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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
5.5
8.9
$40
A hot proposition that looks good for a one-night stand, but leaves you full of regrets in the morning

No one associates Local 16 with food. It’s best known for well-dressed crowds crammed together, cattle-car-like, on Friday and Saturday nights, jostling for a place at the bar and trying to find lost friends with an intensity and devotion akin to Moses parting the seas during the crossing. And it’s no surprise. Local 16 looks and feels good. It’s what would happen if the Pussy Cat Dolls decided to become interior designers and/or open a bar on U Street. Its… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
DC
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
6.8
$15
A gutter-sprawling food coma of near-religious ecstasy

Carnivores of DC rejoice! Ray of Ray’s the Steaks has rented the next room over in an Arlington strip mall and opened a burger joint. Not only does it share the sparse décor and down-to-earth vibe of Ray’s, it also uses the same meat. Holy cow—that means the possibility of enjoying your ground beef bloody.

Like its steakhouse neighbor, Ray’s Hell-Burger is not an aesthete’s hangout. Vintage horror movie posters lend a macabre touch to the institutional fluorescent lighting and… [More]