Georgetown restaurants have and continue to cater to presidents. JFK proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier, Clinton savored his favorite dish. And the Obamas celebrated their anniversary. Presidents have come to Georgetown for a culinary experience. Georgetown BID is hosting “Dine Like a President” an inaugural walk on Saturday, January 19th. Teaming up with Washington Walks, the walk will take visitors around Georgetown to historical locales where the presidents frequented for business and pleasure.
Space is limited. Attendees can sign up in advance at www.washingtonwalks.com. If you can’t attend the walk, at least visit some of these dining establishments where presidents, politicos, and celebrities have dined. Provided below is a list of local eateries the past and present presidents have eaten:
Martin’s Tavern 1264 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (202) 333-7370 www.martinstavern.com –Established in 1933, the restaurant has catered to several presidents. John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier and Richard Nixon would enjoy the meatloaf.
Bourbon Steak 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (202) 944-2026 www.bourbonsteakdc.com –Power players and foodies alike can sit together and dine on cuisine made my renowned chef Michael Mina. The Obamas celebrated their 20th anniversary there.
Filomena Ristorante 1063 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (202) 337-2782 www.filomenadc.com –Good food and great hospitality go hand in hand at this Italian restaurant. For 28 years, Filomena has served dignitaries such as George H.W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, and Bill Clinton. Order the linguine cardinale. It’s Clinton’s favorite dish!
Café Milano 3251 Prospect Street, NW (202) 333-6183 www.cafemilano.com –Known for his excellent hospitality and high clientele, Café Milano has served politicians and celebrities alike. Bill and Hillary Clinton frequented the restaurant and Pope Benedict celebrated his birthday there in 2008.
1789 1226 36th Street, NW (202) 965-1789 www.1789restaurant.com –This fine restaurant was voted by Gourmet magazine readers as one of “America’s Top Tables”. The restaurant takes its name from a significant year in Washington history: Archbishop John Carroll, the founding father of Georgetown University, purchased the original site where the restaurant stands; the U.S. Constitution was drafted; and Mayor Robert Peter incorporated the city of Georgetown. The Wickets Room is where President Obama dined with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in June 2011.
Peacock Café 3251 Prospect Street, NW (202) 625-2740 www.peacockcafe.com –Hilary Clinton celebrated her 63rd birthday in 2010. If you want to know what Ms. Clinton ate, contact the manager.
Georgetown Cupcake 3301 M Street, NW (202) 333-8448 www.georgetowncupcake.com –Voted “Best Cupcake”, this bake shop draws a line of people waiting to sample one of those delicious cupcakes. The cupcakery hosted President Obama’s daughter Sasha’s 10th birthday party. To avoid the lines, place an order online or visit the Bethesda location at 4834 Bethesda Avenue.
Seasons 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (202) 944-2026 www.fourseasons.com/washington/dining/restaurant/seasons --Inside the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, the restaurant has hosted political and social events. Stick around the lobby and you may see dignitaries and celebrities mingling. The Clintons and Wolf Blitzer have visited the restaurant.
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream 3214 P Street, NW (202) 337-0616 www.thomassweet.com –The sweet shop has been a staple in the Georgetown are for 30 years and is best known for churned icecream and handmade fudge. President Obama brought his daughters over for a sweet treat. Order the vanilla and cookie dough ice cream.
Clyde’s 3236 M Street (202) 333-9180 www.clydes.com –Fun fact: President John F. Kennedy signed a bill in 1962 making it legal since 1917 to serve patrons hard liquor at bars. Clyde’s was established thanks to the bill’s signage.