Since I had spent my vacation and the last couple of weekends dealing with a family medical issue I was ready to get out of town last weekend. When I got a great price line deal on the Arlington, VA Hyatt I was off for the weekend.
Whenever I get a hotel room the first thing I do is check to see what’s nearby. I was pleased to see a metro stop right across the street and several restaurants nearby. One that really caught my eye. After checking into the Hyatt (which was very nice) I was off to Ray’s Hell Burger.
It was about a 10 minute walk. When I got there about 9:00 Friday night the place was crowded but not packed. Nothing fancy but it had a good vibe and a good crowd for people watching.
I ordered the Soul Burger #1 cooked medium with corn.
This was a very good, perfectly cooked burger. My only issue was the cognac and sherry sautéed mushrooms almost over powered the delicious burger. I would definitely go back but next time I will order a different burger.
Saturday morning I set out and just walked around DC. My first visit ever to DC that I did not go to a museum. I went to Roosevelt Island, the Lincoln Memorial and wandered around downtown.
About lunch time I set off for the DC fish market. I saw Anthony Bourdain visit and it looked like it would be worth the trip. It was.
After a hot walk I finally found it.
What a place. Everything was on a barge and it was low tide. All the vendors were a couple of feet lower than the customers.
I didn’t come for raw fish though and it was lunchtime. Jimmy’s Grill has the longest line. I hoped that was a good sign.
I got Jimmy’s combo with crab cake, shrimp, fries and 2 sides. For sides I got a cucumber and onion “salad” (in vinegar) and fried tomato.
I have had fried green tomatoes but never red. These were pretty good. The shrimp were good also. Good size and well cooked. The crab cake was the star of this plate though. Very good. Maybe not Faidley’s good but then this whole plate cost the same as one of Faidley’s best, $12.95.
After lunch is was back to the hotel for a shower, some clean dry clothes and some relaxation.
After cleaning up and relaxing I walked across the Key Bridge into Georgetown,
After hitting a couple of pubs I started thinking about dinner. Georgetown has a lot of options but I ended up at an old favorite, Old Glory BBQ. It was as good as always. The ribs were excellent.
Sundays forecast looked pretty dreary so after a quick trip by the White House I headed back home.
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