Rating the Obamas' Restaurant Picks

By Eleanor Barkhorn
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The Obamas celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary Saturday night with a meal at D.C.'s Blue Duck Tavern.
No word on what the first couple ate at the contemporary American restaurant, but we do have a report from Zeke Emanuel on eating there a few months ago with another boldface name: comedian Larry David. As Zeke wrote in his post, David is known for his neuroses, but the Blue Duck staff were unfazed:

He pushed the Blue Duck's staff, but they responded with uncomplaining service. Plus, the food is excellent, definitely making the Blue Duck one of my top 10 picks in Washington, D.C.

We also have a post about the Obamas' last big night out: their date in New York City in May. Our nutrition expert Marion Nestle just happened to be at the next table when the president and the First Lady ate at chef Dan Barber's Blue Hill:

The Obamas! At the next table! Six feet away! I can't tell you what they ate because Dan Barber cooked for them. But I saw the President pay the bill...From the applause in the restaurant when they were leaving, the picture-taking mob in front of the restaurant, and the crowds lining 6th Avenue, this is one expense nobody minds. They looked like they were having fun. We did too.

According to our contributors, the Obamas have made good restaurant choices so far. Suggestions on where they should go on their next date night?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2009/10/rating-the-obamas-restaurant-picks/27774/