, and probably so do many, many other customers, I guess he gives 'em fries.

              I'm sure it's possible to make a good version from frozen pre-cut potatoes, but I expect it takes more than dumping them out of a bag and into a fry basket. Choice of frying oil matters, as does temperature, and frying at a lower temperature to cook the potato and then going into a separate oil bath at a high temperature to finish them works wonders. But it takes time and care, probably something better devoted to keeping up the quality of the burgers.

              1. re: MikeR

                i guess landrum is waiting for michelle obama to bring over the first crop of potatoes from her garden, as the president promised. ;-).

            2. re: Elyssa

              The burger at Ray's the Classics is not the same quality as that at Ray's Hell Burger. I haven't done the side by side comparison, but the I definitely recommend getting burgers at Ray's Hell Burger. Maybe it's just that the staff is focused on the burgers there.

            3. They still serve tator tots, right? I'd rather have those than fries, no matter how much worse they make the meal. Heh heh.