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Sep 26, 2009 07:44 PM

Is there a place in Washington DC that serves massive steaks?

Does anyone know if there is a place in Washington DC that serves massive steaks? Just to clarify here I am talking really big steaks not this 16/24' ounce stuff.

I am British and since moving to the USA I have been on the lookout for a place that sells stupidly big steaks, but alas so far the best I have got is a 30' ounce steak that I had a butcher cut for me.

If there is not, then can someone recommend a nice place for my wife and I to have dinner. We will be in the city and using the metro. I am not really comfortable with posh restaurants, I prefer something casual but with nice big portions. We both like the standard fare, steaks,pasta dishes etc.

Ohh and whilst I am posting, are there any fantastic buffets in DC, again they would have to be in the city and accessible via the metro system. Maybe a Chinese buffet or something along those lines.

I scanned through the board and came across Fogo de Chao, but I am really not sure I want to be spending $150/200 for a buffet or any meal really. Not sure if that makes me cheap but it seems like overkill to me. This isn't a anniversary or anything special just looking for somewhere nice to eat beyond chains places like Red Lobster etc

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  1. Whole foods in the area has dry aged meats that they will cut for you any size you want but you will need to cook it yourself. The steakhouses in the area all serve large steaks. I know that Smith and Wolenskys serves a 48oz porterhouse. Shula's does the same. You can check with the others such as The Palm, Capitol Grill, Ruths Chris and so on.
    Good luck!

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    1. re: fcpgsp

      These are all good suggestions--especially Whole Foods. I also wonder how large the steaks are at Ray's the Steaks in Arlington? (maybe another hound can help with that).

      Regarding Fogo de Chao, the price is $32.50 per person for lunch and $49.50 per person for dinner, which is pretty decent for all you can eat quality meat. In fact, the lunch is a really good deal if you can make it your main meal of the day.

      1. re: Gigi007

        The biggest steak at Ray's the Steaks in Arlington (Courthouse Metro) is the 30+ oz. bone-in "cowboy" ribeye. It's around $30, but includes creamed spinach and mashed potatoes.

        1. re: DanielK

          Thanks, Daniel. I figured Ray's had to have a big steak. Sounds like a deal.

          P.S. Not a steak, but how about that giant hamburger at BGR in Bethesda? I forget how big it is, but it looks like a monster! :)

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      1. Thank you all for the replies, my wife and I have decided to try out Ray's, on the basis of all the positive reviews it has received around here. Could someone tell me if it is still located at 1725 Wilson Blvd?

        EDIT: OK I cant stand mashed potato, tell me they have french fries!

        1. re: Dean_UK

          No fries. No other potatoes, in fact - just mashed.

          1. re: Dean_UK

            As DanielK said, just mashed but sides are more of an after thought here. They're very good, don't get me wrong, but you get a small amount on side bowls to share. The steak easily takes the starring role. The steak is amazing.

            1. re: chowser

              Sides are unlimited at Ray's - you can ask for more if you eat what they bring. Also, if you take home leftovers, they give you more sides in the box!

              1. re: DanielK

                That's good to know. I like it that way--less waste. Not that I've ever left there wishing I had more food...;-)

            2. re: Dean_UK


              Those come free you could order other things. For example a start of the crab bisque is a nice way to go.

            3. deangold: seriously, how often is something that massive ordered? or is it usually split btw 2 diners?

              1. re: hill food

                We sell about 20-30 a week. 60% to single diners. Very few finish it themselves. There is one guy who comes in and he is about the same size as the steak and he polishes it off all by himself.

                1. re: deangold

                  interesting and more than I would have guessed, I have noticed the champion "competitive eaters" are usually rather lithe.

                  1. re: hill food

                    I was thinking the same thing. Even at Rays, I take home more than half the steak and these people are ordering twice as much!

            4. Ah, just noticed that you'd decided to go to Ray's, so I've deleted what I was going to say about there being a huge steak at Mortons.

              I think Ray's has moved from that address - the search I just did tells me they're at 2300 Wilson Blvd now (but maybe a Virginian will confirm that - I'm walking distance from the one in Silver Spring, so I've never been to the original one in Va.)

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              1. re: rarotonga

                They're at 2300 Wilson now. If you take metro, get off at the Courthouse stop on the Orange line and take the elevator up to Wilson Blvd. You'll be right across the street from Ray's.

              2. I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has replied to this post. My wife and I are now back from Washington DC.

                We ended up eating at Rays the Steaks, which we both enjoyed very much. I personally had the big steak which I couldn't finish and my wife had the filet mijon in some kind of sauce. Both steaks were fantastic and cooked perfectly.

                I didn't touch the mashed potato but my wife loved it. I did however LOVE the creamed spinach, never had that before and wow was it tasty.

                We made a reservation and had to wait a few minutes to be seated. The service was fine, they were very very busy for a Wednesday evening.

                My only real gripe I guess was with the noise, it was VERY VERY noisy and because the seating is kind of cramped it was difficult to have any kind of meaningful conversation. I also didnt like the fact that there were no coke/pepsi products, we both dont drink and I found it surprising not to have any of the regular cokes etc.

                In total it came to around $80 for both of us, which I thought was fantastic value considering what we had.

                Once again thank you to everyone who replied and offered suggestions.

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                1. re: Dean_UK

                  Everywhere in DC is noisy these days it seems. it's VERY hard to avoid.

                  1. re: hill food

                    Interior design of places like Ray's doesn't seem to help any: bare brick walls, high ceilings, sheet metal everywhere, and no sound dampening. At least Ray's doesn't have a dozen television sets.

                  2. re: Dean_UK

                    It's not bad if you go off hours but then you're going off hours. The creamed spinach at Rays is excellent--much better than what I've had elsewhere, home made aside.

                    1. re: chowser

                      Dean, glad you enjoyed it! Ray's is a local treasure.

                      As to your Coke/Pepsi comment, he's always offered Boylen's or some similar natural sodas in his places, rather than corn syrup based products.

                      Chowser, I didn't realize Ray's had "off hours"! They're pretty much packed open to close.

                      1. re: DanielK

                        I ate at 4:30 one day on a Sautrday and it was pretty empty. But, again, it's eating at 4:30 pm. I prefer it with a heavy meal because you have a chance to walk around and don't go to bed on a full stomach. But, I haven't been since Obama visited Hellburgers and I'm guessing there's residual traffic to the other Rays.

                        1. re: chowser

                          Sounds like you haven't been since they've moved to the new locale then farther up on Wilson. It's about 3 times the size of the old place, but you're right, it's still been packed every single time I've been. Decor is more elegant/finished in the new spot, but still very stark. Carpeting (in one area), white walls, mirrors, and nicely cushioned chairs- that's it for details. But no exposed brick, sheet metal or overhead pipes anymore.

                  3. From what I have seen BVG "Bobby Van's Grill" has the largest steaks I have seen in the city. Ribeye is great and they have a really big porterhouse. Also really not stuffy, it seemed like there were a lot of suits but also a bunch of t-shrits.