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Brunch at Ris

January 3, 2012

Happy 2012! I hope you had a fun, relaxing and healthy New Year’s weekend. It’s a common belief that what you do on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the entire year. If that’s the case, 2012 is off to a delicious start, because I celebrated with brunch at Ris.

Ris has been on my to-eat list for ages — doesn’t everyone keep a to-eat list? well, you should! — but I’d never gone in despite walking by often. New Year’s Day seemed like the perfect occasion to try out a fun new place and Ris did not disappoint.

Ris was ready for New Year’s revelers. A short card at each table detailed New Year’s traditions from around the world, including what foods to eat (grapes, pomegranates, black-eyed peas) and what foods to avoid (lobsters and chickens).

I hope coffee is on that good-foods-to-eat list because it started flowing the minute we walked in the door and didn’t stop. Always a sign of a good brunch place. Who needs bottomless mimosas when there’s bottomless coffee?!

Ris’ brunch menu is unique because instead of large platters of food, you can order small plates — we love our tapas-style eating here in DC! — and pick and choose. That makes it a surprisingly budget-friendly brunch option.

To start, we split the most beautiful plate of simple greens with Champagne Dijon vinaigrette and local herbs.

For my main, I opted for Eggs Florentine and was happy that this ‘small plate’ approach meant I got just the right amount of food. I walked out of brunch pleasantly full, showing that the potatoes, toast and other sides that often come with breakfast just aren’t necessary.

And check out this huge, gorgeous Greek omelet that my mom got.

Everyone has their go-to brunch spots, those places you visit when nothing new comes along or you want an old favorite. For a while, mine have been Bistro Français in Georgetown and Mosaic Cafe in Rockville but Ris, you just earned yourself a spot on that list.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2012 9:56 am

    I love this place and I hate that it’s often overlooked because of the location. Glad you enjoyed it! Definitely try it out for dinner too. Happy New Year!

    • January 3, 2012 2:18 pm

      I want to try it for ALL meals now — I’m in love.

  2. Life's a Bowl permalink
    January 3, 2012 12:11 pm

    I haven’t been out to brunch in years- seriously cannot remember the last time I have! Ris sounds delic!

  3. January 3, 2012 3:34 pm

    Do you have local restaurant recommendations for the Germantown, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, (even Clarksburg) area? Let me know! (Doesn’t have to be in a reply, you can email if you want! Thanks Erin!

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