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The Obamas Eat Their Way Through DC.

President Obama getting ready to chow down. Photo by Rick Bowmer-AP

First Eater, Chowhound-in-Chief, Executive Dining Officer, President Barack Obama has earned many o’nickname for his know how: how to dig in. Since moving to Washington, DC from Chicago, the Obamas have been out on the town quite a bit sampling new restaurants or dining out with staff and friends.  

Keeping with their tradition of Friday Night date nights, since before White House days, the Obamas have ventured out to some of DC’s top restaurants.  But when left to his own devises, it’s clear that the President prefers a juicy burger and chili considering the long list of burger joints he’s visited. Obama has also patronized local mom-and-pop places, such as the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl.

The eateries the Obamas have visited have reported an unprecedented increase of business, instantly turning local establishments into international icons. Co-owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl said, “Since President Obama came, the line may have gotten longer but the look and feel of Ben’s will never change.”  If you’re in the nation’s capital and you’re looking to learn more about the President and First Lady, what better way to do that than through food?

Check out the FULL Article on DC Metro Magazine (page 14-16).

Lisa Shapiro is the Dining Editor for DC Metro Magazine.


DC Shut Out of James Beard Foundation Awards

Joe Yonan, Editor, Washington Post - Winner of James Beard Foundations Best Food Section award

Joe Yonan, Editor, Washington Post - Winner of James Beard Foundation's Best Food Section award

Many DC Area foodies, food bloggers, local restaurant critics, and DC dining scene followers spent their evening hitting “refresh” on Twitter as the annual James Beard Foundation awards were announced one by one. I doubt I was the only one.

Many were quite unhappy when New York Times food writer, Nick Fox “spoiled” the goods for everyone with his posting about the Beard Awards being Announced. Evidently 9 p.m. the “embargo” was lifted for posting of tonight’s winners, but it sure felt like a spoiler to me.

Shortly thereafter, Washington Posts’ Joe Yonan, who won for the Best Food Section posted, “DC Chefs were shut out at the James Beard Foundation Awards in New York tonight, falling in three national categories and in the mid-Atlantic competition to chefs from other cities.”

James Beard Foundation Award Winner for Outstanding Chef, Dan Barber (NY)

James Beard Foundation Award Winner for Outstanding Chef, Dan Barber (NY)

It was a great surprise that DC’s “golden boy”, Chef José Andrés of Cafe Atlantico’s Minibar lost to Chef Dan Barber of New York’s Blue Hill  for the national Outstanding Chef award and to David Chang’s Momofuku Ko, also in New York, for Best New Restaurant honors. Chef Andrés, who won Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2003, has been nominated many times before, including a Rising Star Chef nomination in 1999 for Café Atlantico and Jaleo; a Best New Restaurant nomination in 2003 for Zaytinya; and an Outstanding Chef nomination in 2008.

Johnny Monis of Komi was nominated for the second year in a row for Rising Star Chef; however, lost to Nate Appleman of A16 in San Francisco. Appleman’s his first cookbook, “A16: Food + Wine,” won Best First Book and Book of the Year honors at the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ conference last month.