Ray’s: The Steaks at East River, web site, 3905 Dix Street NE, Washington, DC, 202-396-7297, Tue-Thu, Sun 12pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-9:30pm. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Washingtonian | WaPo | Don Rockwell | Yelp]
Update January 2013: CLOSED
They do some of the Ray’s classic dishes, but the real treats here are the southern specials. They have excellent smoked chili, fried chicken, and I bet the links are pretty good too. This is right now the best “Southern” restaurant around, at least if you decide to treat it that way.
There is safe, guaranteed parking by the way and fear of danger is no reason not to come here.