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The Counter

September 14, 2009

My first trip to the Reston Town Center landed me at The Counter for dinner. From the website it looks like they are a California chain expanding to other states. I’ve never heard of it, but was really excited to build a custom burger once I took a look at their menu. There are all kinds of toppings to choose from. Some are expected like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, but there are some really interesting options like black bean and corn salsa, spicy sour cream, and fried eggs to name a few. The one I put together (pictured below) was a 1/3 lb beef burger on a honey wheat bun, with spicy sour cream, sauteed mushrooms, scallions, gruyere cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, and tomato. It was REALLY good. Cooked medium – pink with a warm red center.


The burger was juicy and the toppings were fresh. If I didn’t gobble a complementary slider while we were waiting on a table, I might have been able to eat more than half. I was probably also stuffed by all the sweet potato fries and onion strings we ordered. I’d definitely recommend either of those over regular fries. If it were at all possible, I would have tried a milkshake, but I definitely didn’t leave enough room. Maybe next time!


The Counter Reston
11922 Democracy Drive
Reston VA 20190


Ray’s Hell Burger

July 13, 2008

With all the hype of this burger joint which opened on July 1st, I was expecting the best beef patty I’ve ever tasted. Eh, not so impressed. I LOVE Michael Landrum’s other restaurant Ray’s the Steaks so I was a little disappointed with less than juicy meat, room temperature bun, and unimaginative toppings. The only redeeming qualities were the watermelon and corn that came with the mediocre 10 oz. burger. We ordered Old Dominion Root Beer to wash it all down but I would have enjoyed it much more in a frosted mug. Others have great things to say about this place, but I think if this place wasn’t owned by DC’s King of Beef it would just be another restaurant.

UPDATE 9/26/08: Gave it another try and I take back all the bad things I said about the burgers here! The buns were toasted and the toppings were fresh. I’m craving a peppercorn crusted burger with piranha sauce right now!


Pictured above: The Punisher

Ray’s Hell Burger
1713 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA