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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
3.6
5.0
$25
An Italian sandwich shop and specialty store that’s not really great at either

Yes, it’s spelled that way. Like the sauce bearing the same name, this attempt at an Italian deli is somewhat one-dimensional and inauthentic, an experience only to be sought out in the most dire of circumstances. Like, if Market Lunch is packed and you’re feeling a little social anxiety.

It’s so easy to be drawn in by a deceptive display of Italian specialties: Plump and puckering olives line the back shelves, along with specialty crackers and potato chips, canned tomatoes, and… [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]