Sunday, May 03, 2009

The President And First Lady Have Their First Presidential Date Night At DC's Citronelle

The President and First Lady visited Michel Richard's Citronelle tonight, a Georgetown eatery that commingles fine French and American cuisine. The restaurant uses locally sourced and organically farmed ingredients and has been described by gushing foodie critics as "a culinary mecca," and "one of the top restaurants in the world." It's won many awards, and Chef Michel Richard has personally won just about every laud in existence, minus the Nobel Peace Prize, for his many decades of kitchen genius (above: Most media coverage occurred post-date, and FLOTUS and POTUS stroll the White House grounds after their dinner).

The dinner menu: Both the First Lady and the President ordered martinis, and they started with a shared tuna niçoise. The First Lady ordered the lobster burger, which is topped with crumbled potato chips, and the President ordered the braised Short Ribs. They were presented with a variety of desserts, and shared a Napoleon.

Chef Richard was unaware that the First Couple was showing up for dinner, according to the Washingtonian's Best Bites blog; the reservation was made for Social Secretary Desirée Rogers, and Richard found out an hour before service began. The Obamas were seated in a semi-private dining room.

A mob of onlookers gathered outside the restaurant, trying to see the First Couple, and one overly-enthusiastic fan shouted "welcoming" sentiments through a bullhorn....