Get out of town. Climb a tree. Pet a hippopotamus.
But make it back by Monday, because you’ve got a stuffed peacock to see and a cheeseburger with bacon jam to try.
At this place: The Riggsby, a new entrant on your list of “super-solid restaurants and bars in Dupont,” opening Monday in the Carlyle hotel. (See the slideshow and the menu.)
Here are some things you should know:
—This is from Michael Schlow. He did Tico. You like Tico.
—It’s nice to look at. Black and white floor tiles, tufted-leather banquettes and a stuffed peacock affixed to one wall.
—They’ve got some good beers. Flying Dog Snake Dog, Devils Backbone Vienna Lager. Good drinks as well. Like a Ticket to Cuba with aged rum, yuzu and mint. You could do a first date here. Or meet up with someone you went to college with.
—You know how so many restaurants no longer have courses, just a parade of shareable small plates? They don’t do that. They’ve got 11 entrées. Stuff like a double-cut pork chop, the aforementioned cheeseburger and slow-cooked salmon.
Yes, they’ve got shareable small plates, too.