Trouble With Toast

Ray’s the Awesome | April 3, 2008

Finally, FINALLY, I got to experience the magical wonderment that is Ray’s the Steaks! It’s rare (pun intended) that a restaurant can live up to the level of hype that surrounds this place, but in my book, RTS absolutely does. I would like to go back, oh, now-ish.

We arrived and were seated right at 5 PM last Saturday evening when they opened–having been prepared for the minimalist decor, I wasn’t as jarred by it as some first-timers have been. My group of four opted for a lovely and reasonably priced bottle of shiraz, and we decided to go with soups for appetizers–two crab bisques and two onion soups. The former was delicious–creamy and sweet, but also with some nice acidity, and LOADED with crabmeat. The latter was good, though a little less cheesy than I would prefer–BUT, the pieces of beefy goodness in the broth more than made up for that!

Two of my gal pals ordered filets, and they had great char to them. I ordered the cajun ribeye, which was cooked PERFECTLY (rare) and had amazing flavor. It was covered in sauteed garlic, which I was hesitant about at first, but it was so mellow and tender that it was actually a great compliment to the bold spice rub. The favorite cut of the night was the hanger steak–amazing! Now I understand why people talk about it like they do. The creamed spinach was one of the better versions I’ve had, and the mashed potatoes were also yummy.

For dessert, we had milk chocolate mousse (droooooool) and key lime pie. Now, I make a pretty mean key lime pie myself. But the crust on the RTS version? Unbelievable.  It made me want to better myself and stop buying the Keebler pre-made graham cracker version (don’t judge, I’m a busy girl).

With all of that food, two bottles of wine, and tip, it worked out to about $60 per person. SOOOOO incredibly reasonable, especially when you consider that we all departed with leftovers (which I, in a drunken haze, left under my chair at the bar we visited after dinner–for shame, I know, but at least a friend recovered the container and enjoyed the spoils the next day). Can’t wait for my next visit!



  1. I hope we can squeeze in another visit, before you leave us!

    Comment by kerrie — April 3, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  2. Yes, please! You + steak = awesome. 🙂

    Comment by bettyjoan — April 3, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  3. After reading this, I need to make it back to Ray’s. Ray is a good Israeli who is working hard to make it here in the USA. I think he is well on the way!

    Comment by barbara — April 4, 2008 @ 12:09 am

  4. Wow, I didn’t realize Michael Landrum was in the Israeli army (your comment prompted me to research a bit)–so THAT’S how he’s used to the long, gruelling, physically-intense hours of a chef! 🙂 So glad he’s had such success here in DC.

    Comment by bettyjoan — April 4, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

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