I am not a huge steak fan… but I dream about Ray’s The Steaks. My steak is always perfect, the vibe is right (classy, but still down-to-earth), and I love the creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. I recently started taking the bus to work vs. the metro, and my pick-up stop faces Ray’s The Steaks. This Top 100 Washingtonian Restaurant is right in our backyard, and it is so tempting to go often! I can vividly remember each time I’ve dined there. The first was the best way to be introduced to the restaurant. The occasion was a send-off for our friend Peter who was about to deploy to Afghanistan, and we were planning on going all out. On top of that, our other friend Drew was waiting tables and it was his last night working there. Drew hooked us up with some fun celebratory additions! Champagne and clam chowder on the house… followed by truly the best steak I’d ever had. We’ve also been to celebrate a birthday, and then were there again recently when Chris’ brother was in town. It is a great place for special occasions; in fact, the host/hostess usually asks if you’re celebrating an event when you call to make the reservation.
Chris and I went recently for no real occasion in particular. He was coming off a stressful work week, it was date night, and we had been wanting to find a good reason to drink our Frog’s Leap wine from Napa. We learned that Ray’s has a corkage fee of only $10–a great deal!
I want to bring wines to restaurants more often. We are always saving nice wines for special occasions, so I’ll end up spending a lot of time and effort trying to make a great meal, which sometimes ends up not turning out well. Why not bring a good wine to a favorite restaurant, where you know the food experience will be great?
I’ve tried a few different menu options on my couple of visits to Ray’s. My absolute favorite is the New York Strip with Aged Bleu Cheese Sauce. Chris did pick a pretty amazing steak though, and I may consider deviating from my tried and true choice next time. He ate the New York Strip Au Poivre with Brandy Mushroom Cream, topped with Bleu Crumbles. I need to find a good recipe for this sauce! Finally, the 2009 Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley was the perfect accompaniment. If anyone wants to go to Ray’s with us again, let us know… it’s in our neighborhood and we just can’t resist it!