Imagine Barack and Michelle Obama nonchalantly strolling into your restaurant, waiting to sit down for a meal. The pressure to perform must be astounding, but, at the end of the day, they’re a normal family with a hearty appetite; they typically focus on healthy eats, but there’s always the occasional ice cream or pizza night. These are some of their favorite dishes within District limits.
The First Couple celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary at the upscale Blue Duck Tavern. As First Lady, Michelle’s platform focuses on healthy eating and sustainable ingredients, and Blue Duck Tavern caters to lovers of the farm-to-table style. The menu cites the source of each ingredient. The presidential pair reportedly opted for oysters and crabs, likely fished directly from the Chesapeake Bay.
This Alexandria-based ice cream shop is the site of many First Family outings — Barack, Michelle, and their daughters. The Dairy Godmother serves up unique flavors of custard and frozen yogurt, which range from pumpkin to white peach. The dynamic tastes definitely delight the president’s well-documented sweet tooth.
Being president, one of the most influential figures in the world, doesn’t mean you have to quit fast food entirely. Customers of the burger franchise have spotted Barack at various Five Guys across the District; he always orders, you guessed it, a cheeseburger. Sometimes you just need a greasy break from the five-star meals of your personal chef.
The tucked-away pizzeria on Capitol Hill is beloved by local residents and senators alike. The Obamas are also in on the secret, having dined here for family pizza night many a time. The casual digs offer superb pizzas and craft beer to pair with each slice.