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
When we crave a thick, bloody steak, this is the place that leaps to mind. Not that there aren't lots of other options, but we prefer restaurateur Michael Landrum's for its value, its warmth, and its scale. This is a steakhouse for the common man.
The loud, bare-walled dining room might be off-putting if it weren't for the great deal you're getting. Heaping sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach come free. Sommelier Mark Slater has bulked out the wine list, which abounds in obscure finds and bargains.
What to get: Sherry-spiked crab bisque; blackened scallops with garlic; crab royale, broiled and finished with sherry-shallot butter; Cowboy Cut, a nearly two-pound bone-in rib eye; Steak Bertolucci, a New York strip with bone marrow; hanger steak; chocolate mousse.
Open daily for dinner. Moderate.