While not pop culture, I am not the first to pass on a recommendation here in the DC area. Some of you may know about Ray's the Steaks in Arlington, VA. It is often known as the best steak place in DC. Great food and relatively inexpensive. It is also an unusual place in that it is very small with no decor.
Well, a sister restaurant has now opened in Silver Spring, MD--Ray's the Classics--and Mrs. Bartender and I checked it out last week. It is fancier (albeit not overly so) than the Arlington establishment (they have table cloths!), but it was an outstanding meal. The steaks, in particular, were great (they also offer seafood and some other dishes) as was the Peach Charlotte. Impressively, the meal for the two of us was only just over $100 with tip. Now we each had a steak plus 2 side dishes, 2 desserts, and two drinks. (Salads are included.) And we had leftovers for dinner the next night! A comparable meal at most DC steakhouses would run 30-50 bucks more. And I think the food at Ray's is better. If you're interested, it's at 8606 Colesville Rd in downtown Silver Spring (across the street from the AFI). And tell them Isaac sent you. They'll look at you funny, but tell them.