I really need to work on my restaurant ordering skills. Just a week after the grana episode, I dined out and again (!) failed to order correctly. This time, we tried a new neighborhood restaurant - Ripple - on opening night, May 27. It had a fun, fresh, single-page menu with what seemed to be a few vegan options: an arugula salad, hand cut fries, red beans,  potato puree, and sautéed kale.  I asked if the potato or kale had dairy products. No, I was assured. Much to my dismay, it arrived with a nice token of ham. Clearly, I'm not asking the right questions.  

However, I want to note how lovely Ripple is. The space is clean, elegant and modern. In addition to the dinner menu, there is an extensive list of wines by the glass and a cheese and chartucherie menu. The service was very good; in addition to our capable server, the host checked on us a few times and a young man came around several times to fill our water glasses. A variety of bread crisps is presented in a wire basket (we had plain, salt, cumin, and a spicier one in ours). The plates are small and perfect for sharing and sampling. The menu (and our server) are tuned into local and regional offerings; some providers are named on the menu.

Although it's not a vegan/veg restaurant, there are certainly choices. A hearty vegan meal at Ripple could be: Arugula salad (6 or 7), fries (5) and red beans (5). A glass of wine for 6-20 dollars, and you'd have a nice meal for a reasonable price. 

Ripple is at 3417 Connecticut Ave., NW, in the former Aroma space. I haven't found a website for them yet. 


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