Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Old Ebbitt Grill

The Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington’s oldest, most historic saloon, was founded in 1856. Today the Victorian interior evokes Washington saloons at the turn of the century. Boasting beautiful Victorian décor from antique furniture to classic paintings, this restaurant is a classic symbol of the city and has fed many presidents and politicians over the years.
The antique clock over the revolving door at the entrance is an heirloom from the previous location, and the marble staircase with an iron-spindled rail was salvaged from the old National Metropolitan Bank next door. Closest Metro is Union Station.

Bought out by Clyde’s in the early 1980s, the restaurant is famous for its fresh ingredients and classic recipes. In August 2008, I went for the first time for breakfast with some co-workers, and really enjoyed the classy atmosphere. It was so great we keep coming back for other office going away events. I definitely want to come back for lunch and/or dinner. I hear the oyster bar is pretty famous, but I am still too scared to try those little guys! Maybe Keith will like it though.

UPDATE:  The breakfast menu featured some new items this go-around, such as the Greek yogurt with fruit and a Baked Apple French Toast that looked very decadent and was a hit with my colleagues who ordered it.  The prices have increased, so I've altered the rating score but the service was still very prompt and friendly.  Apparently, we just missed a famous celebrity sighting - but the room was still a-buzz.  The "LTD" potatoes were perfectly crisp and salty. Again, I need to return for dinner service some day.

Total Rating: 4.6
Food: 5, Price: 3, Service: 5, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 5
What Micky Eats...

What I ate:



All American Breakfast
two eggs scrambled, “LTD” potatoes, whole wheat toast,
side of fruit and orange juice

Buttermilk Pancakes
3 pancakes served with maple syrup and slice ham


Frittata
Open-faced omelette topped with mushrooms, onions diced tomatoes,
Cheddar cheese, served in an iron skillet with home fries and whole wheat toast


Omelette
three egg omelette filled with ham and Swiss cheese.
Served with home fries and whole wheat toast



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