The city’s most influential women share their go-to spots for working lunches.
A Quiet Table
La Tomate’s signature pasta dish features shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, shallots, and garlic.
As the founder of Kimball Stroud & Associates, DC powerhouse Kimball Stroud is constantly fundraising and planning top-tier galas for high-profile politicos and nonprofits. When she needs to get business done over a light lunch, she heads across the street to Dupont Circlefavorite La Tomate (1701 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-667-5505). “They have great service, and it’s quiet,” she says. “You need a place where you can hear people talk.” Her classic order is “the best shrimp Caesar salad in town”—hold the croutons, please—with an iced tea. If the weather cooperates, she opts for a seat on the terrace, so she can get in some people watching while she dines.
A Lunch with a View
Located on Georgetown’s waterfront, Fiola Mare changes its menu daily to include fresh and seasonal ingredients, such as Nantucket bay scallops (shown).
Eun Yang, an NBC4 morning news anchor, gets to work at 3 am, so by lunchtime she’s ready to go home. Plus, she’s famished. If she’s in the mood to splurge, chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola Mare (3050 K St. NW, 202-628-0065) on the Georgetown waterfront tops her list. “The food is delicious, and you can’t beat the view,” says the stylish newscaster, who prefers a table along the floor-toceiling windows overlooking the Potomac and The Kennedy Center. Yang tries to eat healthily during the week, so she usually eschews pasta and focuses on the hyper-fresh seafood and attractively arranged salads.
Entertain in Style
Business and pleasure: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse features a lively bar and a more private second floor.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (950 I St. NW, Ste. 501, 202-289-0201) in the chic CityCenterDC is the go-to power-lunch spot for Mary Streett, vice president of US Government Affairs for BP America. She likes entertaining guests in a booth on the more private second floor, which has a vantage of New York Avenue’s bustling scene. “It’s a great environment for when you want to impress people from out of town or when you need to have a tough conversation,” she says. Most days the dynamic exec sticks to the satiating salads, but she orders the plump crab cakes when she wants to treat herself.