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Presidential Hot Spots in Alexandria

With hundreds of independent restaurants in an unforgettable historic atmosphere, it's easy to see why presidents and first families have frequented Alexandria eateries for decades. Here are just some of the presidential sightings: 

Barack Obama and the First Family

  • Vermilion: President Obama and First Lady Michelle delighted in a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.
  • The Dairy Godmother: A Father's Day treat for President Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia.
  • Del Ray Pizzeria: Featuring presidential pies enjoyed by Barack Obama.
  • The Majestic: First Lady Michelle and the girls celebrated Michelle's mother's birthday.
  • Union Street Public House: Enjoyed by First Lady Michelle and daughter Malia.
  • Restaurant Eve (now closed): President Obama and First Lady Michelle celebrated their anniversary in style. 
  • FireFlies Bar & Restaurant (now closed): After receiving an invite to try the "best burger in town" from the owner, President Obama stopped by for lunch with his secretary of education, Arne Duncan.

Ronald Reagan and Laura Bush

• Ireland's Own (now closed): Surprise visit by Ronald Reagan on St. Patrick's Day 1988. The restaurant features photos of Reagan, the original table where he dined and a bust of the president.
 Jackson 20: Laura Bush dined here during her husband's presidency. This tavern was named for President Andrew Jackson and his picture on the $20 bill. 

George Washington and Early Presidents

• Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant: Favorite of George Washington and host to all of the first five U.S. presidents. 
• Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant: Adjacent to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens.