Where to Eat in Washington, D.C. During the Inauguration

The best lunch and dinner options in the nation’s capital


Didn't score a ticket to President Barack Obama’s inaugural luncheon or one of the glitzy inaugural balls? After a morning spent standing in the cold watching President Obama’s inauguration and the post-swearing in parade, head indoors for lunch or dinner at one of D.C.’s best restaurants.

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From casual, inexpensive chili cheese dogs at President Obama’s favorite Ben's Chili Bowl to José Andrés’ imaginative multicourse, progressive tasting menu of diminutive single-, two-, and three-bite dishes at minibar, there is something to please everyone in the nation’s capital.

If the thought of jostling for a reservation or waiting at one of these dining hot spots does not appeal to you, consider a roadside feast at one of D.C.’s top food trucks. No matter where you decide to nosh in the nation’s capital, you’re sure to find a feast that rivals what Obama is eating on Inauguration Day — after all, he’s been known to dine at several of these spots including Ben’s Chili Bowl and Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt.

Former Eat/Dine Editors Molly Aronica (@mollyaronica) and Zachary Feldman (@zachats) contributed to this story.


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