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: Whether you go for the hulking cowboy cut, the Guinnness-marinated short rib, or the fajita-style sirloin, you can be sure that Michael Landrum’s beef, which he butchers himself, will be excellent. It’ll also cost less than at the big-boy steakhouses.
Mood: Landrum is moving his steakhouse to a much bigger space down the street, where one dining room will have the same stark feel—skull-and-crossbones flag and all—as the old Ray’s the Steaks and another will echo the mood of Silver Spring’s supper-clubby Ray’s the Classics. One big change? The restaurant will start taking reservations by phone.
Best for: A budget meal that still feels special.
Best dishes: Seared scallops seasoned for garlic lovers; deviled eggs filled with steak tartare; crab royale; hanger steak with thick béarnaise or luscious mushroom-brandy sauce; picanha, a churrascaria cut that’s as flavorful as a hanger steak and as tender as a New York strip; rib eye with creamy horseradish sauce; the 28-ounce cowboy cut.
Insider tips: Ray’s hanger steak has always been one of the best deals in town—$19.95 gets you a sizable cut of flavorful meat plus the creamed spinach and mashed potatoes that come with every entrée—and now Landrum has implemented a steak menu with eight cuts for less than that price.
Open daily for dinner. Expensive.