Thursday, February 7, 2013

Best DC Steakhouses

A steakhouse is simply a restaurant that specializes in beef steak.  Pretty straight forward, right? But in the Nation's Capitol are some of the best steakhouses, not only for their food and service, but also for their ambience and  convenient location for Hill staffers and other business meetings.  What is a better way to strike a deal than over a nice piece of filet and a glass of red wine?  Check out my picks for DC's best steakhouses:

Ray's the Steaks - "Ray's the Steaks is an increasingly popular "poor man's" steakhouse located in the busy Clarendon/Courthouse area of Arlington. The chateaubriand cut was tender and a very large portion - more than enough for two to share, so you will have leftovers to take home. It also came with two different bĂ©arnaise sauces - a traditional and mushroom version. All in all, the food at Ray's is much higher quality and a great price compared to other top level steakhouses. I would recommend this place to all meat lovers."  Read More

Capital Grille's Bone-In Kona Crusted
Dry Aged Sirloin
Capital Grille - "Imagine having the freedom to enjoy world-class and limited-vintage varietals all while savoring signature appetizers, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and house-made desserts. Keith ordered the Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin topped with a tasty shallot butter. Keith really enjoyed his steak that was dry aged for 14 days. He was pleasantly surprised that there was not a strong coffee taste from the rub, rather a complex earthiness that added to the overall flavor of the meat. It was unexpectedly tender and Keith remarked he would return to the Capital Grille specifically for this steak." Read More

Bourbon Steak - "A chic and contemporary DC steakhouse restaurant featuring the exquisite culinary delights of James Beard award-winning chef and internationally renowned restaurateur Michael Mina.  Bourbon Steak is an extraordinary steak and seafood restaurant that showcases corn-fed, all-natural meats and line-caught seafood available both locally and worldwide. The low amber lighting and brown woods on the walls and tables created a modern, masculine, and comfortable feeling. I recommend this restaurant for special occasions and its classy atmosphere to spend a leisurely night out near Georgetown. In fact, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle chose this steakhouse to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in October 2012." Read More
 
BLT's Porterhouse for Two
BLT Steak - "Sharing a neighborhood with the White House, Chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak in Washington, DC introduces his re-imagined steakhouse to the capital. Plush fabrics, intimate lighting, and sleek hardwood floors allure politicos, steak-lovers and visitors alike. The menu showcases raw bar selections, the chef's signature warm popovers, and top-notch steak and fish.  BLT Steak is great for large parties and special events." Read More

Charlie Palmer Steak - "Providing a unique dining experience of world-class cuisine and fine wine in a spectacular setting is precisely what Charlie Palmer Steak offers on historic Capitol Hill. Offering only the finest cuts of artisan meats, game, fish and fowl, prepared in Palmer’s progressive American style, Charlie Palmer Steak also features a notable wine cube housing over 3,500 bottles (over 10,000 on the premises) of exclusively American wines from every U.S. state. In addition, the space offers a unique opportunity for patrons: three private dining rooms, and a rooftop terrace for events for up to 400 guests, with spectacular views of the Capitol." Read More

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