D.C.'s most famous steakhouse might be the White House. According to Obama Foodorama, a blog dedicated to the administration's food and nutrition initiatives, beef often tops the menu during important dinners hosted by the President. For instance, when dining at the White House in 2011, China's President Hu Jintao dined on dry-aged rib eye. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel it was petit filet; for South Korea's Lee Myung-bak: Texas Wagyu. One possible reason behind the trend? "Steak […] is an American thing, " says former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib. "It […] represents the best of American Cuisine."Read More
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Each spring, the city’s cherry blossom trees perfume the air with their lightly sweet aroma, a reminder of the long and respectful friendship between DC and Japan. In the 100 years since Tokyo gifted those trees, Washingtonians have found other ways to explore Japanese culture locally, perhaps most satisfyingly at omakase counters. At renowned restaurants such as Sushi Taro and Makoto, guests vie for seats at these counters, where they can get up-close views of chefs’ exacting preparation techniques.Read More
Foggy Bottom took its name from the fog that would rise up from the Potomac River. Nonetheless, this D.C. neighborhood boasts institutions—the Department of State, the Watergate Hotel, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few—that shine bright in the nation’s consciousness. Interspersed with the political sites are an assortment of restaurants and cultural institutions likewise waiting to reward those willing to chart a course through the haze.Read More