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June 29, 2011

Washington, D.C.: America Eats Tavern

By Departures Dispatch | Dining


Fresh off his win for Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Awards, D.C.-based chef José Andrés is temporarily transforming his Penn Quarter restaurant Café Atlántico into America Eats Tavern, an extension of the nearby National Archives' exhibit "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government's Effect on the American Diet." Opening July 4, the pop-up eatery will serve an extensively researched menu influenced by current and long forgotten American dishes like burgoo, oysters Rockefeller, Waldorf salad, bison steak and strawberry shortcake. The dishes are also part history lesson, accompanied by an explanation of the origin of New England clam chowder and the introduction of grapefruit to the U.S. A casual tavern menu will be featured on the ground floor, while Andrés will serve more fine dining options on the second and third levels. The menu will be available until the National Archives exhibit closes in January, at which point Café Atlántico will find a new home and Andrés will use the space for his next phase. At 405 8th St. NW; 202-393-0812; americaeatstavern.com.

Photo Courtesy Greg Powers