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Ovi Likes Russian, RG3 Goes for Brazilian: Where Washington Athletes Like to Eat

We surveyed some of Washington’s best-known pro athletes and coaches to find out their favorite spots to dine off the court and the field. The only thing these folks have in common? They all like to eat.


Crystal Langhorne: Matchbox

Coach Mike Thibault: Clyde’s

Matee Ajavon: McCormick & Schmick’s

Monique Currie: Highlands

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt: Carmine’s


RG3: Fogo De Chão

Fred Davis: Capital Grille

Stephen Bowen: Ben’s Next Door

Darrel Young: The Palm

Reed Doughty: Ashby Inn & Restaurant


Alex Ovechkin: Mari Vanna

Nicklas Backstrom: Cafe Milano

Braden Holtby: Blue Duck Tavern

Brooks Laich: Sushi Rock

Troy Brouwer: Cafe Milano


Bryce Harper: Guapo’s

Adam LaRoche: J. Gilbert’s

Kurt Suzuki: Capital Grille

Gio Gonzalez: Filomena

Ian Desmond: Clyde’s


Venus Williams: Jamba Juice

Leander Paes: Cafe Milano

Martina Hingis: Cafe Milano

Coach Murphy Jensen: Cafe Milano

Bobby Reynolds: Del Frisco’s Grille


John Wall: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Bradley Beal: T.G.I. Friday’s

Emeka Okafor: Jaleo

Coach Randy Wittman: Clyde’s

Nene: Fogo De Chão

Photo-illustrations by John Euland.

This article appears in the August 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.

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  • Lancelot Link

    What... DC United players don't eat?

  • Chris_Wimmer_77

    What about D.C. United players!?

  • LebCapsFan

    Who's DC United?

  • Carol Joynt

    We asked more than a few times, over several weeks, but DC United did not reply by our deadline.

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