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Great New Restaurants 2010: Ray's the Steaks at East River
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published October 4, 2010
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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

At a time when restaurateurs are looking for new ways to lure customers, Michael Landrum has demonstrated the value of going old school. At this low-key diner in DC’s Benning/Deanwood neighborhood, it’s not just the walls of album covers that conjure the ’70s—the portions and prices do, too. The cooking, from smoked-then-fried chicken to beer-battered shrimp, recalls the simple roadhouses of the South. East of the Anacostia, DC is lacking in restaurants, but Landrum makes clear that the city as a whole is lacking, too: It doesn’t have nearly enough restaurants like this one.

Don’t miss: Crab bisque; house-smoked baby back ribs; New York strip; cobbler of the day.

For a full review of Ray's the Steaks at East River, click here.

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