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Find $27 Tots and 'Hipster Fries' at the Trump Hotel's Lounge

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The hotel is open, though the restaurant is still to come

Trump Hotel's lobby
Trump Hotel's lobby
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Diners will have to wait until Friday to eat at The Trump Hotel's restaurant, BLT Prime. But its Opo lounge was already buzzing and busy Tuesday afternoon — at least for those willing to drop $27 on crab-flavored tater tots.

Big chandeliers, blue-and-gold decor and cushy seating outfit the cavernous lounge space. Its menu pays homage to Benjamin Franklin's lesser-known legacy as a "Founding Foodie" (their term). As previously reported, there is wine offered "by the crystal spoon," like $140 for Furmint 2007 (it's $2,250 for the bottle).

Prices show the hotel's high-end aspirations. Cocktails are $18-$21, with bases like mezcal and Japanese whiskey (plenty of gins and bourbons are available). Wines by the glass run $12 to $28, while a glass of 2007 Cristal will cost $150. The two mocktails on the menu rival prices of many non-virgin versions in town, coming in at $12 for the "Statue" (agave, mint, ginger and soda water).

A rolling pastry cart filled with flake croissants and jams weaves throughout the bar area during morning hours. A happy hour brings several $5 food spreads served on grilled country bread. Also available, $16 "hipster fries," candied bacon and pastrami salmon carpaccio. The $120 Trump Tower is a medley of lobster, oysters, clams, shrimp, and blue crab cocktail. Check out photos of the lounge menus below:

Protestors could be seen outside on opening day yesterday; the hotel has faced controversy over these past months, with restaurateurs backing out of the project after volatile remarks made by the mogul and presidential candidate.

Trump International Hotel, Washington DC

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (202) 695-1100 Visit Website