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Jul 16, 2009 03:30 PM

Tom: Ray's The Steaks...

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  1. I was fortunate to dine at the original Ray's several years ago. It's still one of the highlights from my trip to D.C. that I will never forget (along with Palena's roast chicken).

    Kudos to Landrum for doing something so right. Although he eschews cocktails, if he ever does consider opening a watering hole it could be called Ray's The Bar.

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      The bar at Ray's the Classics in Silver Spring is affectionately known as "Ray's the Bar" by many who frequent it.

      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        hahaha, i have thought about this many times, trish. i think it would be cool to do a speakeasy-type bar at night and a hot food/salad bar during the day.

      2. Respectfully disagree with the 21/2 star rating. This is by far my favorite restaurant in the DC area, in fact I just returned from there this evening. The crab bisque is not to be missed, if their steaks weren't so phenomenal, I'd seriously order a cup for an app and then a bowl for my entree. But their steaks ARE that good, buttery tender (for the filet), meaty and flavorful (for the onglet), and just obscene for the cowboy cut. Had a great deal tonight, $23.99 for three courses- choice of cesar salad or soup, sirloin or hanger/onglet, plus a dessert. A-mazing deal. To order lamb chops at this place is just misguided, although I'm surprised it wasn't as stellar as every other dish the restaurant puts out, still, if you're reviewing Rays the STEAKS, get a steak, sheesh,

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        1. re: mjhals

          But they do a LOT of things besides steak that are absolutely outstanding: blackened scallops, coconut custard pie even something as simple as sauteed onions. Add in an incredible wine list and pricing and this is a real destination for someone from even a long distance away. A real treasure for the D. C. area or any area, for that matter!

          1. re: mjhals

            Going tonight. What's the deal with the $23.99?

            1. re: nickdanger

              $23.99 for three courses. For the first course you had a choice of cesear salad or a cup of soup. For the second course they offered either sirloin, hanger, or a third which I can't recall (I think it was a non-red meat dish IIRC). Third course was key lime pie or chocolate mouse. Not sure how long the special was supposed to last, sorry.

              1. re: mjhals

                I'm pretty sure the $24 "Bistro Special" is available Mon-Thurs, but you have to ask for it - I don't think it's printed on the menu.

                1. re: DanielK

                  I'm on it and will ask for it tonight. Hangar is always good, but the cowboy is usually tempting. Still, the price.....Thanks.