100 Best Restaurants 2012: BLT Steak
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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BLT Steak
Address: 1625 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-689-8999
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Steaks, Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10:30, Friday 11:30 to 11, Saturday 5:30 to 11
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Farragut North
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Grilled double-cut bacon with a condiment of chopped garlic and parsley; oysters on the half shell; bone-in sirloin; double-cut rack of lamb; crepe soufflé.
Price Details: Starters, $9 to $23; entrées, $24 to $130.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 5 to 6:30: $5 select drinks and small plates
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

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Part bistro, part steakhouse, this high-energy dining room--one of ten BLT Steaks around the country--is thriving under chef Victor Albisu, who continually ups the culinary ante with morsels, such as house-smoked Kobe brisket, that could become a daily habit. Everything is larger than life, from the floral arrangements to the blackboard listing the day's specials to popovers the size of softballs. Midday is especially busy, with lawyers and lobbyists sinking into the pale-suede banquettes, but at night the action shifts to the raw bar, where oysters, shrimp, and lobsters glisten in snowy mounds of ice.

What to get: Kobe brisket sandwich with tobacco onions at lunch; brisket plate at dinner; tuna tartare in a soy-lime vinaigrette; hanger steak; haricots verts with gremolata; strawberry sundae with house-made ice cream and whipped cream; warm chocolate-fudge tart with pistachio ice cream; citrusy crepe soufflé.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Very expensive.

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