Ray's Steak and Cheese Redux
In some ways, Nice and Greasy Steak n' Cheesy is close to the ideal of a cheese steak. Charred, soft, juicy, gorgeous meat, onions, and loads of deeply flavored cheese. Glorious.
But it was a very salty sandwich.
And finally, the bread is wrong. It's more like a hoagie-shaped brioche. Too soft and sweet.
So good I could go back often... but flawed enough to maybe keep me away.
Not all of his edits are improvements. On a recent trip to whatever-it-is-called-today, formerly known as HellBurger Two, the previously nice decor looked stripped-down and shabby. I couldn't quite put my finger on what had changed other than the addition of a cash machine on one wall and the addition of the ordering counter. No more table service. And no more credit cards. And now the cash machine - which wasn't actually working - is not a no-fee machine. At the original, the ordering counter has been enclosed in what looks like a plywood shack.
However, I don't really care what he calls the places and I'm not too fussed about the appearance, either. The food (at every Ray's Whatever) is always great and a great value, too. And as much as I love the (beef) burgers, I admit to loving the turkey burgers, too. Both the bourbon turkey burger in Silver Spring and the turkey burger with sage at the original Hellburger annex were terrific. I would ordinarily be very reluctant to order a turkey burger because they are usually hard and dry, but these two are really great.
So here's to Ray's Whatever.
זמן הוא יכול לחיות ולהמשיך ושומע את אותם קולות קטנים.