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Completely Ridiculous Deals at Ray's the Classics

Dinner in the bar area tonight --

-- any soup or salad you wish -- which includes reamarkably good crab bisque and/or onion soup

-- 14 ounces of hand-chopped prime aged steak served smothered in mushroom, bacon and onion gravy, seared with a cracked black peppercorn crust and port-peppercorn cream and blackened with cajun spices and topped with sauteed garlic (Michael Landrum came out of the kitchen raving that this was the best steak he serves; he's rightly very excited about it)

-- tons of mashed Potatoes, creamed spinach and grilled red onions

-- any dessert of your choosing (such as the Key Lime Pie I got)

-- and all the spiced cashews you can eat

for the grand total of . . .

fifteen dollars.

Yup -- 15. One-five.

And there's an even better deal (albeit for $22) for hanger steak, too. (And a salmon special that sounds very enticing -- if you are not a mammal consumer.)

See http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?...

That's fairly insane. Just go.

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    1. Below is the announcement, though Marty L may have received the Key Lime Pie because of his celebrity status....even without the dessert it sounds awesome, and I can certainly vouch for the crab bisque being amazing.

      Chopped Steak Dinner--$15

      Soup or Salad
      14 Ounce Hand Chopped Prime Aged Steak Served:

      -With Olde-Fashioned Mushroom, Bacon and Onion Gravy
      -Seared With a Cracked Black Peppercorn Crust and Port-Peppercorn Cream
      -Blackened with Cajun Spices and Topped with Sauteed Garlic
      Add Aged Bleu Cheese Crumbles or Sauteed Mushrooms $1.00

      Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach and Grilled Red Onions

      1. Had the steak salad this evening -- $14.95 for an *enormous* platter of New York Strip Sirloin with sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, blue cheese, tomatoes, greens and balsamic. Absurd.

        The $22 hanger-steak special, btw, is a $6 appetizer (any soup or salad, including the luscious crab bisque), any $6 dessert, *and* the hanger steak. And prodigious amounts of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. And bread and olive oil. And unlimited spiced cashews. All for $22.

        That's the bar section at RtC -- Monday through Friday only. Not to be missed.

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        1. re: MartyL

          TUESDAY through Friday. They remain closed on Sundays and Mondays.

          The bar menu isn't available at lunch, and in case it wasn't clear, this is ONLY if you eat at the bar or one of the bar tables. This deal is NOT available in the dining room, and the special items like the bacon and chopped steak don't even appear on the dining room menu.

          There is no stated ending date on the bar menu, but that's not to say it couldn't change or disappear at any time.

        2. WOW!! That sounds wonderful. I haven't been to this well-reviewed restaurant yet...don't get out to Silver Spring that often...but this might be reason enough.

          Is there a time limit for this?

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          1. re: Elyssa

            We went last night to the bar and had the chopped steak special (with peppercorn crust and sauce). OMG! Unbelieveable. Ray himself was (a) answering phones, (b) greeting guests at the door, (c) tending to the bar, (d) waitering at both the bar (which was full of eaters) and regular restaurant (along with the bartender and hostess, who themselves were running all over the place). All with a smile on his face. Ray volunteers that the chopped steak is the "best item on the menu." He may be right, but the man shouldn't be touting a meal that he surely is losing money on! I felt guilty eating so well for so little. (My only quibble is that the chopped steaks, which had wonderful blackened crusts, were both rarer than requested -- but we didn't bother sending back because we saved the rarer parts for our doggie bag.)

            1. re: Marissa

              Do you mean Michael? I wasn't aware of anyone actually named Ray involved in the day to day operations...

              1. re: Marissa

                By "Ray" do you mean Michael Landrum? :)

                1. re: Lowbar

                  Yeah, we said are you "Ray" and he said yes -- but it's the same guy as in the picture from the review on the front desk.

            2. The deal at Ray's The Classics now is a 3-course meal for $24 with a very nice selection for each course. My meal was totally off the hook with the reliable crab bisque, a phenomenal spicy sliced steak, huge sides, and a good coconut cream pie for dessert. Hard as I tried, I couldn't finish all that food. One bite of that sliced steak had me reeling.

              10 Replies
                1. re: ktmoomau

                  I think they're still closed on Monday.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    Oh yeah... that's what I meant. Thanks.

