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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's semi-annual Restaurant Week returns for the week of August 17th - August 23rd.  Our menu allows us to showcase Summer's best while offering a great value.  We hope you'll join us! Reservations are available for lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 5pm, for dinner Monday - Saturday, 5pm - 11pm, for brunch on Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm or for dinner on Sunday, 5pm - 9pm.    Make your reservation HERE! for diner rewards and prizes!  

 

Peak of the Season

2015 Summer Restaurant Week Menu 

August 17, 2015 - August 23, 2015

Lunch: $22.00
Dinner: $35.00

 

Chilled Velvet Corn Soup

chili oil fireworks

 

Heirloom Tomato, Pressed Watermelon and Greek Feta

basil, balsamic and pine nuts

 

Caponata Frito Misto

caper aioli, sweet vinegar raisins, Parmesan Reggiano

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Black Pepper Fennel Pappardelle

house made bocconcini, guanciale and basil

poached egg and blistered tomato sauce

 

Grilled Hangar Steak Brochette 

feta olive oil potatoes, tomato caper vinaigrette

spinach and roasted garlic aioli

 

Chesapeake Blue Catfish 

fried green tomatoes,

popcorn grits and rock shrimp scampi

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Peaches and Cream Popsicle

 

Blackberry Lime Cheesecake

 


By Shelley Musleh on July 19, 2015

Freedom Lunch

July 2015 

 11:30am-3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Ceviche de Corvina

lime, onions, chili and cilantro

new potatoes and fried plantains

Peru: Independence from Spain - July 15, 1821 

 

 Draniki

potato and onion pancakes

smoked salmon, dill sour cream,

horseradish and beets

Belarus: Independence from the Soviet Union - July 27, 1991

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Belgian Moules Frites

Hellbender Belgian beer, garlic and herbs

fries with mustard mayonnaise

Belgium: Independence from the Dutch - July 21, 1831 

 

Skillet Fried Chicken

bacon braised collard greens, macaroni and cheese

 and watermelon

USA: Independence from Great Britain - July 4, 1776

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Alfajor

traditional dulce de leche sandwich cookie with coconut

espresso ice cream

Argentina: Independence from Spain - July 19, 1916

 

Brazo de Gitanopassion fruit roulade with raspberry ice cream

Venezuela: Independence from Spain - July 5, 1811

 

$28

Lunch Club Series @ RIS


By Shelley Musleh on July 7, 2015

It’s that time of year again! Our local Chapter of The American Institute of Wine& Food (AIWF) has scheduled its 10th Annual Crab Cake Competition for Sunday, June 28, 2014. We would love for you to join us and be an integral part of our year’s most popular event.  This year's battling chefs include returning (co) Champion Andrew Markert of Beuchert's Saloon, Spike Mendelssohn of Béarnaise  Danny Lee of Mandu, Chris Clime of PassionFish, Jeff Buben of Vidalia, Anthony Lombardo of The Hamilton, Joe Palma of Bourbon Steak, and Seng Luangrath of Thip Khao.  


By Shelley Musleh on June 14, 2015

THE FINALISTS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!  

Arepa Zone
Bao Bros Bar
Half Smoke
Whisked
Bene

Finalists will present at the grande finale
at Union Market, Dock5 on July 12. This event is open to the public, don't miss the opportunity to judge for yourself!
  
"Launch Pad at Union Market is a unique opportunity to help someone in our industry launch their dream; to share the fun and excitement with the community; and to instill the competitive spirit which only benefits all."
-Ris Lacoste, Chef/Owner, RIS.



By Shelley Musleh on June 12, 2015

Ari Heavner and Ben Larks of Idle Cellars will be with us starting at 7 pm to pour their stunning wines from Sonoma County as we serve a 5 course seasonal dinner, created by Chef Ris Lacoste. Price will be $150 plus tax and gratuity. Reserve a seat today by clicking RIGHT HERE!


