There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
D.C. has long been known as a steakhouse town, where lobbyists and expense-account diners feast on overpriced ribeyes and red wine. And despite the best efforts of new markets, food trucks, and more interesting neighborhood joints to erase that reputation, steak and potatoes aren’t going anywhere. A host of out-of-town celebrity chefs and big restaurant groups are making sure of it. Among the new steakhouses coming soon: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, and the “female-friendly” STK—not to mention Latin twists on the traditional steakhouse such as Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro and Jose Garces’ yet-unnamed Argentinian steakhouse. Washingtonians aren’t clamoring for steak joints, so why, oh why, do restaurateurs give them to us anyway? Well, it’s a safe, proven, and generally profitable concept. While there are certainly some very good steakhouses here (Bourbon Steak), here’s hoping restaurateurs get the memo for 2014: D.C. doesn’t need more hanger steaks or New York strips.