Old Ebbitt Grill

I promise I'll stop posting about my adventures in Washington DC soon. But first, because I said I would, I have to share one last gastronomic endeavor—a light dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, the historic oyster bar and grill located near the White House.

With its dark wood paneling and deep velvet booths, it's the sort of place where it's easy to imagine politicians gather to strike deals. It was a favorite watering hole for presidents including Grant, Cleveland, and Roosevelt, and you just might spot a political insider or journalist there today (along with plenty of theater-goers, of course).

Plus it's a favorite stop for my family—My Dad and My Mom frequent it on their many trips to DC, the summer I lived in the city I brought Conservative Boy there, and when My Boss and I were in town for a conference we sidled up to the bar for dinner not one but two nights in a row (she found the oysters hard to resist).

Because it's popular, you can bet you'll have a wait for a booth in the restaurant. But never fear—there are four lovely mahogany bars, and it's first come first serve. We ate at one on this trip.

My Dad and My Sister ordered a big platter of oysters. They said they were delicious. I'll take their word for it.

My Mom and I, who aren't big fans of raw oysters, opted for the grilled ones. Very good.

And look at this crab cake I had. Isn't it a beaut? (It tasted pretty darn delicious too.)

Best of all, the service was terrific. In fact, I think every time I've eaten at the bar I've been greeted by a genuinely nice bartender more than happy to serve. And you can't beat that, whether you're a Senator or not.

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