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Ray's The Steaks

PHOTOS: Chris Prosser

Have you ever seen people freak out when watching a magician perform? Just absolutely lose it when they make the rabbit come out of the hat? Well, that’s us when we go to Ray’s. It’s one of the best steakhouses in the area (it’s just across the river in Arlington), and somehow one of the less expensive options in its weight class (you can get a strip for under $30 and a ribeye for under $40). HOW DO THEY DO IT?

We’ve long given up trying to figure out how (some of our more plausible theories: mafia-connected butcher, buying their meat with counterfeit money, ACTUAL MAGIC???) and have moved onto the acceptance phase. Acceptance that when we go we’ll be treated to a high-class steak with all the usual steakhouse vibes, and they somehow do it better than most everyone else and allow us to pay our rent as well.

They don’t play any tricks with the menu, it’s the standard steakhouse options, so go with what you’re used to and it will be excellent. Our picks are below but you really can’t go wrong with anything.

So be prepared to have your jaw hit the floor in amazement when you see the check and realize there must be some sort of sorcery going on at Ray’s. As best as we can tell, there must be.

Food Rundown

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Because you want to start your meal off on a healthy(er) note.

Hanger Steak

By far the best value on the menu at just a shade over $20. If you’re with someone who orders this, they know what’s up. This is our definition of a Washington insider.

New York Strip

Customization is the name of the game here. Choose between the smaller classic or the larger steakhouse cuts, then pick your seasoning and any toppings. We like the peppercorn crust all by its lonesome. Although no one ever got hurt with a little blue cheese on top.

Cowboy Cut Rib-Eye

If you want draw the most oohs and ahhs at the table when the food comes out, get this massive, bone-in cut that’s dry-aged in house. Plus, you get to sound like a bad-ass when you say “cowboy cut.” Sadly, this does not come with a six-shooter and spurs.

Burger

The same burger that they serve at Ray’s Hell Burger, which means it’s f*cking awesome.

Sides

Mashed potatoes and creamed spinach are complimentary and served family-style and never-ending (we’ve tested that last part, they mean it). Look, if you need some greens along with your steak, go for it. Otherwise, save your cash.

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