By Shelley Musleh on April 13, 2015

Spring is almost here! Celebrate your health, St. Patrick and the promise of green spaces with our March Lunch Club! The 3 course menu is available Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm and is only $28

 

March 2015 Lunch Club 

 

Spinach Beet and Grapefruit Salad

candied hazelnuts and dates

manchego cheese and port vinaigrette

 

New Mexican Green Chile and Chicken Posole 

with tortillas, sour cream, cilantro and radish

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Kale and Mushroom Fusilli 

spaghetti squash, toasted hazelnuts, spinach

and herbed goat cheese

 

Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin

garlic roasted potatoes and glazed carrots

and tarragon mint sauce

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Chocolate Guinness Cake

with Bailey's Irish Cream

 

Minted Couscous

With fresh fruit and coconut sorbet

 

 

 


By Shelley Musleh on March 7, 2015

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's semi-annual Restaurant Week returns for the week of January 19th -January 25th . We are showcasing some of our classics and winter favorites while offering a great value. We hope you'll join us! Reservations are available for lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 5pm, for dinner Monday -Thursday, 5pm - 10pm, Friday and Saturday, 5pm - 11pm, for brunch on Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm or for dinner on Sunday, 5pm - 9pm. Make your reservation online or call 202.730.2500

 

2015 Winter Restaurant Week
 
First Course

Salted and Smoked
smoked cod with orange aioli;
salt cod brandade crostini with black olive tapenade;
salt cod croquette with smoked tomato vinaigrette

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad
goat cheese, pecans, pickled onions
and roasted sweet potato, cranberries,
sherry maple vinaigrette and mustard cream

Scallop Margarita
lime marinated scallops with chiles,
orange, avocado and tequila ice
 
Entrées

Berkshire Pork Cheeks Milanese
served on Parmesan saffron risotto
with tomato caper vinaigrette,
broccoli rabe and gremolata sauce

Roasted Red Beet Fettuccine
braised short ribs, pickled collard greens,
celery root and roasted beets,
poached egg, fresh ricotta and beef broth
(vegetarian option also available)

Seared Sea Scallops
on fried green kohlrabi with white hominy grits,
shrimp scampi, tarragon cream and spinach
 
Desserts

Chocolate Pudding
passion fruit orange sorbet and caramel crisp

Pistachio Financier
raspberries and coconut cream
 
$20.15~Lunch    /    $35.15~Dinner     

Tax, gratuity and beverages not included
No sharing or substitutions please




By Shelley Musleh on January 16, 2015

Bring in 2015 with style... and with the RIS Family, of course! Chef Ris has created an extravagant 6-course tasting menu to celebrate the occasion, which will be available in addition to our full à la carte menu. Click below for the full tasting menu. Wine pairings will be offered for the perfect match.

 

$100

$130 with wine pairings

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By Shelley Musleh on December 18, 2014

Join us for Christmas Eve Dinner. Chef Ris has created two great options for the occasion... a 3-course pre-fixe menu and a very special "Feast of the Seven Fishes." Both will be available in addition to our full à la carte menu. Click below for the full menus.  

Make your reservation online or call 202.730.2500.

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By Leah on December 17, 2014

December Lunch Club menu features lighter and brighter fare to celebrate the holidays.  

 

Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3pm 
3 Courses, $28

 

American Red Snapper Sashimi

persimmon, pumpkin seed, ginger and mushroom ponzu sauce

 

Turkey Consommé

with maple pork sausage and sage croutons

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Soy Lacquered Salmon

sesame sushi rice, pickled eggs, gingered beets and shiitake mushrooms

 

Crispy Duck Leg Confit

pecan wild rice and kale with cranberry Cognac sauce

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Warm Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

peppermint cream and peppermint bark

 

Maple Walnut Ice Cream

maple syrup and Chantilly cream

 


By Leah on December 11, 2014

 

As we're approaching the Thanskgiving holiday and our 5 year anniversary here at RIS, we thought it was a good time to thank you, our friends and family, for supporting us for 5 wonderful years.

 

Our November Lunch Club theme is "Giving Thanks." The 3-course menu is available Monday - Friday,

11:30am - 3:00pm and is only $28.

