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Obama and Russian Prez Chat Over Cheeseburgers

By • Jun 27th, 2010 • Category: Burger Blog

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev embarked on a tour of the US to promote economic cooperation between the two countries.  When he hit the nation’s capital, he got a free lunch out of the deal, paid for by the Commander-in-Chief.

That’s Medvedev on the left, preparing to tuck into an all-American cheeseburger on Thursday while he and Barack Obama hashed through high-level negotiations at Ray’s Hell Burger, one of DC’s most renowned burger joints.

I have it on good authority (hey, Greg!) that Ray’s dishes out one of the best burgs in the Beltway, despite being completely hidden in a nondescript strip mall in Arlington, VA.  They have no official website, nor, apparently, even an exterior sign over their shop! That’s at least according to this photo from DCMetroCentric, who was kind enough to point out the place:

Ray’s serves one thing and one thing only: a “premium aged 10-ounce burger, hand-trimmed and freshly-ground, served with lettuce and tomato on a toasted brioche bun with an orange slice.”  Of course, then you can get wacky with toppings… assuming that the orange slice (WTF?!?) isn’t enough for you.

The prezzes were joined by a pair of translators and a portable press corps, who squeezed into the tiny eatery to snap pics of the most famous burger run since, well, this one, when Obama practically put Five Guys Burger and Fries on the national map.

At Ray’s, you can get your burg grilled, au poivre-seared with a peppercorn crust, blackened with Cajun seasonings, or Diablo-grilled and brushed with chipotle marinade.  Free fixins include pickles, red onions, sauteed peppers, cognac-and-sherry mushrooms, and either Ray’s Heck sauce or his spicier green Piranha sauce.  For extra coinage, add Black Forest ham, guac, applewood-smoked bacon, roasted bone marrow, seared foie gras, or one of 16 different cheeses ranging in frou-frouness from American and Swiss to Queen Anne Stilton and Epoisse de Bourgogne.  And of course, they offer a handful of house-made burger creations with crazy names like Fat Joe, Big Punisher, the DogCatcher, and Soul Burger Number One.

POTUS opted for cheddar, onions, lettuce, tomato, and bread-and-butter pickles.  The Russian president ordered his with cheddar, onions, jalapenos, and mushrooms.  Just a couple of dudes, solving the world’s problems over cheeseburgers.  And a shared order of fries.

Afterward, Obama told the BBC that the two leaders had “succeeded in resetting our relationship.”  Medvedev seemed a bit perplexed, reporting, “I have managed to dine with President Barack Obama in an interesting place which is typically American, probably is not quite healthy.  But it’s very tasty.

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