2275 L St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Special Features: Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available
Sleek minimalism is the look of many new restaurants, so the patches of red-flowered wallpaper and the oversize bouquets at this West End dining room are refreshing in their own old-school way. The restaurant is named for chef Ris Lacoste, who for years led the kitchen at Georgetown's 1789 and opened this place two years ago. You can count on good burgers and soups--especially clam chowder and French onion--but the standout dish is the most out-there: a salt-rimmed margarita glass filled with lime-marinated bay scallops, tequila ice, and sour cream. Like much of what she cooks, the dish holds some nostalgia for Lacoste--it reminds her of visiting Texas as a kid.
What to get: Shrimp-tempura sandwich, an occasional special at lunch; deep-dish quiche Lorraine; mussels with chorizo; grilled quail over polenta; braised lamb shank with yogurt and pomegranate seeds; butterscotch pudding; cantaloupe caipirinha and elderflower Collins cocktails.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch, late lunch (3 to 5), and dinner. Expensive.