3417 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Modern, American
Monday through Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
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.
Restaurants evolve. For the Cleveland Park wine bar Ripple, that’s meant growing in both number of seats and quality. What was a roller-coaster menu is now a solid lineup of smartly composed plates. Pork rinds come out of the fryer crunchy and greaseless; sirloin with a beef-cheek-stuffed raviolo is luscious; and charcuterie, including aged Benton’s prosciutto and a smooth chicken-liver mousse, is paired with a sharp house-made mustard. The growing pains have yielded an excellent restaurant.
This article appears in the April 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.