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Mr Landrum,


I had heard via a post supposedly of yours on ArlNow that wine could be brought to Ray's ^3 with no corking fee. You can imagine my excitement to find out that my favorite "Ray's" has such an offering - I just called Ray's ^3 to verify and was told there is a $10 corking fee. If there really isn't a corking fee, you might want to relay this information to your host/answering staff. If there is a corking fee, you might want to let ArlNow know to remove the post from "you" at this link: http://www.arlnow.com/2013/01/16/rays-hell-burger-closes-due-to-landlord-tenant-dispute/


Thank you,

Brenden

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Gotta say that of the available places in DC that offer Steak and Cheese or (attempt) to offer a Cheesesteak, I do heart the "Nice N' Greasy Steak N' Cheesy" sammies currently available at Ray's to the 3rd.

The Shock-G (1/3 pound of quality ribeye, grilled onions & mix of provolone and american cheese on an 8" roll) has really good flavor and nicely filling. More of a 'cheesesteak hoagie' where I grew up (with the tomatoes and lettuce). I don't think I need to stuff myself with the larger 2/3 pound ribeye 2x cheese "The Biggie" (my cholesterol level thanks me). In comparison to Taylor Charles Steak and Ice's cheesesteak (tried several times) flavor-wise Nice N Greasy Steak N Cheesy wins out easily imo.

Note: sides are extra, in case you're wondering whether the taters below are included or not. Price for sides are cheap though.

EDIT: Avoiding the 'take food pics at a restaurant' discussion. If using a smartphone to take pics considered the free app Snapseed (iOS or Android). Lots of nice processing capability (at least to use on a smartphone).

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I really really REALLY wish any of the Arlington Ray's locations had a bar at which you could sit and eat/drink. Based on pictures/internet reports, I headed up the hill to Ray's to the Third this evening, hoping for a good meal, some good wine, and some old fashioned human interaction (my living situation and husband-less existence are starting to wear on me). Unfortunately, I guess due to the combination of Third and Hellburger, the bar that once was is now used as counter service, so the only seating is at tables. Bummer. I know some solo diners prefer to read a book and be left alone while they are eating, but I really enjoy sitting at a bar and chatting with my neighbors or the bartender - especially these days.

That said, if anyone wants company at Ray's, just let me know - I can be there in no time! :D

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There is a small bar area at Retro Ray's, but last time I was there on a Saturday evening, there was no one working behind it and the surface was covered with bottles and glasses, so I assume it's not being used for its originally intended purpose right now.

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I really really REALLY wish any of the Arlington Ray's locations had a bar at which you could sit and eat/drink. Based on pictures/internet reports, I headed up the hill to Ray's to the Third this evening, hoping for a good meal, some good wine, and some old fashioned human interaction (my living situation and husband-less existence are starting to wear on me). Unfortunately, I guess due to the combination of Third and Hellburger, the bar that once was is now used as counter service, so the only seating is at tables. Bummer. I know some solo diners prefer to read a book and be left alone while they are eating, but I really enjoy sitting at a bar and chatting with my neighbors or the bartender - especially these days.

That said, if anyone wants company at Ray's, just let me know - I can be there in no time! :D

I, too, miss the Rays to the Third bar area. It had started to develop that neighborhood, regular patron, comfortable feeling shortly before it needed to be converted due to the aforementioned real estate snafu. Hopefully once Hellburger finds a new home it will return - was a great place to get a glass of wine or two while waiting for your to-go order on a weeknight.

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Not sure which one I dined at tonight, given the 'lovable quirk' of Multiple Locations and the combination of Ray's Hellburger and Ray's to the 3rd across the street from the original Ray's, but that's where I was tonight....and it was good. I had the sirloin skewers (two of them) with two sides, one of which was broccoli tops and the other of which was a salad that never appeared. No problem, the skewers were really good, cooked a bit rarer than the medium rare I requested, and interspersed nicely with jalapeno slices and onion slices. The broccoli tops were right on the mark. I would certainly return and order this meal again and again. Only next time I want the salad too.

