100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ray's to the Third
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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Ray's to the Third
Address: 1650 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 974-7171
Neighborhood: Arlington
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House
Price Range: Moderate
Reservations: Not Needed

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If a Washington restaurant touts comforting helpings of Americana, it'll usually set you back a hundred bucks or more for two. Not so at meat maverick Michael Landrum's latest restaurant. You'd have to hit one of the area's many ethnic mom-and-pops to find a place of comparable value.

The decor is nonexistent--it actually looks unfinished--and service is more pleasant than polished, but neither is the reason you come. You come for an experience that evokes the heyday of the old Hot Shoppes chain--but with better ingredients and more attention to detail. The thick, charred steaks, platters mounded with great fried food, and creamy milkshakes are powerful enticements in a time of tightening wallets.

What to get: Landrum's signature crab bisque; Gusher burgers, a pair of six-ounce patties sandwiching cheese of your choice; hanger steak; a platter of fried shrimp, cold-smoked fried chicken, and fries.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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