Our run of amazing 3’s has come to an end.

The inflatable ghosts are packed up for the winter.  And Ray’s^3 simply did not live up to what we’ve come to expect from anything in the “Ray’s” chain. Mr. Chow is a big fan of the Ray’s restaurants.  Like big time.  Huge.  Humongo.  So his expectations were not high, but rather–appropriate–given the successful history with Ray’s.

We dined at Ray’s the night before Thanksgiving.  It was empty when we walked in around 7:30pm.  We chalked it up to the holiday.  But perhaps that wasn’t it.

The menu at Ray’s consists of the items from all the other Ray’s restaurants, including steaks, hamburgers, and steak and cheese sandwiches.  Plus a couple of other fun things.  Note that the online menu doesn’t match the menu we ordered from in the restaurant.

Sadly, Mr. Chow’s meal was a big disappointment.  Mr. Chow ordered the Bertolucci steak, which is a hangar steak with roasted bone marrow.  The meal comes with fries, bread, and a salad.  The bad: the fries were cold, the salad was drenched in dressing, and the steak was a really small (1x1x8) cut of meat that was cooked almost well done although ordered medium.  The good: The bone marrow was tasty and the bread was pretty good, too.


I ordered the spicy chicken (I can’t remember the actual name of this dish).  The meal comes with 2 pieces of spicy fried chicken, cornbread, mac and cheese, sauces, and coleslaw.  I subbed a green salad for coleslaw.


The good: The chicken was really moist and crispy, and the the piranha sauce was tasty as usual.  The bad: The service left much to be desired, especially on a night when there were only about 6 other tables filled in the restaurant.  The chicken was not spicy or flavorful enough.  I had to dip it in sauce for maximum flavor explosions.  The sauces offered were Piranha and what tasted like pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce from a can; spicy.  The cornbread, like the fries, was stale…..it tasted like it’d been sitting out for a day or two.  The mac and cheese was grainy.  I could taste the flour or something in the mac and cheese.   At the end of the meal, I had half my chicken left, and just about all the other food the meal comes with.  I didn’t bother to take any of it home.  Overall, a humongo disappointment from Ray’s.

Mr Chow said as we left the restaurant, perhaps good things don’t come in threes.  If you want a steak or a hamburger we recommend going to the originals: Ray’s Hell Burger or Ray’s the Steaks.

Ray’s To the Third
1650 Wilson Boulevard
On The Corner Of N. Quinn Street
Arlington, VA 22209


About Chow DC

We have have been eating our way through the DC metro area since 2005. Many calories later, we thought it’d be fun to share our food adventures with anyone crazy enough to listen. We are not food experts by any means, we just love to eat and will try anything once. Although we love a fancy meal, we strive to balance the price, popularity, diversity, and location of our dining experiences. Please contact us with questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you! chownowdc at gmail.com Follow us on twitter: @chownowDC
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