Ray's the Steaks at East River (Closed)
3905 Dix St.
Washington, DC 20019
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, American
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 to 9:30, Sunday noon to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Minnesota Ave., Benning Road
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
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.
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