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100 Best Restaurants 2010: Ray's the Steaks
No. 19: Ray's the Steaks
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published January 1, 2010
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Ray's the Steaks
Address: 2300 N. Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
Phone: 703-841-7297
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: Steaks, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday 5 to 11, Saturday 4:30 to 11, Sunday 4:30 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Price Details: Starters $4.95 to $10.95; entrées $14.95 to $33.95.

Cuisine: Superb cowboy cuts, hanger steaks, and New York strips butchered in-house by proprietor Michael Landrum. The emphasis here is on good value—among the complimentary treats are Tiger Butter fudge, spiced cashews, creamed spinach, and mashed potatoes.

Mood: You won’t find many of the accoutrements of the old-guard DC power dens here. Landrum’s steakhouse—which moved from its smaller Courthouse location last winter—has the soul of a neighborhood restaurant: noisy, casual, and often crowded, despite servers’ tendency to hurry diners through their meal.

Best for: A fast weeknight dinner; sirloins on a budget.

Best dishes: Crab bisque, packed with lump meat; Caesar salad; New York strip with hot “diablo” sauce and blue cheese or velvety brandied mushrooms; picanha steak with green “piranha” sauce; cowboy cut; hanger steak with béarnaise; buttery crab royale; coconut custard pie; Key-lime pie.

Insider tips: Landrum will debut Ray’s the Glass in mid-January in the same building as Ray’s the Steaks, with celebrated sommelier Mark Slater, previously at Citronelle, overseeing a menu of 60 wines by the glass.

Service: ••

Open daily for dinner. Expensive.

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