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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ris
Comments () | Published February 19, 2013
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Ris
Address: 2275 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-730-2500
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 to 5:30, Saturday and Sunday 3 to 5. Open for dinner Monday through Friday 5:30 to 11, Saturday 5 to 11, Sunday 5 to 9. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Moderate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Bay-scallop margarita; onion soup; mussels with chorizo and tomato; gnudi with tomato fondue; charcuterie plate; cheeseburger; sole meunière; cider-glazed pork chop; shell beans with bacon; collards; coffee-fudge sundae; apple-pear pie.
Price Details: Lunch starters, $8 to $15; main courses, $9 to $22. Dinner starters, $8 to $15; main courses, $12 to $28.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Retro has come to connote a dark and slouchy place, adorned with mementos, where the hip gather to plant a flag in something authentic. Ris is the other kind of retro. Tables are laid with white linen, colors are as soft as the lights, and nobody swings by to “explain the menu.” No need—it’s as contemporary as an Atari handbook. Imagine a family-style restaurant as re-interpreted by a classically trained chef.

Foodies on a hunt for the new might not be intrigued, but we’ll take Ris’s tasty brand of retro any day of the week. The daily specials, among them Wednesday’s spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread, are the best kind of nostalgia. Don’t miss: Octopus salad; scallop “margarita”; cheeseburger; Portuguese skirt steak; chicken pot pie; chocolate pot de crème; butterscotch pudding. Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Expensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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