Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

We had a wonderful morning leisurely strolling around the Mall and the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. We walked the good 6 blocks to this famous lunch place that Jackie reported he goes to every year with the Levee Board crew. This year Chloe and I joined him and we were promptly seated in a booth, Chloe's favorite type table.

Old Ebbitt Grill opened in 1856 just steps away from the White House and museums. It has been a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt. It is decorated with velvet booths and a Beaux-Arts facade with mahogany and marble. And we were blessed with a wonderful waiter, Greg.

We were offered beverages, Jackie got a Bloody Mary and loved it. It was made with a spicy mix and served with two huge green olives. I had a glass of the house Cabernet. The place was nearly packed when we arrived at 11:30, amazing. Jackie ordered up a 1/2 dozen charbroiled oysters that Old Ebbitt's is famous for. They were good, Jackie saved one for me. I liked the unique cocktail sauce.

Chloe was served a great kid's menu and crayons and picked the grilled cheese with applesauce. It was perfect for her and she made it disappear fast. Jackie ordered the Senator. It's a smoked turkey and ham sandwich with Boursin cheese (one of my favorites) and roasted red peppers and arugula on potato bread. He loved it but couldn't finish it. If our senators are eating this, they must be out of their BMI! I got the "Veggie" sandwich that Greg recommended. It was great, the bread was actually thinly sliced fried eggplant (and not greasy at all), filled with portabella mushroom, zucchini, onions, arugula, feta cheese and red pepper hummus. It was perfectly warm and sized for me. Mine was served with fresh fruit that was refreshing after all the junk food we'd snacked on while traveling.

We enjoyed our lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill. Jackie made sure we went there to see it and have those oysters. Our tab was $67 for the three of us. I loved the kid's menu, service and that sandwich. We were off for more sightseeing around the capital.

I added pictures of Chloe on our way to Old Ebbitt's and a picture that night of the Lincoln memorial.

Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St. NW, Washington DC, 202-347-4800 www.ebbitt.com

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