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Steakhouse - not super fancy/overpriced

HI all,

My father is coming to visit me at school and we are craving steak. After doing quite a bit of research in terms of pricing/deliciousness, I settled on Sam and Harry's. I don't know why, because once I made the decision, I began to read more reviews, and they all mentioned how empty it is...and how it isn;t even that good anymore.

So, now I am leaning towards BLT, but I am concerned that it might be a bit too expensive. This isn't for a true special occasion, we just want gooooood steak, not a fancy place.

I've perused most of the topics on this, but most the suggested places are higher on the fancy spectrum than anticipated. Of course, if I can't get good steak without going to a fancy steakhouse, then....I'll just have to make do!

I'd prefer DC proper, because I do not think we will have a car.

Thank you so much!

Also, do all places that have bone-in steaks give you a spoon to scoop out the marrow?

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  1. Personally, I think BLT would be a big disappointment.

    Take a look at "The Grill" at Smith & Wollensky. http://www.smithandwollensky.com/menu... You can order off of the normal menu as well.

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    Smith & Wollensky
    1112 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    1. BLT has marrow, it is rather pricy though. I know Ray's in not in DC but it's really an easy Metro Ride (11 minutes from Metro Center) and they also have marrow and great prices.

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      1. re: Giggling Gourmand

        Yeah, second Ray's emphatically, especially for someone who wants "good steak without going to a fancy steakhouse". This is EXACTLY what Ray's tries to be.

        They have some cuts with the bones, and have one that specifically offers a marrow bone already split so you don't need to scoop!

        1. re: Giggling Gourmand

          You should totally go to Ray's. Either the Arlington location or the Silver Spring location. Both easy walking distance from the Metro.

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          Ray's the Classics
          8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

          Ray's The Steaks
          2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

          1. re: DCDeb

            Also Ray's the Classics has an amazing 3-course dinner deal if you dine in the bar (which has normal tables etc). You get soup or salad, your choice of an entree (I always go for the hanger steak because it's the best in town), which also automatically comes with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, and your choice of dessert (get the key lime pie). I think the price for the 3-course meal is something crazy like $30-$35! It's an amazing deal, with huge portions. I usually take half of the meal home.

            You can make a night of it by going to see a movie at the AFI theater across the street. Or a play at the Roundhouse Theater (also across the street).

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            Ray's the Classics
            8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

            1. re: Elyssa

              You can get the three course deal in the dining room too. Or at least you could when I was there in July.

              1. re: 4X4

                If it's not a weekend, and it's not busy, you can get the "bistro special" in the main dining room, not just the bar tables, but you have to ask for it - not on the menu. The price is down to $23, but no longer includes dessert. Also, the sides have changed to broccoli and baked potato.

                It's an astounding deal.

          2. re: Giggling Gourmand

            News Flash: Rays has a DC location.

            Rays the Steaks East of the River. Lower rent, lower prices, expanded menu.

            1. re: Steve

              Well, first of all East River isn't as convenient via Metro as the original location. Still walkable from a station, but it's not ON TOP of the station like Courthouse.

              But the OP is specifically looking for a steak, and as much as I love going to East River before DC United games, their actual steak selection is very limited, and mostly cheaper cuts. The value there is in fried chicken, sandwiches, ribs, and prime rib.

              1. re: DanielK

                I was responding to the notion that there is no Rays the Steaks in DC, which is untrue.

          3. I would go to Ray's the Steaks. It's exactly what you are looking for---delicious food in a relaxed environment with reasonable prices.

            Make sure to get a side of creamed spinach---delicious!

            1. Thank you all so much! My mother, who won't be getting in until tomorrow, has just informed me that we have reservations at Charlie Palmer tomorrow...so I guess no steak tonight! Thanks for all your suggestions, that deal at Ray's sounds fabulous, and I will definitely try it, maybe next time he visits.

              If you have other recs for places like you were recommending, I'll be down. Just a good, fun place. Thanks !