Barack and Michelle Obama have developed a reputation for dining out in Washington more than any other recent First Couple. Whereas George W. Bush rarely ventured outside the White House for food, the current President and First Lady seem to love their covert trips off the reservation. Here’s a guide to where they’ve eaten out—and with whom.
Politicos, Prime Ministers, and Presidents
1789: With German chancellor Angela Merkel
Woo Lae Oak: With South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung-huan, and South Korean president Lee Myung-bak
Ben’s Chili Bowl: With former DC mayor Adrian Fenty
Regular Folks and Contest Winners
Took the Kids
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Obama-inspired dishes proliferated in 2008, but some have had staying power. Here’s how restaurants are celebrating the eater-in-chief:
Prez Obama Burger
A $6.98 pileup of bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort, and horseradish mayo at Good Stuff Eatery.
Obama’s Home Sweet Home
A riff on a rickey made with Bulleit bourbon, lime, club soda, and pineapple juice at DC’s Topaz Bar.
This article appears in the September 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.