Commander-in-Chef + The First Family

Dine like America’s ‘First Foodie’ for Inauguration WeekendJanuary 20, 2017

Commander-in-Chef + The First FamilyBefore President Obama waves goodbye to the White House we thought we’d take a look at the dining destinations that fueled the First Family in the culinary capital city. We follow our leader one last time, savoring the Obamas’ sought-after spots, favorite dishes and predicting where the “First Eater” and his family might celebrate his last days in office. Politics aside, we promise that you won’t be disappointed!

Chef David Guas’ Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has rightfully garnered praise from Garden & Gun to Bon Appétit for its sinfully delicious Southern bites and Louisiana vibe. It boasts a presidential pedigree of its own: Guas’ signature King Cakes are ordered annually to celebrate Mardi Gras at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It would be no surprise if Sasha and Malia indulge in the annual tradition once more and order the iconic treat on King’s Day, January 6, the official start of Mardi Gras and King Cake season.

BOURBON STEAK, inside the Four Season Hotel in Georgetown, offers the rare opportunity to dine and drink like a President – the First Couple has celebrated two wedding anniversaries inside its sleek and stylish private dining room. Keep your eyes peeled for their return as head bartender Torrence Swain shakes up the winning cocktail from its Dems vs GOP mock election, which ran during the Presidential race. The winner? “The Chief,” a Dirty Martini with White Truffles, Absolut Elyx Vodka, House-made Truffle Brine and a Truffle Pecorino Olive. This tipple tips its hat to its Republican namesake: Herbert Hoover. Regardless of your party allegiance, we can all agree this drink is toast worthy!

Recently minted with a Michelin star, you can catch Masseria by chef Nicholas Stefanelli, on the flip side of the Capitol Building in the hip Northeast Corridor. Celebrating the rich, harmonious flavors and quality Italian cooking that shaped Stefanelli’s palate as a child, Masseria has become a personal favorite of the First Lady and one of the city’s most in-demand dining experiences. How to get a reservation at Masseria: Plan ahead and book a reservation in advance!        

President Obama has always had a “passion” for the Passion Food Hospitality restaurants, dating back from his time as a Senator and on the campaign trail when he would frequent the original outpost of TenPenh [before its recent reopening in Tysons Corner]. It’s been widely reported that our current FLOTUS enjoys a Southern twist as she and her closest pals have been spotted scooting into Acadiana restaurant several times, lunching over healthy Watermelon Salads with Feta along with a little decadence – Oyster Po’Boys, Shrimp & Grits and Seafood Crêpes!

Acadiana | 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC | 202.408.8848
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery | 1515 North Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA | 703.243.2410
BOURBON STEAK | 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC | 202.944.2026
Masseria | 1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC | 202.608.1330