                2. re: Steve

                  How late are they open? This sounds awesome (you had me at coconut cream pie!) and I'm hoping to go tonight after a movie.

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    I answered on the other topic as well, but I thought of something else. I had a banquet there in the back room on Tuesday, and when we left at 10:30, there were still people dining.

                    I don't know if they'd sit a table THAT late, but on a Thursday, with a film festival going on 50 feet away, I can't imagine them not taking a 9:30 table.

                    1. re: DanielK

                      I think we would want to eat at the bar anyway, so we can get that special deal. Thanks Daniel. I let you know how our meal is. First Ray's experience :)

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        First Ray's period???? No Ray's Hellburger or Ray's the Steaks? OMG... maybe I will have to take you to Hellburger then we can get drinks at Guajillo after...

                        1. re: ktmoomau

                          speaking of rayses, last night we were walking by the little shopping center and there were about a billion people in the old ray's the steaks. what's the deal? is that hellburgers now? and then what is going on where hellburgers used to be? is it ray's the net now? i was so intrigued but my dumb boyfriend was dragging me to rhodeside (which i actually like so no hate there) but he wouldn't let me investigate!

                          1. re: littlew1ng

                            Yeah, that's been reported on another thread pretty heavily. The to-be Ray's the Catch location (old RTS) has been converted to Ray's Hell Burger for the time being due to demand. The old RHB may become RHB Express (take-out only). Ray's the Catch will have to wait for the time being.

                          2. re: ktmoomau

                            It was my first Ray's period. They are now selling the Hellburger at Ray's Classics. The person next to me got it and damn was that an excellent smelling burger!

                  2. Ended up at Ray's the Classics last night for the $24 3-course meal special. This is an incredible deal!! Quite possibly one of the best out there.

                    I started with the Cesar salad which was perfectly dressed, garlicky and nice. Then I had the hanger steak. Besides being juicy and perfectly cooked it was HUGE! There were 2 pieces of hanger steak. (I took the 2nd piece home and will be having it for dinner tonight). I got the horseradish cream with it, but really the steak alone was good. The entree came with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach to share with the table. Both very nice.

                    Even though I barely had room got it I got the key lime pie for dessert. It was tangy, smooth and the perfect ending to a nice, affordable meal.

                    My friend had the crab soup, steak wrapped with bacon (can't remember the cut) and the cheesecake. While thoroughly stuffed at the end of the meal, she was very happy as well.

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                    1. re: Elyssa

                      Glad to see you (finally) on the Ray's bandwagon, Elyssa!

                      FWIW, the hanger steak is the smallest steak on the menu by a good measure.

                    2. Thank you very much for this posting. We went to Ray's The Classics for the $24 deal tonight. What a deal! I had clam chowder, a 14 oz sirloin steak with grilled mushroom and onions, and dark chocolate mousse. My BF had Caesar salad (the waitress was so sweet to bring him some bacon), the Diablo spicy NY strip steak, and chocolate fudge cake.

                      The food was delicious (though my steak was undercooked) and there was plenty to take home. The waitress said that they don't really advertise this special--just known by word of mouth.

                      Thanks MartyL for giving me the inside scoop!

                        1. re: Bethheth

                          We went last week and it was still on. Great deal; my boyfriend's steak diablo was gigantic - the equivalent of 2 full steaks.

                          1. re: reiflame

                            To clarify - the deal from the OP is long since expired, but Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday in the bar area you can get a 3-course meal for $24. They're closed Monday, and you usually can't get the deal on a Friday or Saturday.

                            1. re: DanielK

                              ^^Do you know if this is still the case. I haven't been for about a year, but I'd love to check it out if it's still going on. I wish they had a website, it's hard to find info on their menu or deals because they don't.

                                1. re: beauxgoris

                                  No website. Well, they've parked the domain, but it's just address and phone number.

                                  They're now open 7 days, and you can get the $24 3-course meal in the bar Mon-Fri, with "limited availability" Sat/Sun.

                                  1. re: DanielK

                                    ^^Thank you. That will draw me in for sure. I've always thought their restaurant was well priced actually for the quality of the food. It would be fun to be able to check out their website (or show it to out of town guests as a way to tempt them to dinner). I noticed the same thing too: they've got the site, it's just not running yet I guess. Hopefully soon!