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Club Menu - November 2014

 

Winter Squash and Apple Soup

cider cream and pumpkin seed oil

 

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

goat cheese, pecans, pickled onions and roasted sweet potato

cranberries, sherry-maple vinaigrette and mustard cream

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Monkfish Stew

mushrooms, snails, potato and fennel

fallen puff pastry leaf

 

Duck Leg Confit

sausage stuffing, sweet potato and kale

cranberries and cherry bourbon sauce

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Pumpkin Pie

cinnamon whipped cream

 

Maple Apple Cider Sorbet

ginger snaps

 


By Leah on November 10, 2014

 

Apple season is here!  Our October Lunch Club Menu is full of a healthy dose of apples and other fall favorites.  The 3-course menu is available Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3pm and is only $28.  

 

Lunch Club Menu - October 2014

 

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

with apple fritters

 

Endive, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

with apples and port vinaigrette

 

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*Cider Glazed Sea Scallops

forest mushrooms, cauliflower and celery root cream,

apples and kale

 

Braised Pork Belly

savory apple bread pudding, braised red cabbage,

roasted onion jam and apple maple mustard

 

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Apple Sorbet

with cinnamon shortbread

 

Warm Apple Streusel Cake

with apple butter and Chantilly cream

 


By Leah on October 2, 2014

Whether you missed us this week for restaurant week or you made it in and loved it, we're giving you more opportunities to enjoy summer's bounty at a great value.  Our restaurant week menu was a huge success and we can't keep Chef Ris away from the farmers' markets.  Our lunch club and our new supper club menu will be available through September 30th.  

 

Lunch Club: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3pm $25.00
Supper Club: Daily, 5pm - Close $35.00

August 18, 2014 – September 30, 2014

 

Chilled Cucumber Soup

bourbon blueberries, crème fraîche and mint

 

Fried Green Tomatoes (Lunch)

with watermelon, feta and smoked tomato vinaigrette

 

Basque Pimiento Cheese Agnolotti (Dinner)

orange, green olives, linguiça sausage,

roasted grapes and garlic

 

Blue Cheese Panzanella Salad

heirloom tomato and bread salad

with Maytag blue cheese, candied walnuts, port raisins

and basil vinaigrette

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Braised Pork Belly (Lunch)

or

Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop (Dinner)

peaches and grilled onions with bacon buttermilk sauce,

corn spoonbread and blackberry catsup

 

Fusilli Pasta

summer squash, grilled marinated eggplant,

pine nuts and raisins with tomato, basil, herbed fresh ricotta and black olive crostini

 

Mustard Crusted Salmon

melted leeks and new potatoes with tarragon butter,

various market beans and beet vinaigrette

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Blackberry Cobbler

with vanilla ice cream

 

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

with salted caramel ice cream

 

 

 


By Leah on August 16, 2014

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's semi-annual Restaurant Week returns for the week of August 11th - August 17th.  Our menu allows us to showcase Summer's best while offering a great value.  We hope you'll join us! Reservations are available for lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 5pm, for dinner Monday - Saturday, 5pm - 11pm, for brunch on Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm or for dinner on Sunday, 5pm - 9pm.    Make your reservation online or call 202.730.2500.  

 

2014 Summer Restaurant Week Menu 

August 11, 2014 - August 17, 2014
Lunch: $20.14
Dinner: $35.14

 

Chilled Cucumber Soup

with bourbon blueberries and mint

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

with watermelon and feta

 

Blue Cheese Panzanella Salad

with candied walnuts and balsamic glaze

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 Braised Pork Belly (Lunch) or Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop (Dinner

grilled peaches and onions with bacon,

buttermilk yogurt dressing, corn cake and blackberry catsup  

 

Fusilli Pasta

summer squash, grilled marinated eggplant, pine nuts and raisins

with tomato, basil, herbed fresh ricotta and black olive crostini     

 

Mustard Crusted Salmon

melted leeks, new potatoes with tarragon butter,

market pole beans and beet vinaigrette  

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Peach Melba Trifle

with coconut cream

 

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

with salted caramel ice cream


By Leah on July 30, 2014

Our July Lunch Club menu celebrates the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The menu offerings are our Chefs' interpretations of the meals the crew ate on the moon, as well as the personal favorites of the astronauts. The three-course lunch menu is available Monday through Friday, 11:30am - 3:00pm, and is only $25.  

 

Take off: July 16, 1969.

Landing: July 20, 1969.

Home: July 24, 1969.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins.

 

 

“The Eagle has landed.”

“…one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

 

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