When you’re planning a power lunch — that uniquely D.C. activity known to high-powered travelers (and presidents) as a business meeting with a few extra bites — where do you go?
According to a recent list by Forbes, it’s the The Palm. The Dupont Circle eatery opened in 1972, the much-younger sibling of the Manhattan Palm, which first opened its doors in 1926 as a local spaghetti joint. The Palm features thick-cut steaks, jumbo crab cakes and five-pound lobsters.
According to Forbes: “The Palm is synonymous with power lunching in D.C. for good reason — the Dupont Circle steakhouse has lured in every president from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, and continues to pack in scores of lobbyists, lawyers and politicians every day around 12:30 p.m.”
But as you would expect, documentation of the D.C. power lunch is long and varied. For instance, the Palm didn’t show up on Zagat’s annual power lunch list last year — Central Michel Richard and Charlie Palmer were among those eateries that made the cut instead. And according to our food critic Tom Sietsema, these other power lunch spots may provide a better dining experience for the money: Bombay Club, J&G Steakhouse, Kellari Taverna, The Oval Room and Ristorante Tosca.
If, like me, your power lunch is more Pret a Manger than Palm, feast your eyes on the 40 affordable eats every Washingtonian must try: