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Carnivores Unite! Best Steak for the Value in DC [Redux x2] - Ray's the Steaks

  • May 17, 2013 · 8:45 PM
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==> NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.

==> RSVP Cancellation Cutoff for this Event is 11 am FRIDAY, 5/17. (Late Cancel applies after this)


==> Remember, this is a later 8:45 p.m. dinner (updated) .

Please eat accordingly during the day (no complaining lol) <==


Continuing a trend touse my event closest to my B-Day (indulge me please) as an excuse to enjoy what I consider to be the best Steak value in the DC region: the local Ray's steakhouses.

Over the years, we've cycled between the original Ray's the Steaks, Ray's the Classics (Silver Spring) and the newest very-casual Ray's to the Third. Just looking at the calendar, we're due back at the original Ray's.

This will be late 8:45 pm dinner. Homage to the night owls in the group. NO COMPLAINING IF YOU SIGN-UP THAT YOU'RE STARVING. Plan your noshing accordingly :)

I won't do introductory detail about the Ray's concept or meat quality this time around, see one of our past Ray's events for that.


FOOD: Carefully-sourced prime-grade meat & seafood, trimmed & well-aged in-house for a nice value (i.e. they aren't adding an insane corporate profit-margin into the final price)

For appetizers I always recommend the excellent Crab Bisque (with Sherry) rich flavor and they don't skimp on the crab meat, love their Devilishly Good Eggs -- hand-chopped steak tartare served deviled-egg style, or their salads.

At Ray's, steaks are prepared in a variety of ways. You'll find classic "Au Poivre" (black peppercorn crust), or a few styles of spicy with various toppings (the "El Diablo" and the "Blue Devil"), and oh so many more. Even the amount of char is adjustable (i.e. the dark grill marks, & @ Ray's the  default is heavy char) too!

There are quite a few styles of steaks, ranging from a reasonably-priced Hanger Steak (a special version that's much more tender than what you'd find locally) or Top Sirloin, then moves to higher-rated cuts such as the NY Strip / Ribeye / Filet Mignon / and upward (and more limited availability cuts). At his location only, Ray's also offers higher-quality in-house 'dry aged' steaks that you'd find at the most expensive steakhouses (oh but you'll pay for it!, but it's still cheaper than those other steakhouses).

But at the Ray's steakhouses, they have more than just steaks. For example, give the Crab Royale for example a whirl -- Maryland Jumbo Lump Seasoned, Broiled and Finished with a Sherry Shallot Beurre Blanc. Think of the preparation as a semi-deconstructed crab cake.

--> View a sample menu (somewhat varies based on availability)

Oh, & maybe you want sides by-chance? Ray's include for free lightly Creamed Spinach, and Mashed Potatoes, family-style. <-- if interested, ask for the Garlic Mashed Potatoes!

And save room for dessert! My favorite here is a thick very rich Chocolate Mousse served in a wine glass.There's sometimes multiple flavors (white, milk chocolate and dark chocolate), but dark chocolate version is always available (and is considered the default as it's the most popular version). Quite addictive with a nice sweet red.

Ray's at this location has one of the best wine lists in the area, at varying pricepoints. Consider asking your table if anyone is interested in splitting a nice red, there's usually someone interested.


SPACE: Not lavish, but functions quite fine. Really, it's all about the food here ... intentionally.


==> Tax/Tip combo is our required 30% tax/tip policy ( see the FAQs for more details)
==> Limited to 15 slots

See you there!




CLOSEST METROCourthouse (Orange Line).

NOTE: Ray's actually on the Corner Of Clarendon Boulevard and N. Wayne Street, NOT Wilson (heed this). Blame Arlington if you must :D

For directions using the Metro, try using the Trip Planner at the WMATA website.

Need to Contact the Restaurant? [i.e. confirm location, notify to the group if running late, etc.]. Text on your phone to 466453 (GOOGLE) and type the restaurant name + the city/state in the message body. Google Business Services will text you back with the address and phone #!


1. Limited to 15 slots.

2. If you RSVP "YES" please make sure you can definitely make it. With 3,800+ members and limited seating, we cannot afford no-shows. It's unfair to the other members who would like to attend and also to the organizers who have to explain to the restaurant why the reserved # of guests didn't show (can damage our reputation). No-Show rules apply.

3. Event already full?, waitlist for the event!. Use the Waitlist option (the Organizer for each event will enable this as needed). Also, check back regularly as attendees have been known to cancel up to Noon the day of the event.

4. Billing (add 30% tax/tip to your bill). Remember, include the required 30% for tip / tax in addition to the food / beverages you order as defined in our FAQs.

5. NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.


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  • Christine P.

    Enjoyed the meal (yum!) and the company. Many thanks for organizing, Joe!

    2 · May 18, 2013

  • Ruth B.

    Excellent food, great time!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • JoeN

    Fun event! Good mix of longtimers and 1st timers. Ray's food always impresses. Good conversations flowing all night. Another easy event.

    2 · May 18, 2013

  • JoeN

    Polling waitlisters now. If you've NOT YET replied to my email waitlisters, please do so ASAP at this point. I confirm with waitlisters that they're still able to truly attend & will commit to going if chosen.

    May 16, 2013

  • AndreaC

    Metro Riders note: Advisories may affect your route.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Becky R.

    Hope someone can use my spot. Something came up.

    May 16, 2013

  • JoeN

    See you there! Be sure to WAITLIST one all initial YES list slots are filled. There's ALWAYS turnover from the waitlist.

    May 7, 2013

  • carol s.

    Always wanted to try this place out, but I'll be busy stuffing my face with pizza and pasta in Italy. Enjoy!

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • JoeN

      Hope that you're getting to Firenze or Tuscany in general.

      May 11, 2013

  • Paul Z.

    out of town :o/

    May 11, 2013

  • Stephen A.

    Looking forward to this! Thanks Joe!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • AndreaC

    Thanks Joe

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Marty

    my fav!

    1 · May 11, 2013

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