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Cheap Eats 2011: Ray's the Steaks at East River
Comments () | Published August 16, 2011
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Ray's the Steaks at East River (Closed)
Address: 3905 Dix St., Washington, DC 20019
Phone: 202-396-7297
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 to 9:30, Sunday noon to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Minnesota Ave., Benning Road
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Beer-battered shrimp; cold-smoked fried chicken; crab royale; crabcake sandwich; crab bisque; New York strip; baby back ribs; Key-lime pie; chocolate mousse; cobbler of the day.
Price Details: Sandwiches $6.95 to $11.95, entrées $9.95 to $21.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

From the neon signs outside to the Al Green and Stevie Wonder record covers on the walls, Michael Landrum's east-of-the-Anacostia steakhouse has a retro vibe. The biggest throwback? The prices.

If you order right, three people can spend around $50 and take home leftovers. That might mean passing up a T-bone steak, but lots of options still remain, including fried chicken that's smoked over hickory wood before getting crisped in a skillet. Burgers--some of the best in town--are made from a half pound of house-ground steak. And Landrum is nearly as good with seafood as with beef--the creamy crab bisque is stocked with jumbo-lump meat.

Also good: Beer-batter fried shrimp; broiled crab royale; mac and cheese; Key-lime pie.

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

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