The buzz hasn’t stopped since Stephen Starr’s French brasserie Le Diplomate debuted on 14th Street; in fact, it might be even louder since Sunday night, when Vice President Joe Biden dined there with wife Jill and their granddaughter. A tipster spotted the couple entering the restaurant—he in signature aviators, she in a floral sheath—on the balmy summer evening, with the restaurant at typical bustling capacity.
Le Diplomate’s team maintains a “no comment” policy when it comes to diners, but other sources confirm that the trio sat on the terrace. Joe Biden opted for the Obama administration-approved item: a burger, in this case the “burger Americain,” a riff on the fast food classic with pickles, American cheese, and a side stack of pommes frites. Fitting for the VP, the dish arrives with a diplomatic smattering of miniature French and American toothpick flags. According to the source, diners gave the Bidens a round of applause as they left the restaurant.
While the President and First Lady are known for their trips a deux to hotspots such as Komi and the Source, Joe Biden is more often spotted at low-key destinations like Liberty Tavern and regular trips to Pete’s New Haven for pasta pomodoro. (Another tipster mentions Georgetown’s swanky Cafe Milano is a regular stop for the vice presidential couple.) Perhaps President Obama will follow suit, making those 14th Street restaurant waits even longer.