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What to order at Ray's Hell Burger?

mystique Jul 8, 2012 09:12 AM

First, I want to thank all DMV hounds for helping me out over the past 10 days. :)

We're going to Ray's Hell Burger today, as that seems to be THE place for a burger (thought about Central, but doesn't seem what I'm looking for)...wondering what to order? The bone marrow or foie seem tempting, but are they just too much? Jumping the shark, so to speak? For seasoning, it seems like I should go with the classic grill...but from there I'm left wondering.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)


  1. j
    Just Visiting Feb 17, 2013 03:32 AM

    Everything is fantastic IMHO though I nearly always stick to a plain burger w/ grilled onions because why mess with perfection (and I really don't like cheese on a burger). Believe it or not, the turkey burger is also fantastic - it is made with sage and is always juicy. We took a vegan there because he said he wouldn't be bothered if we ate meat and he got the portobello and said it was great. And the value is great, too.

    However, let's hope they find another location FAST because Ray's the Third can't cope with the demand. They are taking reservations (!) but it is just too many people for too few tables. We didn't have reservations but figured we would go really early and well, that sort of worked. We got there at 5:36 and there was a 15 minute wait and the place was already slammed.

    They are doing counter service at the bar and there seemed to be a steady stream of people coming in to order at the bar.

    1. alkapal Feb 13, 2013 06:01 AM

      posting here because there are a ziliion "ray's" threads….http://washingtonexaminer.com/rays-he...

      1. law_doc89 Jan 20, 2013 09:47 PM

        Best burgers in the area are in Glen Burnie.

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        1. re: law_doc89
          wineo1957 Jan 22, 2013 04:10 AM


          1. re: wineo1957
            Jason1 Jan 22, 2013 10:16 AM

            My best guess is this is a reference to the new Gino's, which I still haven't been to. I'd be more impressed, though, if it's a Mutiny Pirate Bar reference, which is probably the best burger in Glen Burnie. I don't believe either compares with Hell Burger.

            1. re: Jason1
              law_doc89 Jan 28, 2013 01:55 PM

              Surely you know Honey Bee?


        2. m
          MikeR Jan 19, 2013 03:39 AM

          Well, on Sunday and Monday (Inauguration), if you're one of the first 2013 people to visit Ray's To The Third, you can get a Li'l Devil for a $5 donation to one of Ray's favored charities. The restaurant is being temporarily reconfigured with a counter for this event and you can't get items off the regular menu on those two days.

          The man hi'self's post on Don Rockwell's forum:
          (I tried my darndest to post a link to the individual message but all that would come up was a long thread with this near the end, hence the somewhat shortened re-post:

          In what may well be the final paroxysms of ecstatic cathartic release bringing to a close the cycle of madness that was begun here in these pages over 4 1/2 years ago, we will be honoring and celebrating the Inauguration in the most fitting way possible--in one great Song of the He-Goat.

          On Sunday, January 20, 2013 (the Private Swearing In) we will be offering 2013 Li'l Devils with Vermont Cheddar Cheese and Tomato (Dijon Optional) and a small side (changing throughout the day, no guarantees) AT ABSOLUTELY NO COST. Free. Gratis (Bottled sodas/water $2--cash only).

          Well, on Monday, January 21, 2013, we will be doing the very same thing! 2013 Li'l Devils with Cheddar and Tomato. Cheeseburgers. Free. Or as I like to call them, sorry I can't help myself, dithyramburgers.

          The catch? We request that for each burger a $5 donation be made (checks are cool), which we will turn over to the Boys and Girls Club in its entirety. Sunday will go to the Boys and Girls Club in North East for their after school meals program (often the only meal of the day outside of the school free lunch program for many of these kids). Monday will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria where many of my employees were members as kids and whose own kids are clients today.

          Location: Ray's To The Third, 1650 Wilson Boulevard.
          Time: 11:30 AM until the last burger is given away, both days.

