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US President Joe Biden carries an ice cream cone as he leaves Jeni’s Ice Cream in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2022.
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Where to Eat Like the Bidens in D.C.

The President and First Lady are visiting Washington restaurants again

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US President Joe Biden carries an ice cream cone as he leaves Jeni’s Ice Cream in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2022.
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When it came to going out to Washington restaurants, the Obama and Trump administrations were a study in contrasts. D.C. restaurants waited breathlessly for a visit from Michelle (and sometimes Barack) Obama, especially since it usually would be followed by a boost in business; meanwhile, during his four years in office, the only restaurant visited by Trump was the one within his own hotel.

It seems safe to say the Biden administration’s restaurant attendance won’t create as much fervor as the Obamas, but the President and First Lady have shown a willingness to dip their toes into the D.C. restaurant community. This map chronicles their official stops. Where will they head next? We have a few guesses.

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1. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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1925 14th St NW B
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 621-8625
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The question was never which ice cream shop President Joe Biden would first visit in D.C. The question was when Biden would make his way over to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. In fact, it was nearly a year-to-the-day from when the Columbus Monthly published Jeni’s and Joe Biden: A Love Story that Biden stopped in to the Barracks Row outpost of the Ohio-based chain for a scoop of chocolate with peanut butter flecks and a scoop of blackout chocolate cake in a waffle cone. Biden’s relationship with the ice cream company’s James Beard Award-winning founder Jeni Britton Bauer goes back at least to 2012. In 2016, the then-vice president even visited Jeni’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio to hold a press conference about wages.

2. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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On Memorial Day 2021, the Bidens met Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff for lunch at Le Diplomate, the ever-busy French brasserie from restaurateur Stephen Starr with a reputation for catering to VIPs. Harris and Emhoff returned in the fall for a leisurely Sunday meal.

3. Taqueria Las Gemelas

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 866-0550
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On Cinco de Mayo 2021, Las Gemelas co-owner Josh Phillips got to hear directly from the V.P. that Las Gemelas is the first restaurant in America to receive a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant. Biden also ordered four tacos and two quesadillas in the process.

President Biden Visits Washington Restaurant
Biden at Las Gemelas
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4. Call Your Mother

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3428 O St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Ok, so the President didn’t go inside, but the motorcade still swung by the Georgetown location of this uber-popular “Jew-ish” deli to place a pickup order for sesame bagels with cream cheese.

Secret Service agents outside Call Your Mother deli
Secret Service agents outside Call Your Mother deli
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5. Imperfecto

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1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 964-1012
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President Joe Biden just enjoyed a glamorous Friday night out at the West End’s acclaimed Mediterranean-Latin spot by chef Enrique Limardo. Biden and his family headed to its private dining room to feast on a prix-fixe lineup of lamb moussaka “cigars,” tuna tartare with shishito puree and trout caviar, slow-roasted suckling pig, and more, co-owner Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger tells Washingtonian.

The private dining room at Imperfecto.
The presidential party ate in Imperfecto’s private dining room.
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6. Fiola Mare

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3100 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 525-1402
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The Bidens have been fans of Fabio Trabocchi’s swanky Italian seafood restaurant in Georgetown since at least 2014. A 2021 visit came with a side of controversy because the presidential couple were photographed walking through the restaurant without wearing protective face masks, a violation of D.C.’s public health mandates at the time.

Joe Biden stands outside a doorway in the dark.
President Joe Biden leaves Italian seafood restaurant Fiola Mare after a date with First Lady Jill Biden.
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7. The Sweet Lobby

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404 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-2404
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Just ahead of Valentine’s Day 2021, First Lady Jill Biden purchased $100 worth of cupcakes and macarons from this Capitol Hill pastry shop.

Macarons from The Sweet Lobbby
Macarons from The Sweet Lobbby
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1. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

1925 14th St NW B, Washington, DC 20009

The question was never which ice cream shop President Joe Biden would first visit in D.C. The question was when Biden would make his way over to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. In fact, it was nearly a year-to-the-day from when the Columbus Monthly published Jeni’s and Joe Biden: A Love Story that Biden stopped in to the Barracks Row outpost of the Ohio-based chain for a scoop of chocolate with peanut butter flecks and a scoop of blackout chocolate cake in a waffle cone. Biden’s relationship with the ice cream company’s James Beard Award-winning founder Jeni Britton Bauer goes back at least to 2012. In 2016, the then-vice president even visited Jeni’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio to hold a press conference about wages.

1925 14th St NW B
Washington, DC 20009

2. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

On Memorial Day 2021, the Bidens met Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff for lunch at Le Diplomate, the ever-busy French brasserie from restaurateur Stephen Starr with a reputation for catering to VIPs. Harris and Emhoff returned in the fall for a leisurely Sunday meal.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Taqueria Las Gemelas

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
President Biden Visits Washington Restaurant
Biden at Las Gemelas
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On Cinco de Mayo 2021, Las Gemelas co-owner Josh Phillips got to hear directly from the V.P. that Las Gemelas is the first restaurant in America to receive a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant. Biden also ordered four tacos and two quesadillas in the process.

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Call Your Mother

3428 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Secret Service agents outside Call Your Mother deli
Secret Service agents outside Call Your Mother deli
James Culcasi/For Call Your Mother

Ok, so the President didn’t go inside, but the motorcade still swung by the Georgetown location of this uber-popular “Jew-ish” deli to place a pickup order for sesame bagels with cream cheese.

3428 O St NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Imperfecto

1124 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
The private dining room at Imperfecto.
The presidential party ate in Imperfecto’s private dining room.
Imperfecto/official photo

President Joe Biden just enjoyed a glamorous Friday night out at the West End’s acclaimed Mediterranean-Latin spot by chef Enrique Limardo. Biden and his family headed to its private dining room to feast on a prix-fixe lineup of lamb moussaka “cigars,” tuna tartare with shishito puree and trout caviar, slow-roasted suckling pig, and more, co-owner Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger tells Washingtonian.

1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

6. Fiola Mare

3100 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Joe Biden stands outside a doorway in the dark.
President Joe Biden leaves Italian seafood restaurant Fiola Mare after a date with First Lady Jill Biden.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

The Bidens have been fans of Fabio Trabocchi’s swanky Italian seafood restaurant in Georgetown since at least 2014. A 2021 visit came with a side of controversy because the presidential couple were photographed walking through the restaurant without wearing protective face masks, a violation of D.C.’s public health mandates at the time.

3100 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. The Sweet Lobby

404 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Macarons from The Sweet Lobbby
Macarons from The Sweet Lobbby
The Sweet Lobby [official]

Just ahead of Valentine’s Day 2021, First Lady Jill Biden purchased $100 worth of cupcakes and macarons from this Capitol Hill pastry shop.

404 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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