Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Washington DC - Old Ebbitt Grill

I love this place!  Just around the corner from the White House, the Old Ebbitt Grill was a favorite of Presidents in the late 1800’s.  I love the clubby feel of the building, the booths with velvet upholstery, the dark mahogany wood, the coat rack hooks between the booths, the bustle and energy level still high at 9:30 and 10:00 pm.   We thought the food was quite good; nothing to right tomes about but it fit the bill for what we were looking for as a late evening casual dinner.   The lump crab cakes were delicious and were 95% crabmeat.  Raw oysters are a specialty and were a treat.  Steamed mussels with fennel, kalamata olives and a tomato-saffron broth served over linguine – excellent.  Many other tried and true American specialties are on the  menu.  I highly recommend this restaurant for its ambiance and location - especially late in the evening in the winter as the snow is starting to fall.  If this should happen to you, as it did to us,  make sure to make the short two block walk to the front of the White House to have your own private viewing in a silent winter setting.

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