DC Eats

Savoring Summer with RIS Popsicle Brunch

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Frank Ocean wasn't kidding when he recently sang "Summer's not at long as it used to be" on his new album Blonde (which you should 100% buy now.) Luckily, DC hot spots like RIS, in Foggy Bottom, are keeping it alive with their bottomless Popsicle Mimosa Brunch. 

With a watermelon mint and orange ginger pineapple, the Popsicle Mimosas flavors did not disappoint. Bonus: bottomless is only $20. 

In addition to our mimosas, we indulged in a charcuterie and cheese board that did not disappoint. Helllllo Amish eggs. 

For something sweet, we couldn't refuse the gooey cinnamon roll topped with powdered sugar and mint. 

Our favorites were definitely the salmon poke and the ceviche margarita, which I can't recommend enough. Lime marinated scallops with chillies, orange, avocado, topped with tequila ice, it's like this dish was made for me. I'll need to return ASAP to feed the cravings I'm already having for this dish. 

Overall, the brunch at RIS was fantastic, with or without the Popsicle Mimosas (but please keep this tradition around RIS, we need at least another 4 months of summer!) 
Make sure to make your reservation at RIS soon for this amazing brunch! 
RIS is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood at 2275 L Street NW.  

Photography: Libby Rasmussen

Restaurant Review: Silver in Bethesda

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Right near the heart of Bethesda row, you'll find one of my new favorite spots, Silver.  Silver boasts "Heart of a diner, style of a brasserie" and is exactly that.  Silver sets the standard high with its upscale look yet relaxed atmosphere. The large, art-deco inspired interiors are accented with traditional chrome hardware, giving it that classic look with a clean finish.   You won't be disappointed with the menu options so I recommend getting a little of everything. The best part, you can order brunch and an old fashioned, for dinner.  The stars of the show however, are the boozy milkshakes.

We kicked off dinner with two milkshakes, a chocolate Health Bar and a boozy PB&J shake. Both delicious and are sure to cure any hunger or hangover.  While the intent was to order brunch for dinner, I couldn't resist the Ahi tuna avocado tartare topped with micro greens served with a side of savory wonton chips. Still thinking about it.

The brunch options didn't disappoint.  The Bison Huevos Rancheros was plentiful and perfect for a group or single entree. Crispy multi-grain tortillas line the bowl of chorizo hash with organic bison, farm fresh Amish eggs over easy, and topped with peppers, salsa roja, scallions, cilantro, goat cheese and avocado. 

The obvious main event was the chocolate chip banana caramel french toast doused in what tasted like cinnamon roll frosting. Prettttty amazing.  

 The ideal spot for a feel-good meal and a cure to a weekend hangover, Silver has just the right amount of options without overwhelming. Make sure to come hungry, very hungry and order a milkshake first.  You won't regret it. 

Make sure to stop by Silver soon on Bethesda Row and check out their Facebook and Instagram in the meantime! 

Best Bites in DC By Neighborhood

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Hands down the #1 question I get asked by friends or visitors in DC is, where are the best places to eat? So here it is, the master list of my favorite DC dining spots by neighborhood. 


Adams Morgan

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Mintwood Place


Boundary Stone
Crisp Kitchen + Bar
The Pub & The People
Red Hen

Capitol Hill

Hanks on the Hill
Pineapple & Pearls
Roses Luxury
Sona Creamery & Wine Bar

Chinatown/Mt. Vernon


Columbia Heights

Bad Saint
El Chucho
Kangaroo Boxing Club
The Coupe
Thip Khao


Duke’s Grocery
Little Serow
Marri Vanna
The Riggsby

H Street

Boundary Road
Dangerously Delicious Pies
Copycat Co
Toki Underground
Sally’s Middle Name


Blue Duck Tavern
Bourbon Steak
Chez Billy Sud
Fiola Mare

Logan Circle/14th Street

Compass Rose
Doi Moi
Le Diplomate
Pearl Dive

Navy Yard

Due South
Justin’s Cafe
Osteria Morini


Chez Billy
Red Derby


Eat The Rich
The Dabney

Dying to Try

All Purpose
Columbia Room
Drift on 7th
Tail Up Goat

Where are your favorite DC spots? If you're ever stuck on where to go, make sure to check out China Riddle's Instagram and articles for The Hungry Lobbyist and Eater DC

Image via @chinareariddle