100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ris
Spicy fried shrimp are served atop Napa slaw with yuzu sauce at Ris. Photograph by Andrew Propp.
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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: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Expensive
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.

Some chefs are more concerned with satisfying their own egos than diners’ palates. (How many times have you found yourself craving mushroom “soil”?) Ris Lacoste—a veteran of 1789 and the late Kinkead’s, is at the other end of the spectrum—specializing in feel-good dishes that are by turns homey and polished. Much of the menu at this glassy West End dining room has stayed the same over the years, which is fine by us, especially when you’re talking about the terrific cheeseburger or the mahogany-brothed onion soup. But we’ve been taken by a few newer dishes, too, notably an arrangement of sweet, chorizo-crusted scallops and a plate of pepita-coated salmon (an homage to mentor Bob Kinkead) with cilantro, sour cream, and shrimp. On Sunday, the place serves one of the best brunches in town, with lemon-basil mimosas and huevos rancheros.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Mussels with chorizo; Caesar salad; scallop “margarita”; tempura shrimp with Sriracha; braised lamb with chickpeas and yogurt; portobello Reuben; butterscotch pudding.

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