NEW RESTAURANTS  4:23 pm April 5, 2011

Freedom From Fancy Culinary Tricks: Just Succulent Morsels of Meat

by Arielle Fleisher

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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Crank_Tango April 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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.

jjdaddyo April 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I thought the party line at Wonkette was that all "meat" was "anus"?

SorosBot April 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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

GuyClinch April 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Yeah, no kidding. I may have to rethink my Toast Shack idea. "We Only Serve it Dry!"

Sophist [غني عن ذلك] April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

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?

Weenus299 April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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

MinAgain April 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Hear that? One of my arteries just hardened in empathy.

ttommyunger April 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

And this, my fair Wonketeers, is a large part of what's wrong in America.

Sharkey April 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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.

finallyhappy April 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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.

Come here a minute April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

It's murder. Just FYI.

Sophist [غني عن ذلك] April 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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

mrpuma2u April 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Meat is murder, but it's tasty, tasty murder.

__kth__ April 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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

OzoneTom April 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm

"non-pork-based meal "

Why?

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

Crank_Tango April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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

hollywooddood April 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

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

unclejeems April 6, 2011 at 1:48 am

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

El Pinche April 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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

fuflans April 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

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

and eat succulent meat.

cheers!

ShaveTheWhales April 6, 2011 at 1:18 am

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.

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I hear the Dairy Queen serves a mean beltway-buster.

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policonoclast April 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

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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