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Not sure which one I dined at tonight, given the 'lovable quirk' of Multiple Locations and the combination of Ray's Hellburger and Ray's to the 3rd across the street from the original Ray's, but that's where I was tonight....and it was good. I had the sirloin skewers (two of them) with two sides, one of which was broccoli tops and the other of which was a salad that never appeared. No problem, the skewers were really good, cooked a bit rarer than the medium rare I requested, and interspersed nicely with jalapeno slices and onion slices. The broccoli tops were right on the mark. I would certainly return and order this meal again and again. Only next time I want the salad too.

Broccoli tops prevent muffin tops.

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. . . the skewers were really good, cooked a bit rarer than the medium rare I requested . . .

I learned a long time ago to request my steaks "Medium" at every place, including all of the Landrum empire, in order to get what I considered "Medium Rare." Otherwise, they invariably come out too rare for me.

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What's the reservations policy these days? I haven't been in a while and the website is currently under construction.

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Last I checked, RTS takes them (but still holds room for walk-ins) and RTT3 does not.

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Last I checked, RTS takes them (but still holds room for walk-ins) and RTT3 does not.

I am almost positive I had a reservation at RTT3 about two months ago for a Saturday night.

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I had one of these the other day.  It is a great sandwich.  Big, meaty,cheesy, greasy.  Hmmmmmm   definitely a great sandwich.   Top it off with a shake.   hmmmmmm

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For some reason I always find the version of the Steak and Cheese at the old Nice & Greasy was better. It was more seared and chopped up with more juiciness (read: grease). The version at RTT3 all 3 times I've had it has been more of a clumps of meat and grayish in color and also more dry. I'm not sure why that is since everyone insists it's the exact same but I feel like the griddle is maybe not as hot or RTT3 doesn't use as much oil. The Nice & Greasy was also a little more seasoned.

Maybe Michael will chime in and tell me the grillman from Nice & Greasy is cooking at RTT3 and I can just chalk it up to 3 bad sandwiches.

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I do know that you can request "extra groove grease" at RTT3, which I've done, and it has made mine extra juicy. 

Waddle-diddle-daddum Waddle-diddle-daddum-day

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I didn't see the Channel Grease listed as available on the menu about 2 weeks ago. Asked the staff in the bar area, they told me they don't do that anymore.

A little bummed, any chance that info may have been inaccurate?

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Maybe they no longer offer the extra grease?  That would be a shame, and I'm not sure why they would choose to remove the option.  I was there about a month ago (maybe a bit longer than that) and the option was listed on the menu.

Don- your greaseman post had me laughing in the Midas waiting room.

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The SO is home from overseas on R&R and desperately needed good steak, so off to Ray's we went on Saturday night.  He was very happy with his Filet Mignon Au Poivre with a port wine reduction, cooked medium well as he likes it.  Good food, wine, and service, as always.

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We were at Rays TT3 the other night.  It was a burger and cheese steak night.  Fries, shakes.  Your typical teenage/boardwalk kind of dinner.  :D  

Of the folks sitting next to us one of the diners returned her burger.  They received some complementary fries in the interim.   The burger came back and was rejected again.  The diners were upset.  I do believe they had that burger removed from the check and the folks left somewhat unhappy.   Sort of interesting to sit so close to such unhappy folks.

Meanwhile we luxuriated on terrific food.   Mouthwatering burger.  Great greasy cheese steak.  Fries were terrific and two shakes to boot.   Now if only Rays TT3 had some sand and an ocean.  It would be so cool.

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I haven't been to Ray's in a long time - how long can we realistically expect to wait on a Friday night at around 7ish (three people)?  We have a colleague from out of town who wants a nice dinner, but she also has work to do so she doesn't want a super late night.

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I haven't been to Ray's in a long time - how long can we realistically expect to wait on a Friday night at around 7ish (three people)?  We have a colleague from out of town who wants a nice dinner, but she also has work to do so she doesn't want a super late night.

You can call and make a reservation now.

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