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

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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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.