Truffle mac and cheese from Bourbon Steak

  Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-944-2026;

Who Goes: Politicos, überlobbyists, the “beautiful people”

Where to Sit: Booth 105 if you want to be hidden, booth 133 if you want to be seen

The Vibe: Modern-day steakhouse with luxe trimmings, loads of flattering natural light and a swank Four Seasons address. Try not to fill up on the out-of-this-world truffle-rubbed rolls with fleur de sel.

Star Power: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Jon Hamm, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Matthews

CF Folks
1225 19th St. NW, 202-293-0162;

Who Goes: Legit journalists, highranking policy wonks, oldschool movers and shakers

Where to Sit: Counter stools 4 to 7

The Vibe: Hole-in-the-wall lunch-only joint, known for good food, interesting conversation and ornery owner Art Carlson. Regulars know better than to skip the daily specials. The hand-cut fries are among the best in town.

Star Power: We were too afraid to ask Art.

1789 Restaurant
1226 36th St. NW, 202-965-1789;

Who Goes: Legal eagles, Georgetown stalwarts, professionals, White House types

Where to Sit: Corner tables in all of the dining rooms

The Vibe: Very traditional Washington, with antique finishes and romantic “country inn” décor. Perfect for power couplings, closing the deal or celebrating a special occasion

Star Power: Bill and Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, Caroline Kennedy, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

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