100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ray's the Classics
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 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.

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The arrival of the Fillmore concert venue has upped the foot traffic on this block--not that Michael Landrum's steak-heavy restaurant needed it. Here and at his Ray's the Steaks and Ray's Hell-Burger in Arlington, Landrum has a knack for developing a following of loyal customers. Part of it has to do with favorites such as lump-crab-packed bisque and steak-tartare-topped deviled eggs. But much of the appeal is the absence of pretension--in summer you'll likely see Landrum bumming around his restaurants in shorts--and a respect for value. Steaks are of very good quality, from the $19.99 hanger to the $35.99 behemoth of a rib eye called a cowboy cut. They no longer come with free sides, but in steakhouse land, $5 for mashed potatoes is a steal.

What to get: Blue-cheese-and-bacon salad; big, spicy diablo-style prawns; buttery, broiled crab royale; New York strip or porterhouse with béarnaise or brandy-mushroom sauce. In the lounge: Ray's Hell-Burger imports including the bacon-and-swiss-topped Soul Burger Number One and the peppery, blue-cheesy B.I.G. Poppa; mac and cheese.

Open daily for dinner. Expensive.

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