Top 3 casual restaurants for spotting political leaders in Washington DC

Washington D.C. is filled with prominent political figures and elected officials. These are some of the more affordable restaurants and eateries where if you are lucky enough, you may end up eating next to the Commander-in-chief.
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by Megan Shin
June 27, 2016

Politicians, diplomats, elected officials, and congressmen make up the majority of the population of the nation’s capital. It is true that they often prefer to dine at the private, luxurious fine dining restaurants. However, these three restaurants are far more casual and affordable but are just as popular among the politicos. If you want to hang out by the important officials who run the nation but cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars for a meal, read further to find out where to go to increase your chances of spotting President Obama and to enjoy good food. .

Peking Gourmet Inn (6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041)

This restaurant is located in a rather unimpressive shopping center in Falls Church. From the exterior of the restaurant, you would never guess that this establishment is indeed one of the most popular dining destinations for famous political leaders. The moment you walk into this restaurant, you immediately learn not to judge a book by its cover. In addition to the vibrant decor of the restaurant, the walls are lined with portraits of famous people who visited this restaurant. Since opening its doors in 1978, Peking Gourmet Inn has received many high-profile guests such as President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush. This establishment is famous for the delicious Peking duck and Sichuan beef. If you want to get a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine while dining next to famous politicos, this is definitely the place to be.

Ray’s Hell Burger (1650 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209)

This burger joint may seem like any other typical burger place. However, this special burger joint gained popularity when President Obama made multiple visits for a cheeseburger. In fact, he liked it so much that he even took Russian President Medvedev here to give him a taste of an authentic American burger.

Cafe Milano (3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007)

This is definitely more upscale and pricey restaurant than the previous two, but it is impossible to discuss celebrity sightings in Washington D.C. without mentioning Cafe Milano. This place located in Georgetown area receives regular visits from politicos, athletes, businessmen, and journalists, including President Obama, Michelle Obama, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Griffin III, as well as various Hollywood actors. This Italian restaurant, without a doubt, is the place to be if you want to rub elbows with the politicos and celebrities in Washington D.C.

By Megan Shin