"Galileo has the best Italian food. It feels like a Tuscan
farmhouse plopped down in the middle of D.C. My favorite dish is
the veal chop. They also do a great grilled whole fish and risotto
il fungi. And their grilled portobello mushroom is beautiful, like
a piece of meat. The crowd is pretty high-profile Washington.
There's also this great restaurant called Rupperts. It only has 17
tables, but it has exquisite food. The menu is different every
night. It's all specials, and a great little wine list. They always
offer you four different kinds of homemade bread, hot out of the
oven. Very different is A.V. Ristorante Italiano, which is straight
out of the Rat Pack - 1950s Italian food. Lots of red sauce, little
fireplace in the back, jukebox."
"Blues Alley is a jazz supper club in Georgetown. It's intimate,
and all the headliners go there. It's been there forever. You can
also go to Nathan's in Georgetown for a drink. It's at the
crossroads of M Street and Wisconsin, so it's in the heart of the
action. It's run by a woman named Carol Joynt, a longtime CNN
reporter and producer, so a lot of people hang out there."
"When I had my first job on Capitol Hill back in the early 1980s, I
would go to the Eastern Market. It's about seven blocks south of
the Capitol. It's a farmer's market, a great big old warehouse with
butchers and cheese makers and people coming to set up their stalls
with produce. In the back corner, there's a breakfast bar. You just
walk up, get a paper plate, and they have the best homemade
pancakes and sausage, egg, and cheese sandwiches on homemade bread.
It's probably been there 30 or 40 years. It's real down-home. For a
Tex-Mex brunch, go to Austin Grill. They have great migas and fresh
tortillas. Especially now, it's great because it will make you feel
like you're in the president's home state of Texas. It's straight
out of Austin."