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Questions about Ray's Hell-Burger

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brian14leonard Feb 2, 2011 10:59 AM

Looks like I am finally going to get to Ray's Hell-Burger in a few days (I've been wanting to go since *before* Obama went), and I have a few questions:

--is it open for lunch on weekdays?

--does it have tables or not? Online reviews are very confusing about this. Maybe tables but no seats?

--if it doesn't have tables/seats, and I want to go to Hell-Burger Too because it does, is Hell-Burger Too open for lunch? (From what I can glean online, it isn't.)

--I know parking is a problem, but the Metro would be too inconvenient from my location. If I can't find a space in the lot, is there anywhere else nearby to park? Apparently there is a public garage at 1600 Wilson--are spaces usually available there in the afternoon?

Thanks for any help you can give. And if you want to tell me to go somewhere else instead, please don't bother--I want to at least give it a try.

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    yfunk3 RE: brian14leonard Feb 2, 2011 11:27 AM

    Yes, it's open for lunch weekdays.

    Yes, it has tables you can sit at.

    Lots of public parking lots (underground, attached to office buildings) along that stretch of Wilson Blvd. There are also side streets with on-street parking, but your chance of finding a spot on a weekday is pretty slim...

    Try to get there before noon to avoid the biggest crowds.

    Oh, and try the Ted's Montana ketchup. Delicious.

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      brian14leonard RE: yfunk3 Feb 2, 2011 12:51 PM

      Thanks, yfunk! Before noon is not gonna happen...

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        Dennis S RE: brian14leonard Feb 2, 2011 06:05 PM

        Then wait until 1:30.

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      SandyCat RE: brian14leonard Feb 2, 2011 11:32 AM

      --is it open for lunch on weekdays? - Yes

      --does it have tables or not? Online reviews are very confusing about this. Maybe tables but no seats? - It does have small tables with chairs, but it's often very crowded and difficult to get a seat as it is open seating

      --if it doesn't have tables/seats, and I want to go to Hell-Burger Too because it does, is Hell-Burger Too open for lunch? (From what I can glean online, it isn't.) - Don't know anything about Hell Burger Too

      --I know parking is a problem, but the Metro would be too inconvenient from my location. If I can't find a space in the lot, is there anywhere else nearby to park? Apparently there is a public garage at 1600 Wilson--are spaces usually available there in the afternoon? - I never found parking to be a huge issue, but it is a strip mall with a small-ish lot, so if it's busy, I can see how there might be parking problems.

      Hope that helps!

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        nytdct RE: SandyCat Feb 2, 2011 11:51 AM

        I think RHB One was the original smaller place and RHB Too is the new larger one (but I could be wrong)

        The Pres got a table http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray%27s_...

        Parking at the shopping center is usually a nightmare at lunch - I've been able to find a metered spot on the street most of the time with not too much trouble

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          Lori D RE: nytdct Feb 2, 2011 12:32 PM

          HB Too is in the original (smaller) place.

          Both have seating. At one, you go to a counter to order, then sit, and your burger is brought to you. At too, there is complete waiter service.

          The menus are slightly different at one and too - more non beef options at too; more beef combinations at one.

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            brian14leonard RE: Lori D Feb 2, 2011 01:04 PM

            Thanks, LoriD! Everyone has been very helpful!

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              will_5198 RE: Lori D Feb 2, 2011 06:26 PM

              Also, I believe the burgers at Too are each $1 more expensive.

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                Lori D RE: will_5198 Feb 3, 2011 05:31 AM

                That is true, but, IMO, it's worth it for the convenience.

                When too first opened, there was often a line to get into one, with tables available at too. Don't know if that is true anymore, as it's been awhile since I have been.

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              brian14leonard RE: nytdct Feb 2, 2011 12:56 PM

              Thanks!

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              brian14leonard RE: SandyCat Feb 2, 2011 12:53 PM

              Thanks, SandyCat! Back when Ray's The Steaks was there, I met my niece and her fiancee for dinner--and it was *the worst* trying-to-park experience I've ever had. There was no space in the lot, no space on the streets for a mile around, and I couldn't find any public parking garages. Eventually my niece had to go out and stand in a newly-empty spot while I circled the block.

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              Ray's The Steaks
              2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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              Mud Pig RE: brian14leonard Feb 2, 2011 01:10 PM

              Ray's HellBurger does not dissapoint, but in all honesty its just a burger. No need to plan it out like a military campaign. Park as if you were eating at Cafe Asia, then walk over to Ray's if that lot is full. Believe me it will be.

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              Cafe Asia
              1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

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                Dennis S RE: Mud Pig Feb 2, 2011 06:07 PM

                Just saying that in the CH DNA planning out lunch anywhere is somewhat of military campaign. For RHB at noon, better bring grenades (JOKING).

                There's not much point going there at noon unless there's a lot of time to spend.

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                dining with doc RE: brian14leonard Feb 2, 2011 04:04 PM

                parking...have never had a problem....may need to circle a few times
                tables-yes.....dont let the long lines and limited tables scare you. a table always seems to open the minute your food is ready
                weekdays-definitely
                should you try it-definitely. I had the burger with black peppercorns, faux gras, melted brie. OMG!!!!

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                  MikeR RE: brian14leonard Feb 3, 2011 03:12 AM

                  By now you know about lunch and tables. There are parking garages within a few blocks but parking for an hour will nearly double the cost of your lunch. But if you drive up Wilson Boulevard (uphill, toward Clarendon) a few blocks there are meters. Bring quarters or dollar coins. (you don't get much parking for a quarter any more) But cruse through the strip mall parking lot first. You might get lucky.

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                    brian14leonard RE: brian14leonard Feb 10, 2011 12:34 PM

                    Thanks, everyone! I finally did get there, and it lived up to the hype, in my opinion. Definitely a Top 10 burger, and the sauteed mushrooms were the best I've ever had. The fries were nothing special, but I expected that. Had absolutely no problem parking or getting a table, biut that's probably because we didn't get there until almost 2 PM. Hell-Burger Too was not open, and I'm not sure if that's because they just aren't open for lunch or they have a limited lunch time.

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                      Just Visiting RE: brian14leonard Feb 10, 2011 12:56 PM

                      Hell-Burger Two is definitely open for lunch. I think they open at 11:30 a.m. Not sure what time they close. It would be nice to have a Ray's website with the basic info - addresses, hours, phone numbers. Someone last week observed that while the fries are indeed meh, the onion rings are great and I second that statement. Big, batter-dipped, perfectly fried to crispy. One order easily enough for 3-4 people.

                      It is a little bit smaller (I think) and since it is table service, the tables don't turn over as quickly. More menu options, including smaller burgers and non-beef burgers (including turkey and wild boar, IIRC).

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