100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ray’s to the Third

Metro-accessible cheap restaurants: Ray's Hell Burger Cheap Eats 2016
The Brimstone Burger at Ray's Hell Burger, which has locations on every metro line. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Michael Landrum’s minimally adorned steakhouses—Ray’s the Steaks in Arlington and Ray’s the Classics in Silver Spring—offer white-tablecloth fare at reasonable prices. At Ray’s Hell-Burger and Nice ’n’ Greasy Steak ’n’ Cheesy, he elevates junk-food favorites with great ingredients. This movie-poster-lined dining room offers the best of both. You can go high end with a bone-marrow-flanked New York strip or casual with a gloriously greasy cheesesteak (get it with the spicy mayo known as “groove grease”) or the spectacular Mack burger, topped with American cheese and tangy “heck sauce.” 

Don’t miss: Mixed baby greens; crab bisque; lobster mac and cheese; crab royale; creamed spinach;n Shake and Bake shake with caramel, chocolate, bourbon, and bacon crumbles.

Open: Daily for lunch and dinner.

Moderate.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

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