The District has it’s fair share of red-blooded Americans hungry for a juicy piece of meat. So, too, is it chock-full of many restaurants to fill that steak-shaped void.
We’ve rounded up four excellent restaurants that truly stand out when it comes to fine cuts of meat (and one added bonus).
What It Is: An unassuming eatery from owners Nat Ongsangkoon and Kia Khanthongthip serving up market foods bursting of Bangkok flavors.
What Our Inspectors Say: Black walls are emblazoned with gold-painted images, making a dramatic first impression. While the look is upscale, the menu celebrates the street foods of Thailand, offering a blend of influences from the owners' native Bangkok and the chef's Northern Thai heritage.
What to Order: Go with the inspectors and order the seua rong hai, a “holy grail of expertly grilled flank steak coupled with a spicy and crunchy green papaya salad.”
What It Is: Daniel Boulud's take on the classic French brasserie serving Lyonnais-inspired eats.
What Our Inspectors Say: "DBGB Kitchen and Bar’s City Center locale may rub shoulders with the likes of Hermès and Louis Vuitton, but this light-filled French restaurant maintains a relaxed elegance with tile floors, dark wood furnishings and orb pendant lights. It’s the kind of place where local politicos and dealmakers come to dish, drink and dine. "
What to Order: The steak frites here are served with garden greens and sauce Béarnaise. Opt for either the nine-ounce bistro filet or the 12-ounce rib eye—the choice is yours.
What It Is: Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr pays homage to the mighty yet humble French café with this Logan Circle bistro.
What Our Inspectors Say: "From the shiny and large brass windows to the zinc bar and the mosaic-tiled floor, it is all très Français. Bread lovers rejoice; there is a paean to the crusty stuff at the entrance, where ficelle-filled bags and assorted loaves and rounds are lovingly displayed."
What to Order: Keep it classic by starting with hand-chopped steak tartare toped with quail egg and follow it up with herb-roasted steak frites with maître d’ butter. If you head to Le Diplomate on Saturdays, be sure to order the restaurant's daily special of entrecôte de boeuf.
What It Is: A Bib Gourmand designee and neighborhood tavern that specializes in house-smoked seafood; carnivores will find comfort in the house-ground burgers, as well as the smoked birds and meat.
What Our Inspectors Say: "Lucky are the eaters who make their way to this unique seafood smokehouse. Inside the warehouse-like space, a daily market and state-of-the-art smokehouse reside at street level. Above this, find a tavern-like restaurant with a large, open-air rooftop."
What to Order: The char-grilled rib eye with shiitake-charred scallion butter, natch.
Bonus: Due SouthNavy Yard
What It Is: Located in the historic Lumber Shed building on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, chef Rusty Holman’s Due South brings inspiration from the Southeastern United States.
What Our Inspectors Say: "Set in the Lumber Shed building smack dab in the middle of the Yards Park, Due South is bright and airy with high ceilings and walls of windows. But the wraparound patio with its stellar views of the park and river is the place to be. This kitchen's compass certainly points south and smoked meats are ever-present, but there's nothing simple about their prettied-up Southern-style cooking, enhanced with seasonal produce."
What to Order: No official “steak” here, but the menu dons a “From the Smoker” category, featuring 12-hour Texas-style brisket, Carolina-style pulled pork and salt-and-pepper baby back ribs with South Carolina mustard BBQ sauce.
Hero image courtesy of Bourbon Steak.