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Nov 23, 2009 09:26 AM

Searching for the best steak tartare in Northern Virginia or DC

A couple of weeks ago I had the steak tartare at WestEnd Bistro which was amazing.
I'm looking for other suggestions for places where I can find great steak tartare.

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  1. I would check out Central or Bistro du Coin. I've personally never had it there (I'm not a huge steak tartar fan) but I've heard good things about the dish at both restaurants.

    1. Restaurant Eve. Chopped fine, egg yolk, onion. Sublime.

      1. There's the "Deviliciously Good Eggs" appetizer at Ray's The Steaks. Tartare spooned into hardboiled egg halves, served with crushed egg yolks, capers, chopped onions, pickles, and toast points.

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        1. re: DanielK

          Eve's is good. The tartare eggs at Ray's never really did anything for me, though; they were OK, and fine as an appetizer before a good steak, but If I were craving tartare as the prime part of the meal I'd much rather get some kitfo at an Ethiopian place.

          1. re: sweth

            Brasserie Beck has the best IMO -

            1. re: sweth

              Never had kitfo. What is it like? How is it spiced.

              1. re: Soup

                Depends on the place; usually it's got niter kibbeh (clarified butter simmered with spices like cumin, coriander, etc.) and mitmita (a spicy chili powder), and sometimes berbere (a different spice powder) mixed in. Many places in the DC area go very light on the spices, but you can ask for extra to mix in yourself.

                1. re: sweth

                  Also, some Ethiopian restaurants will ask if you want it cooked or raw. Others won't and if you're American, will serve it cooked unless you specify that you want it raw. It never hurts to tell the server taking your order that you want it raw. They'll treat you better.

                  1. re: MikeR

                    If you want to establish your cred, you can also order your kitfo "tire" (pronounced "tee-ray"), which means raw; in some places, just ordering it raw in English might take a few requests before they'll believe you. (You can also ask for it "leb leb", which *should* get you kitfo that is quickly seared but still mostly raw, but which in many places gets you the fully-cooked version.)

          2. My husband likes the tartare at BLT Steak in DC. He has a good palate, and is hard to please :)