The DC feel of Old Ebbitt Grill

Photo: Leonardo Navarro.

In the shadow of the U.S. Department of Treasury, the only Cabinet Department that shares grounds with the White House, rests Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington D.C.’s elegant standard. Despite its three bars and patrons in the hundreds, the place still manages to feel genuinely intimate. Maybe it’s the soft carpets, or the wood paneling, or the maitre ‘d, Tommy, who checks in tableside to ensure that your martini is crisp. The Shrimp Scampi appetizer is an unexpected treat. A certain White House Correspondent swears by the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. But the real zest of this place is a classic charm that makes you feel like you are living DC.

  After lunch and a White House Tour, drop in for a Mint Julep at the Round Robin Bar of the Willard Hotel, just one block away. It was at this very bar that Senator Henry Clay introduced this southern concoction to the nation’s capital.

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

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Correspondent:Matthew Axelrod

Originally from New Jersey, Matt first moved to Cairo to serve in the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy. He returned a few years later to live on his own as a researcher. While there, he loved hosting his friends and showing them the Cairo not found in tourist books – the best kebab shops, pigeon restaurants, and “stella bars”. Since then, he has always wished for a guide book that would just tell him the best few places to eat and visit in every city. Matt has traveled around the Middle East/North Africa, East Asia, and Russia – he has yet to see Europe, really, and looks forward to very soon. He is currently based in Washington, D.C.

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