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ralph4496 Sep 18, 2013 09:41 AM

Looking for the best meal overall in terms of food quality.
Considering charlie palmer, bourbon, blt, prime rib. thanks

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    Pappy RE: ralph4496 Sep 18, 2013 09:56 AM

    I'm sure there are lots of opions on this topic, but the only place I'll spend $50 for a steak anyomore is The Prime Rib. Alot of it is the atmoshphere. But I also think they still care. And I think they still cook.

    Not so at Capital Grill. A recent meal there for a large bunch was just an awful, expensive disappointment. Very small caesar salad with what could have been bottled dressing. Oysters so pathetic they should never have been served. Small, tough, over-cooked steaks. Dried out macaroni and cheese (tho I tasted no cheese). Scrawny, not fresh, asparagus. Gloppy, soupy creamed spinach. French fries were fast food style, thin and pale, but at least crsip and salty. Chocolate cake that we defrosted days earlier.

    Boy...I thought Mortons had gone downhill. Well CG has skied right past them on the way to the bottom.

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      Just Visiting RE: Pappy Sep 18, 2013 02:43 PM

      I agree 100%. Capital Grille is lousy and so is Morton's.
      And I too love Ray's. Great food, great value.

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        DanielK RE: Just Visiting Sep 18, 2013 03:09 PM

        I'm with Pappy and JV. The Prime Rib is the only place to go when you want the whole steakhouse experience.

        CG and Morton's are terrible. Charlie Palmer and Bourbon can serve a good plate most of the time, but for other entrees, not steak.

        If I just want a great steak without all of the fuss, Ray's is the place.

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          shake N baik RE: DanielK Sep 18, 2013 04:20 PM

          Agree with your Charlie Palmer statement. I've had some great foie preps there but always found their steaks underwhelming.

          I'll admit that I go to CG 2-3 times a year but its only for the service and their Porcini rubbed Delmonico with aged balsamic.

          Is Ray's still a good value? Their stuff runs 30 bucks easily and I've had some inconsistent meals there.

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            DanielK RE: shake N baik Sep 18, 2013 07:25 PM

            Well, a 12-oz dry aged Strip at Prime Rib is $53. Sides of mashed potatoes and spinach are $9 each. So dinner for 2 is $124.

            A 16-oz dry aged Strip at Ray's is under $40, and includes bottomless mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Dinner for 2, with 33% more steak, under $80.

            So, yes, IMHO, still a good value.

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              4X4 RE: DanielK Sep 19, 2013 05:49 AM

              I thought all of the sides at Ray's were a la carte now. They were the last two times I went to The Classics (last time about a month ago.) But the sides were still much less than they charge at other steak houses.

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                DanielK RE: 4X4 Sep 19, 2013 07:47 AM

                Well, technically, The Classics is under different ownership - Landrum sold the place to his two managers a couple of months ago.

                Whenever I'm at The Classics, I always sit in the "bistro" area and get the hanger steak bistro special - $23 for soup or salad and the hanger with potatoes and spinach.

                I thought that the OTHER sides were a la carte in the dining room, but I could be wrong.

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                  holdtheline RE: 4X4 Sep 19, 2013 03:10 PM

                  I don't know about The Classics, but at Ray's in Arlington still includes sides for free (at least they did last month).

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          flavrmeistr RE: Pappy Sep 20, 2013 07:47 PM

          Capital Grill is just Appleby's with a wine list.

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            shake N baik RE: flavrmeistr Sep 21, 2013 07:50 AM

            That's harsh. I think their porterhouse is better than Charlie Palmer, BLT, and The Palm. Their Kona crusted strip is also very good and their Porcini rubbed Delmonico is one of my all time favorite steaks.

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              flavrmeistr RE: shake N baik Sep 21, 2013 05:48 PM

              Why, what have you got against Appleby's?

              Just kidding. I've been to CGs in 3 or 4 different cities and I've just never been that impressed.

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                monkeyrotica RE: shake N baik Sep 23, 2013 07:33 AM

                That dry aged porterhouse is really good, but the last time I was in the DC shop, the interior looked like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks. Dust everywhere, threadbare carpets, radiator covers and electrical fixtures exposed.

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            elhuevogrande RE: ralph4496 Sep 18, 2013 02:19 PM

            I did Bourbon Steak in July. Fabulous booze, forgettable everything else. Plus, I was surrounded by investment banker stereotypes who were loud and drunk.

            I like Ray's. No atmosphere, but in terms of food quality, I like it. I love a good steak, so I'm interested in what everyone has to say on this one.

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              Worldwide Diner RE: ralph4496 Sep 18, 2013 07:32 PM

              Del Campo is new, hip, and great for steaks.

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                ipsedixit RE: Worldwide Diner Sep 18, 2013 07:46 PM

                This was going to be my suggestion as long as the OP didn't need the steaks to be at a traditional steakhouse.

                Otherwise, I would opt for J&G.

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                JPinDC RE: ralph4496 Sep 19, 2013 06:05 AM

                IMHO Charlie Palmer's is good...it is a slightly modern take on a steak place, i actually think that the seafood is better than their steaks. Bourbon is totally overpriced and just meh. I love BLT, but it may be for the popovers and tuna tartare than for their steaks, which are really good but expensive! I still havent been to the Prime Rib...and that is probably because as most on this board point out, if we want a steak, we go to Ray's. they simply do good meat and solid sides (although the wine list still needs to build).

                *i also really like del campo for meat. i found myself delighted by unexpected things throughout the meal.

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                  Elyssa RE: ralph4496 Sep 19, 2013 11:29 AM

                  Probably the best steak dinner I have had in DC was at J&G Steakhouse. The peppercorn NY steak was perfection in meat form. The room is elegant but not stuffy or boring. The rest of the food is excellent (we like the rice cracker tuna roll and crab cake). And the service is some of the best I've experienced in DC.

                  Before or after dinner you can go up to the roof and have a cocktail with one of the best views in town.

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                    ralph4496 RE: ralph4496 Sep 20, 2013 11:40 AM

                    Thanks. Narrowed it down to Del Campo and J&G. Realizing these are 2 different experiences.
                    Leaning towards Del Campo.

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