|Lots of tourists and police milling around in front of the White House|
|One of the bars at the Old Ebbitt Grill|
There's lots of auxiliary police cars and security staff on hand around the area, though everyone there just wants a photo. Across the street is a lone protester who has lived in her tent there, protesting everyday for many years. She is calling for the end of nuclear weapons, but even though curious tourists visit her and see what she's protesting about, it doesn't seem like any of the presidents have listened to her.
|The signature crab cakes on a bed of corn and tomato|
Once you walk in, it's very old school, with dark wood wall panelling, brass railings along the bar, red, white and blue-striped fabric draped around the dining area that is sectioned off for private conversation. The booth next to us seemed to be filled with lobbyists so we were in good company.
|The hearty Reuben sandwich with pickles and fruit|
We also had the Reuben, an extremely large rye bread sandwich filled with corned beef and sauerkraut, with pickles and fresh fruit on the side, the Italian sausage linguine and a trio of large shrimp tacos. We even got refills on our lemonade and coffee so by the end of the American-sized lunch, we were too full to even entertain dessert.
Service was great -- many tourists come here, and so the waiters are patient and are pleased to explain the history of the place. Hope to come back again and hang out in this power-broking restaurant.
675 15th Street NW
(202) 347 4800
(202) 347 4800