DC’s newest Turkish restaurant, Ottoman Taverna, received a big endorsement on Saturday when Michelle Obama dined with eleven guests. The airy Mt. Vernon Triangle eatery from restaurateur Hakan Ilhan debuted earlier this month.
A spokesperson from the restaurant says the large group enjoyed a lengthy stay from 7 to 11 pm. Chef Ilhan Erkek, an Istanbul native, is known for traditional dishes such as charcoal-roasted kebabs, pide (flatbreads), and sumac-spiced fish, as well as modern Mediterranean items. The First Lady has become a trendsetter when it comes to checking out the city’s newest restaurants, dropping into hotspots like Masseria, Maketto, and Chez Billy Sud.