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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
DC
Food
Feel
Price
7.3
7.5
$80
Modern Italian that has reinvented itself—but not quite enough to justify these prices

This expense-account Italian restaurant was fading, fading, fading, and seemed about to disappear…

…And then it was rescued—for the time being, anyway—by an ex-Tosca chef who came in and re-energized the menu, and by a simultaneous redesign of the restaurant’s interior. This included the setup of a more casual wine-bar area up front, which, so far, doesn’t seem to be attracting many patrons. Still, we like the new look, and not just because the walls are now a brilliant shade of… [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]