Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It's Michael Landrum's World...

...we're all just waiting in line to eat his food.

For those of you who don't go, Landrum is the owner of Ray's the Steaks (find my review here), the place to get steaks in the Washington DC area.

Now, Landrum will have the place to get burgers in the area. Sorry Spike, sorry Five Guys, sorry everyone else - but this honestly sounds like the GREATEST restaurant of all time.

Here's the description that Landrum wrote on donrockwell.com:

As those of you who were too foolish to heed my warning on Monday already know, Ray's Hell-Burger (street name), aka Butcher Burgers (government name), is due to open today, Tuesday, July 1st.

We will be serving one thing only--10 ounces of our secret blend of premium and prime aged beef, char-grilled over an open flame. This is the same single-breed, farm-raised beef that we use at Ray's The Steaks and Ray's The Classics, aged in house ridiculously long, hand trimmed to the same exacting standards as all of our steaks, and ground fresh daily, several times throughout the day.

Free toppings include: sauteed mushrooms finished with sherry and brandy, grilled red onions, sauteed peppers, charred jalapenos, vine-ripened beefsteak tomatoes, roasted garlic, and dill or bread and butter pickle chips. Applewood-smoked bacon (the same that we use for the grilled bacon app at Ray's The Classics) and guacamole are available for an additional charge.

In addition to the regular quality cheeses on offer ('Merkin, aged Vermont white cheddar, imported Swiss, imported Gruyere, aged Danish Bleu/Italian Gorgonzola, smoked mozzarella, Monster, Brie, pepperjack) we wil also be offering a changing selection of specialty and artisinal cheeses--currently, Epoisse, Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue, Queen Anne Stilton, Pa Noble Cave Aged Amish Cheddar, Chimay a la biere, Taleggio, and Bel Paese.

Throughout the summer, Hell-Burgers will be served with fresh, buttered corn on the cob and a slice of cold, juicy watermelon AT NO CHARGE!!!
Dominion root beer ON TAP and other great sodas and 8-10 flavors of MOOrenko's ice cream for cones and floats (no shakes, maybe later--I don't want to be the one to push shakes into the trite category, too many others stand eager to do so soon enough).

Ray's Hell-Burger (imagine the "Hell" part in flamey letters) is located at 1713 Wilson Boulevard in the same strip mall as Ray's The Steaks. We plan to open Saturday and Sunday from noon on and weekdays from 5 pm, for the time being, with expansion into weekday lunch hours possible, maybe.

The best part about all this, for me at least, is that since Ray's Hell-Burger is located several doors down from Ray's The Steaks, now whenever someone becomes tantrumishly nasty at the door due to the wait at The Steaks, I can kindly suggest an appropriate alternative destination to them.

Photo Courtesy: Washingtonian Magazine


Anonymous said...


remember the time we were trying to be vegetarians? yeah. not tonight.

Anonymous said...

I'm wicked excited. I wish that Ray would open something in Dupont circle, like right next to my apartment building or even better, he could come and cook in my kitchen. How selfish of me.

Anonymous said...

we went. bananas will surely have an update for you, but since he's a little backlogged (you still havent heard about our dinner at the majestic!) i will happily report that the burgers were delicious and, for this night only (i'm assuming), free.