Wednesday, May 16, 2007

What-Washington-Eats Wednesdays: Fred Thompson

Republicans are red-meat eaters and Fred Thompson is apparently no exception...kinda. When asked about his favorite food to cook, his response: “Democrat’s head.” I guess that would make him a blue-meat eater. At any rate, Freddy may have very well frequented Capital Grille when he was the Senator from Tennessee. CG is a serious meat place. Paneled walls, club-like (as in cigars and high-armed leather chairs--not glow sticks and white pants) atmosphere, incredibly rich dry-aged beef, and an impressive selection of over 400 wine offerings make this a big daddy sort of establishment. And Mr. Thompson is quintessentially big-daddy. As an actor he always played authoritative figures: a White House chief of staff, a director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a highly placed F.B.I. agent, a rear admiral, even a senator.

Here's what CityGuide has to say about the "bastion of beef":

Capitol Hill types flock to this bastion of beef, even those who prefer seafood or veggies. So do locals celebrating big events and tourists in the know. Slabs of beef satisfy the biggest carnivore, as do lamb and veal chops. But succulent salmon and luscious lobster fill a seafood need. Vegetarians in tow can dine nicely on massive baked potatoes, salads and sides. Martini seekers love the "create your own" bar, and the wine list -- more than 300 strong with many by the glass -- pleases the fussiest wine critic. Service is warm without being gushy.

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