NE DC, across the river, the latest outpost of Ray's the Steaks is a surprise, to find such quality and low prices in an unlikely setting. In addition to steaks, the menu features a southern slant more typical of a meat-and-two. I shared platters of fried chicken and bbq baby back ribs.
The chicken is smoked then fried. The result is unique but does not stray from its southern heritage. I normally avoid baby back ribs, but these were a breed unto themselves. Surprisingly meaty with a thick bark. They had a nice wood smoke bite and the tender meat kept its structure.
Sides are of mixed success, with sweet potato fries and ratatouille besting the cole slaw and collard greens. Cornbread muffins are a real treat. The portions here are large.
As an experiment in trying to bring together DC using a touch of entrepreneurial spirit and a ton of goodwill, this location of Rays is important and delicious.