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Dinner at Ray's the Steaks

Jim Rice | Apr 3, 2005 11:22 PM

What can I say other than YUM! We met friends for dinner. Service was exemplary, even better than before. Barbara and I split a caesar salad. Barbara ordered scallops, I ordered the Blue Devil, Sirloin cooked with chipotle diablo sauce and served with blue cheese sauce. We shared, had an impromptu surf and turf. Was excellent.

One note, the steak didn't taste as much of the diablo sauce as before. Also, it was served with the blue cheese sauce rather than crumbled blue cheese. A minor quibble, the sirloin was as good as ever. Since the scallops were spicy as well from the blackening spice, they made a good combo. The scallops were 7 very large sea scallops, each good for two or three bites at least.

My friends had the black and blue strip steak and the entrecote cooked medium. I've had the black and blue before, in its guise as the house special with brandy cream, so I'll not go on about how wonderful it is any more. I'm going to have to get the entrecote myself, just for the wonderful counterpoint of ruddy beef inside a nice char.

Sides: they brought us both regular mashed potatos and mashed potatoes with sauteed garlic mixed in. I'd skip the regular, and get the ones with the garlic. Oh my.

Wine: We had two bottles, both favorites of mine. First, the Montesierra, a Spanish blend of monastrell, tempranillo, and cabernet (I think). Medium bodied, but with serious structure. Then, the Santa Barbara ZCS, zinfandel, carignane, and sangiovese. Robust, but with the sangiovese cutting some of the more cloying aspects of zinfandel. Each a very good price for a steak house wine list.

Once again, let me yell this from the mountaintops. You can go there, and have dinner for two, two steaks, a shared salad, and a bottle of wine for less than $100. The beef is the equal of any place in DC. Given how good the scallops were, I'd recommend getting them and a steak, and sharing.

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