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Eat Like 11 Presidents

Charlie Palmer starts the Capitol Countdown menu this week, featuring the favorite dishes and heritages of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter, Clinton, The Bama, even everyone’s favorite lovable crook, Nixon.  If your invitation to the State Dinner was lost in the mail, this is the closest thing to pulling a Salahi without causing an international incident.

From now until Saturday, January 26, each week showcases a different presidential dish ($28-35) for dinner.  Some standouts?  Eisenhower’s oxtail crepinette with root vegetables in a red wine and horseradish broth; H.W. Bush’s butter-poached lobster with Szawlowski potatoes, house-made linguica, sweet corn and kale; Clinton’s chicken fried steak with collard greens, cord pudding and mushroom jus; and during Inauguration Week, Obama’s Hawaiian rib-eye marinated in pineapple and soy, with sweet potato gnocchi and crispy taro root.  See the complete menu here.

Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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