100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ripple
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Ripple
Address: 3417 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-244-7995
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Modern, American
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Glazed pork belly with tuna and a quail egg; sweetbreads with mushrooms and kale; duck breast with peaches and fennel; buttermilk doughnuts; cookies and milk.
Price Details: Starters and snacks $3 to $8, entrées $14 to $19.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible

Ripple’s minimalist menu is enigmatic enough that it’s tempting to stick to simple stuff: excellent cheese and charcuterie, thick-cut fries and house-made ketchup, a green salad with a chèvre crouton. But even richer rewards lie among Logan Cox’s more ambitious dishes. A drab-sounding quinoa risotto turns out to be a hearty head-spinner, combining black truffle with earthy rutabaga, hazelnuts, and a slow-cooked egg. Tangy goat yogurt and cardamom perk up a seasonal vegetable salad.

At times Cox overshoots—pastas always seem to have one ingredient too many—but his refusal to play it safe keeps things interesting. Don’t miss: Black-eyed-pea hummus; bacon-roasted pecans; chicken-liver parfait; brownie rocky-road sundae; butterscotch pudding. Open: Daily for dinner. Expensive.


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