Eat + Drink

Act Presidential. Eat Where the President Eats in D.C.

Looking for places to eat in D.C.? Follow in the footsteps of the Commander-in-Chief, past and present. Old Ebbitt Grill, steps from the White House, fed Teddy Roosevelt. (Photo: Alamy)

One of the perks of being president of the United States might be lavish state dinners with foods from all over the globe, but what if you just want a burger like everyone else? Maybe you want to try the hottest new restaurant in D.C. or a local favorite like everyone else? Seems like every recent president has been there.

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President Obama has had a half-smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl along with locals and other luminaries. (Photo: Alamy)

Take the Obamas for instance; they take date night seriously, hitting spots like Georgia Brown’s for southern fare or The Source for Asian-fusion. President Obama has taken solo foodie missions to local joints like Ray’s Hell Burger in Northern Virginia and Ben’s Chili Bowl, a fabled food stop for many celebs seeking a half-smoke. George Bush, Sr. and Jr. made Peking Gourmet Inn, across the river in Virginia, a regular stop, while Bill Clinton favored Meiwah for his Chinese food cravings.

But there are standard bearers when it comes to presidential dining in D.C. Old Ebbitt Grill, conveniently located a block from the White House, dates back to 1856 and has fed a string of presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Theodore Roosevelt. The neighborhood feel of Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown drew Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy, who was compelled to propose to Jackie there. You’ll feel compelled to have brunch, one of the most inexpensive and best in town.

Find out more about how and where president’s chow in this infographic.

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(Infographic: Lemonly)