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Ray's to the Third (^3)

MikeR | Apr 2, 2012 10:48 AM

Don't recall seeing much other than cheese steaks at lunch about what's probably the latest Ray's. Had dinner there last night with my two regular Sunday dinner companions, after prying them out of Vienna and getting them to come over to my territory.

Since I know they both like steak (though one usually orders chicken), I thought this would be a good place to bring them, so Sunday afternoon I called to ask about a reservation for 6:30 that evening, and there was no problem. The person who took my reservation asked if it was a special occasion (they do a free dessert), and since one of my companions had a birthday the next day, I told them so.

The place was less than 1/4 full when we arrived, though it began to fill up during our stay, though still wasn't full when we left a bit before 8 PM. It's small, it's not noisy, and the service was attentive but didn't get in the way.

The menu is really limited and is a bit different from what's on the web site. There are a few cuts of meat seasoned and sauced in a few different ways. A few were served as "steak frites" with a salad and kind of skinny French fries, most were served with mashed potatoes and broccoli as the sides, though I suspect they'd substitute.

I had the hanger steak as "steak frites," and my friends had a sirloin with diablo sauce, and a rib steak (quite a thick chunk) with a sauce that I didn't remember. I had mine medium, they had theirs medium-well, and we were all happy with the degree of cooking and the flavor of the meat. We shared a side order of sauteed mushrooms, similar to what you get for free as a topping at Ray's Hellburger ($5 for an ample sized portion at ^3). Steaks were $17-$20 depending on the cut and saucing. Not huge, but ample portions, I'm guessing 8-10 ounces. There was a hunk of a sort of focaccia-textured but wheat-looking bread on the platter with the meat and sides. All in all a good meal and we didn't leave hungry.

There was a fried chicken and some kind of Hell chicken on the menu, but our chicken lover figured that at a steak restaurant she should have steak.

As for the free dessert, milk shakes are the dessert there. Our birthday boy doesn't care for milk shakes so he passed, but it was a nice gesture. Another good-to-know thing is that they validate parking at the garage next door (garage entrance is just to the right of Ray's door). We parked on the street, but that's a pretty busy neighborhood, being just about across from Ray's Hell Burger and Hell Burger Too, plus a few other restaurants.

A good meal at a fair price, for something that I don't eat very often. With tax, tip, a share of the mushrooms (we drank only water, which started out with three filled glasses and a full carafe for refills) my share of the bill was $25.

Info and partially accurate menus at http://raystothethird.com/

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