The trend of restaurants with names overtly inspired by either presidents, founding fathers or pure old fashioned Americana shows no signs of slowing down. News broke last week last week that the restaurateur behind Lincoln and Teddy & the Bully Bar originally considered a John F. Kennedy-inspired concept, though instead is opening a restaurant in Shaw this fall called "Declaration" (yes, as in "of Independence"). It will have a "contemporary/colonial" look, so get ready for that. Before that happens, here are some other restaurants around town where dinner is served with an American history lesson of sorts:
The Name: Lincoln
The Food: Their Facebook tagline is "LINCOLN: Food of the People, by the People, for the People," and apparently that means seasonal small plates like spaghetti squash tater tots, ranch brined crispy chicken and a LINCOLN kale salad.
Address: 1110 Vermont Ave NW
The Name: Founding Farmers
The Food: Founding Farmers is up to three locations in the D.C. metro area now, serving American favorites like chicken pot pie and skillet cornbread. That's how the "founding fathers" and sustainably farmed food come together in the local chain's name.
Address: 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 1800 Tysons Blvd, McLean; 12505 Park Potomac Ave, Potomac
The Name: Teddy & The Bully Bar
The Food: From the owner of Lincoln and the forthcoming Declaration, Teddy & The Bully Bar in Dupont serves whole wheat flatbread, shrimp and chorizo risotto and BBQ pork ribs.
The Address: 1200 19th St NW
The Name: The Federalist
The Food: This patriotic Loews Madison Hotel closed in 2013 and was replaced by Rural Society.
The Name: The Hamilton
The Food: Named after founding father Alexander Hamilton, The Hamilton serves everything from sandwiches to sushi. The restaurant's website connects the dots between the name and the restaurant, writing, "This is a man who started off an orphan and ended up a lawyer, banker and founding father before dying famously in a duel with the Vice President of the United States...Located just two blocks from the White House, the District's newest destination for envelope-pushing, visionary music and talent defies convention, much like Hamilton himself."
Address: 600 14th St NW
Name: The Oval Room
Food: The Oval Room is not quite as exclusive than the Oval Office, but Ashok Bajaj's power spot serves elegant versions of shrimp and grits, cherry cola braised shortribs and lollipop kale.
Address: 800 Connecticut Ave NW
Name: We The Pizza
Food: It's right there in the name: the pizzeria inspired by the Constitution serves pizza of all types.
Address: 305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 2100 Crystal Dr, Arlington
Other examples: The Partisan, 1789, The 51st State, America Eats Tavern, The Alex (though that one's a stretch) and more.