Great New Restaurants 2010: Ray’s the Steaks at East River

25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever

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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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.