DC's Top Business Deal Restaurants
Truffle mac and cheese from Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-944-2026; bourbonsteakdc.com
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
1225 19th St. NW, 202-293-0162; cffolksrestaurant.com
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.
1226 36th St. NW, 202-965-1789; 1789restaurant.com
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
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.