          1. Dennis S Jan 16, 2013 10:24 AM

            In case it wasn't known by anyone, Ray's Hell is closed at that location. Probably to re-open elsewhere, but who knows when.


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            1. re: Dennis S
              Steve Jan 16, 2013 11:17 AM

              For those who don't read the link, all of Ray's Hellburgers, cheesesteaks and other items can still be enjoyed at Ray's to the Third across Wilson Blvd. I believe they have set up a counter service area for burgers and cheesesteaks, so the experience will be about the same as before.

              1. re: Steve
                pgm123 Jan 18, 2013 11:28 PM

                They didn't have counter service when I was last there and the experience was definitely not the same, but perhaps they hadn't quite set it up yet.

                I hope this dispute ends. Even though no one liked the long lines and crapped conditions, the atmosphere was part of the experience.

                One of the comments in the Arlnow article says that the court date is February 8th, so we'll see what happens.

                1. re: pgm123
                  Steve Jan 19, 2013 08:14 AM

                  I was at the old Hellburger space a couple of weeks ago. The original, for lunchtime. They had both cheesesteaks and burgers on the menu (previously it was just cheesesteaks), and there was no line at all. Maybe nobody realised they added burgers to the menu.

                2. re: Steve
                  miltronix Jan 28, 2013 01:30 PM

                  For some reason Ray's to the Third twice now has not made the steak and cheese to the same quality as at Ray's Hellburgers. The waiters always claim the restaurant makes the sandwiches the same as how they did it in Ray's Hellburger but they definitely aren't. The meat was really clumped together and not as seared. Certainly not the juicy, tender, greasy affair I've enjoyed previously I've left Ray's to the Third disappointed both times and wonder if the delicious steak and cheese will ever come back to life.

                3. re: Dennis S
                  lalajane Feb 15, 2013 01:53 PM

                  I was also wondering if RHB had opened back up. Dispute with landlord, which seems crazy to me. That woman should thank her lucky stars Ray's was in that strip mall.

                  1. re: Dennis S
                    lalajane Feb 15, 2013 01:56 PM

                    I made my comment above before seeing this link. I stil say that woman is insane. I hope RHB pops up somewhere with more parking choices.

                  2. p
                    patj03 Jul 11, 2012 05:38 AM

                    The suggestions by others are great and I would stick with any of them for a 1st trip to Hellburger. But I recently tried the steak and cheese and loved it. It is not a Philly s&c. And as it is delivered to the table, it initially feels like you must eat it open faced, which does not work at all.
                    But once I picked at it a little with my fork so I could get my hands around it, I loved it.

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                    1. re: patj03
                      Dennis S Jul 11, 2012 08:31 AM

                      Steak and cheese and cheesesteaks are two different sandwiches, period (lots of convos over the years on this one).

                      To the OP, I like the Big Poppa (blue cheese).

                    2. m
                      mystique Jul 8, 2012 03:48 PM

                      Thanks for the tips! I ended up going with the small with smoked mozarella, onions, and bacon. It was yummy! Too much for me to eat, though - I can't imagine someone eating the large one! Now on to find Chinese... :)

                      1. t
                        Transplanted Texan Jul 8, 2012 02:05 PM

                        I'm fond of the roasted garlic, crispy shallots, and sauteed onions and mushrooms. They complement the burger beautifully.

                        The smaller burger is plenty. The regular fries are not worth the calories. Sweet potato fries are the way to go.

                        1. woodleyparkhound Jul 8, 2012 12:21 PM

                          I had the bone marrow one once - wouldn't do it again. Like you suggested, I thought it was way too much. I tend to prefer the more classic burger toppings.

                          1. d
                            dining with doc Jul 8, 2012 10:47 AM

                            Peppercorn encrusted cheeseburger withBrie, foie gras, White truffle oil, Crispey shallots,sautéed mushrooms, rays sauce &an order of sweet potato fries

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