The Riggsby, web site, 1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 202-787-1500, open many different hours as it is a hotel restaurant too (in The Carlyle). (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | City Paper | Ylp | Don Rockwell | Gayot]
This deliberately “retro” place is actually quite good. They have meat, seafood, a kind of “do they serve shrimp cocktail here?” 1970s kind of vibe. Doesn’t that make it exotic? More exotic than kitfo in fact? The mussels, sardines, and schnitzel here are quite good. The look and décor are fun. This is a welcome change of pace, I look forward to going back. Right now it’s the best place I can think of right off Dupont Circle.