Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DC Spotlight: Lunch at the White House Navy Mess

Because I do not travel as often as I like, I will from time to time use the blog page of this website to highlight one of my favorite places included on the Washington, DC Restaurants page.  But for my first post in this spotlight series, I begin with a venue that actually does not appear on that page, because it is not a restaurant that is open to the public (and do not be fooled by this official-looking parody website). 

To dine at the real White House, you must be invited by one of the special, high-ranking White House officials who has dining privileges at the Navy Mess.  I was honored to be invited by a family friend last December, and was thrilled to learn that the same chefs who cater to the leader of the free world also cater to vegetarians!

Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of my meal because taking pictures did not seem allowed or even appropriate, but I have copied below the official White House photograph of the dining room.

The Navy Mess at the White House, June 25, 2009
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
I do, however, have pictures of the menu, which they let you keep as a souvenir, along with two boxes of presidential M&Ms!

As you can see, there were several vegetarian options, including a clearly-marked vegetarian special of the day.  I ordered the black bean veggie burger (which does not appear on this page of the menu) with sweet potato fries, and it was absolutely delicious.

As you can imagine, a power lunch in DC doesn't get any better than this.  If you know someone who works at the White House, or you know someone who knows someone who knows someone, try to score an invitation.  Trust me, it will be an experience that you will never forget!