Freedom From Fancy Culinary Tricks: Just Succulent Morsels of Meat

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Apparently, in our little small-plates metropolis it is possible to have a simple, non-pork-based meal in a nice, modestly decorated restaurant. For a while there we had resigned ourselves a life where we would get all our nutrients from bacon-covered doughnuts and to drinking beer only from mason jars in dimly lit restaurants. This is why we’re excited that we can use the words “good value” and “simple” to describe Medium Rare, a new steakhouse in the semi-revived Cleveland Park. Maybe you’re of the rare breed that likes to eat well priced, decidedly undercooked, tender, succulent morsels of meat?

With the opening and then the abrupt closing of the Cereal Bowl, we figured there was no hope for Cleveland Park. We assumed that the neighborhood would continue to lose people to Eastern Market and Logan Circle, where there’s a better ratio of lattes and organic apples to people with disposable income. But Cleveland Park is managing to revive itself and the area is now home to the Medium Rare, a restaurant that offers a prix-fixe menu of bread, salad, and a decidedly large portion of steak, all for just $20.
artisan bread

Here at Wonkette, we do not do gimmicks. That is, unless said gimmick involves a second helping of steak. You see, at Medium Rare, after your bread and salad, they bring you the main course: tender, prime, dry-aged, sirloin cap steak, cooked to order and smothered in a creamy secret sauce, served with a side of overly salted fries. Once you’ve taken a few bites of the meat, they come around and give you a second helping of both the meat and the fries. This is not inconceivable. This is amazing and makes you wonder why we consistently settle for anything less in this city.
meatless brunch
There is no meat on this plate. While the brunch at Medium Rare is also a good deal — $16 for bread, a yogurt parfait, salad, or fruit and then an Egg Benedict with portobello mushroom and sliced steak, Steak Frites (with an egg for $3 more) or 3 Poached Eggs with fries — we were dismayed that that the poached eggs did not come with meat. Everything should come with meat in a steakhouse.
apple pie
Correction: Everything should come with meat in a steakhouse except for the vegetarian option, which is a grilled portobello mushroom marinated in a red bell pepper sauce, and the desserts, all of which are big enough to be split.

medium rare
At Medium Rare you get a great, large meal for a reasonable price, at least by D.C. standards, anyway, and you get to consume it in a simple, well designed, cozy space, not in a gas station, a parking lot, or a prison yard. We’d like more of this trend, please.

Medium Rare, 3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, (202) 237-1437
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Arielle Fleisher is the Wonkabout. She roams D.C. seeking tasty foods, cheap drinks, whole-pig BBQs, think tank events, street fairs and other local horrors.

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24 comments

  1. Crank_Tango

    Dear Arielle,
    I have a succulent morsel of meat for you if you'd like.
    Sincerely,
    Crank

    PS I had no choice but to post this lame message. You started it, not me.

  2. SorosBot

    Who could have predicted that a restaurant serving cereal was not a sustainable business model?

    1. Sophist [غني عن ذلك]

      What about my restaurant that only sells single serving condiment packets and those little bags of oyster crackers you get when you order soup? That's still viable, right?

  3. Weenus299

    Blood red steak and crispy fries bathed in gravy. This makes me cry through my penis.

  4. Sharkey

    And to think this place used to be Yanni's, an excellent Greek / mediterranean restaurant. At least they had more than one or two vegetarian dishes. Sigh. I will never eat at Medium Rare.

    1. finallyhappy

      As a non-meat eater- I am not going anywhere to eat another portobella mushroom- GIVE ME A BREAK! . I did once walk into the Cereal Place- just to marvel at the idea.

    1. Sophist [غني عن ذلك]

      What isn't these days? At least it's reasonably priced murder with ample portions.

  5. __kth__

    It would not have occurred to me in 1000 years to serve bread in a Boy Scout mess kit. What a square I am.

  6. OzoneTom

    "non-pork-based meal "

    Why?

    But I would like to try a low-carb version of their offerings.

  7. Crank_Tango

    I'm just saying don't talk about succulent meat if you don't want to get lame comments about succulent meat!Sent from my iPhone

  8. hollywooddood

    I'll have a bacon covered doughnut with an order of fried butter, please. Oh, and a bucketful of fried assholes. Thank you.

    1. unclejeems

      Say, off topic, I just noticed your avatar is a nice shot of Newt. Who stared at your tits.

  9. El Pinche

    Re-fry those gravy saturated fries and you got yourself a "Haley Barbour baked potato"

  10. fuflans

    arielle you seriously make me want to understand all these places and neighborhoods you reference.

    and eat succulent meat.

    cheers!

  11. ShaveTheWhales

    So, I'm estimating that the "breakfast" picture is the three poached eggs and pomme frites, drenched in fucking brown gravy?

    Look, I know that Hollandaise sauce is 150% fat, but it is Hollandaise sauce. If you're gonna airmail my arteries to Jesus, at least let me have a taste of Heaven.

  12. policonoclast

    I am outraged that this place has neither the airport-quality food or the airport-level prices I've come to expect in DC.

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