100 Best Restaurants 2009: Ray's the Classics
No. 54: Ray's the Classics
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
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Ray's the Classics
Address: 8606 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-7297
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Steaks
Opening Hours: Open daily for dinner, 5:30 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Crab bisque; crab royale sprinkled with Old Bay; the entrecôte and the hanger steak; jumbo diver scallops; the ten-ounce Ray’s Hell-Burger; creamed spinach; Key-lime pie.

Cuisine: Supersize cowboy and Hereford steaks—house-aged and expertly trimmed—are the draw at Michael Landrum’s modest steakhouse, but they keep good company with dishes that pay homage to Maryland’s rich culinary heritage, including crab bisque and an inspired crab royale.

Mood: This spinoff of Ray’s the Steaks in Arlington is bigger, fancier, and more comfortable. Oversize booths impart a clubby feel in one small room, while wooden beams and bookshelves lined with wine bottles make a larger space cozy.

Best for: Diners who value serious steaks over opulent decor, quiet success over a dog-and-pony show, and three dollar signs over four.

Best dishes: Juicy, thick entrecôte; decadent crab bisque; crab royale, a generous, butter-drenched mound of lump meat sprinkled with Old Bay; hanger steak; creamed spinach; tangy Key-lime pie.

Insider tips: Portions are likely to leave you too full for dessert, making the small mug of complimentary hot chocolate that arrives with the bill in winter welcome. Want a meal that’s an even better value? The bar offers three courses for $23.95. The prime burger, aged and ground in-house like the steaks, is a hefty ten-ouncer imported from Ray’s Hell-Burger in Arlington. It can be enjoyed at the bar here—with a beer and without the lines.

Service: •½

Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Moderate to expensive.

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