Last night was my first time at Ray's, the occasion being a dinner for our distinguished guest Janak Patel. Don't confuse this with the Hawaiian Ray's. Ray's on the River is a local destination restaurant on the north side of town. It's actually on the Chattahoochee River, unlike some restaurants I've been to who misappropriate bodies of water for their names.
I must admit that I was a little skeptical at first. The restaurant publicized its three course dinner, which included steak with root beer sauce. I consider such things to be stunt cooking, particularly in the South, where the standard for soft drink-based sauces is Coca-Cola.
Our Maytag potato chips were well executed. My wedge salad was a little disappointing. The dressing was thin. While this is a valid choice, I prefer the decadence of a thick dressing for this dish.
My steak, however, was excellent. I had the filet mignon, which had just a touch of crust on the edge to add flavor. The Yukon gold mashed potatoes were flawlessly smooth.