Ray's the Steaks
2300 N. Wilson Blvd.
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: Steaks, American
Open Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday 5 to 11, Saturday 4:30 to 11, Sunday 4:30 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rosslyn, Court House
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Starters $4.95 to $10.95; entrées $14.95 to $33.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Cuisine: Natural aged Angus and Hereford beef is butchered, trimmed, and hand-carved on the premises before being charbroiled at Michael Landrum’s bargain house of beef.
Mood: So stripped-down is this white, bare-walled dining room that the bottles of wine lined up in front of the kitchen could pass for art.
Best for: Anyone on the hunt for great steak at bargain prices—without the frills and formality of a big-name steakhouse.
Best dishes: Burgundian onion soup gratin; intensely meaty hanger steak; a lean yet flavorful entrecôte; a “cowboy cut” 28-ounce bone-in rib eye with grilled onions and horseradish cream; creamed spinach in which you can taste the spinach; buttery mashed potatoes; tart Key-lime pie.
Insider tips: Even more budget-minded than the regular menu are Sunday’s community three-course dinners with tabs of $25, $30, or $35 per person depending on the steak you choose—$5 of which goes to charity. Creamed spinach and buttery mashed potatoes come gratis. To avoid waiting in line—Ray’s doesn’t take reservations—arrive between 5 and 5:45. You can order Ray’s steaks to grill at home.