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Where to Order a Steak (That Isn't a Steakhouse)

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Who says you need to hit up a traditional steakhouse to curb a carnivorous craving? Eater has been on the lookout for solid steaks at unconventional locations. They can be found everywhere from American wine bars to Italian restaurants — and in the suburbs as well. Here are 10 that made the cut.
—Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cashion's Eat Place

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1819 Columbia Rd NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 797-1819
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This inventive Adams Morgan date spot switches up its menu quicker than one can down a nearby 2 a.m. Jumbo Slice, but one thing's for sure: The steak order always rocks. (A recent option: New Frontier Bison Sirloin with Rutabaga Puree, Rainbow Chard, Garlic Oil, Sauce Bearnaise.)

2. Acqua Al 2

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212 7th St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 525-4375
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Teleporting from Eastern Market to Florence and biting into a great steak never sounded so good. The original Acqua Al 2, which opened in 1978 steps from the bustling Piazza della Signoria, would be proud of its young DC sister, where buono entrees include Controfiletto al Pepe Verde (hand-carved New York strip steak sautéed and topped with a green peppercorn, brandy, dijon mustard and cream sauce). There's also the signature blueberry sauce to consider.

3. Table

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903 N St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 852-2121
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Simple and seasonal is the mantra at this Shaw gem, and the sole steak on the menu is a standout. Milton Local's Rib Eye will set you back $41, but its marriage with bordelaise sauce, abalone mushroom, vol-au-vent with creamed swiss chard is worth the splurge.

4. Grapeseed

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4865 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-9592
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Just a few months old at this 14-year-old American bistro and wine bar is a steakhouse specialties menu, cooked in a cast iron pan. Pick from a 28-Day Dry Aged New York Strip (12oz.), 8 oz. beef tenderloin., and 12 oz. Bistro Steak Teres Major. Sauce it up with the house steak sauce or horseradish cream. Tack on green peppercorn, oxtail ragout, or chipotle demi for a little extra.

5. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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Owner Dean Gold recently instituted his much loved “Dino’s Steakhouse” menu choices at Dino’s Grotto. Create an original carnivore concoction in three easy steps: Pick a Steak (ex. the chewier-but-flavorful Skirt Steak). Pick a Sauce (ex. Tuscan mole). Pick a Side (ex. soft shell crab). Its Fiorentina (shenandoah valley coop), a 36 oz. dry aged T-bone, for $59 is easily shared by four.

6. Daily Grill - Georgetown

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1310 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-4900
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This longtime D.C. area staple keeps locals coming back for its USDA certified angus (corn fed) beef, aged up to 28 days for flavor and texture then hand cut daily and broiled to your liking. The house specialty? Its charbroiled skirt steak, marinated in citrus, soy sauce and seasonings.

7. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

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2800 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 970-2180
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Yelpers are going bonkers for the well-seasoned carne asada at this Passion Food Hospitality post, with one going as far as calling it the best they've had in the states. The grilled skirt steak comes with nopales salad, blistered jalapeños and a side. Tequila shots optional.

8. Artie's

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3260 Old Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 273-7600
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This NoVa classic is worth the trek to suburbia-ville, and you'll have to wait 'til the end of the week to order its killer blackened prime rib (only available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday), served on the bone with loaded baked potato.

9. Food Wine & Co.

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7272 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 651-8008
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Bethesda residents love the vintage Angus flat iron steak at this upscale neighborhood bistro, which arrives as the centerpiece to herb roasted fingerlings, spring greens, broccolini, and red beet-orange emulsion.

10. Osteria Morini

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301 Water St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-0660
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Bologna is home to Ferrari, so it's no wonder the restaurant inspired by the region can also perfect a steak. Its huge wood burning grill spits out some stellar meats, and the 12 oz. New York Strip is no exception. The $37 Tagliata dish comes with cherry tomato, panzanella, and gorgonzola.

1. Cashion's Eat Place

1819 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
This inventive Adams Morgan date spot switches up its menu quicker than one can down a nearby 2 a.m. Jumbo Slice, but one thing's for sure: The steak order always rocks. (A recent option: New Frontier Bison Sirloin with Rutabaga Puree, Rainbow Chard, Garlic Oil, Sauce Bearnaise.)
1819 Columbia Rd NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

2. Acqua Al 2

212 7th St SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
Teleporting from Eastern Market to Florence and biting into a great steak never sounded so good. The original Acqua Al 2, which opened in 1978 steps from the bustling Piazza della Signoria, would be proud of its young DC sister, where buono entrees include Controfiletto al Pepe Verde (hand-carved New York strip steak sautéed and topped with a green peppercorn, brandy, dijon mustard and cream sauce). There's also the signature blueberry sauce to consider.
212 7th St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

3. Table

903 N St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Simple and seasonal is the mantra at this Shaw gem, and the sole steak on the menu is a standout. Milton Local's Rib Eye will set you back $41, but its marriage with bordelaise sauce, abalone mushroom, vol-au-vent with creamed swiss chard is worth the splurge.
903 N St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

4. Grapeseed

4865 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Just a few months old at this 14-year-old American bistro and wine bar is a steakhouse specialties menu, cooked in a cast iron pan. Pick from a 28-Day Dry Aged New York Strip (12oz.), 8 oz. beef tenderloin., and 12 oz. Bistro Steak Teres Major. Sauce it up with the house steak sauce or horseradish cream. Tack on green peppercorn, oxtail ragout, or chipotle demi for a little extra.
4865 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

5. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Owner Dean Gold recently instituted his much loved “Dino’s Steakhouse” menu choices at Dino’s Grotto. Create an original carnivore concoction in three easy steps: Pick a Steak (ex. the chewier-but-flavorful Skirt Steak). Pick a Sauce (ex. Tuscan mole). Pick a Side (ex. soft shell crab). Its Fiorentina (shenandoah valley coop), a 36 oz. dry aged T-bone, for $59 is easily shared by four.
1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

6. Daily Grill - Georgetown

1310 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
This longtime D.C. area staple keeps locals coming back for its USDA certified angus (corn fed) beef, aged up to 28 days for flavor and texture then hand cut daily and broiled to your liking. The house specialty? Its charbroiled skirt steak, marinated in citrus, soy sauce and seasonings.
1310 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

7. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Yelpers are going bonkers for the well-seasoned carne asada at this Passion Food Hospitality post, with one going as far as calling it the best they've had in the states. The grilled skirt steak comes with nopales salad, blistered jalapeños and a side. Tequila shots optional.
2800 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

8. Artie's

3260 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
This NoVa classic is worth the trek to suburbia-ville, and you'll have to wait 'til the end of the week to order its killer blackened prime rib (only available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday), served on the bone with loaded baked potato.
3260 Old Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030

9. Food Wine & Co.

7272 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Bethesda residents love the vintage Angus flat iron steak at this upscale neighborhood bistro, which arrives as the centerpiece to herb roasted fingerlings, spring greens, broccolini, and red beet-orange emulsion.
7272 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

10. Osteria Morini

301 Water St SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
Bologna is home to Ferrari, so it's no wonder the restaurant inspired by the region can also perfect a steak. Its huge wood burning grill spits out some stellar meats, and the 12 oz. New York Strip is no exception. The $37 Tagliata dish comes with cherry tomato, panzanella, and gorgonzola.
301 Water St SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

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