100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ripple

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About Ripple

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cuisines
American, Modern
Location(s)
3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
NW Northwest Dr
Silver Spring, MD

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.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.