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This Is the Only DC Restaurant Donald Trump Visited During His Presidency

Hint: It was in a hotel.

The restaurant scene in Washington, D.C. is rife with presidential tradition. Some establishments are considered to be standard-bearers when it comes to feeding presidents, like the Old Ebbitt Grill, which is located a block from the White House and has hosted everyone from Ulysses S. Grant to Theodore Roosevelt. Then, there are the hip, new restaurants, like Georgia Brown's, where the Obamas were known to eat out on date night.

Former President Trump, however, was perhaps the first president who didn't explore the vibrant culinary scene of his adopted hometown. According to the Washingtonian, Trump only visited one DC restaurant during his four years in office: BLT Prime, the steakhouse at his Pennsylvania Avenue hotel.

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According to the magazine, Trump would always order the same thing: Shrimp cocktail, fries, and a well-done steak.

But, he did seem open to venturing outside of his own hotel to dine, at least at one point. In a radio interview from 2017, he said that he was looking forward to branching out and trying some of the local restaurant offerings.

"In Washington, you do have some great restaurants, and I'm going to start going to them," Trump said to the Larry O'Connor Show. "Well, when I leave the White House, which is seldom, I always go to my hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, and they say, 'He should go to other places.' And I never thought of it. And I'm going to start doing that. I'm going to go around."

That said, it doesn't seem like his plan ever came to fruition (and it should be noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has also made it much more difficult to dine out in 2020). On the other hand, the former president's love of fast-food was much better documented than his affinity for any of the local restaurants. There was the famous White House reception for the Clemson Tigers football team catered by McDonald's, and Trump himself had been known to send out for some burgers and milkshakes.

With his presidential run now over, the 45th president may have missed his chance to dine in the footsteps of the political elite.

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Mura Dominko
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