Norman Rockwell paintings and informational food posters hang in the central stairwell at America Eats Tavern in Penn Quarter. (By Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

Jose Andres’s ambitious new restaurant, which opened to coincide with “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” ,an exhibit at the National Archives, is a look back at American culinary history that offers new takes on American classics and celebrates our native ingredients. The restaurant is the subject of Tom Sietsema’s dining column this week, and the Washington Post food critic was pleased with Andres’s most recent Washington establishment, awarding America Eats Tavern a commendable two-and-a-half stars. Scott Suchman was the man behind the camera, and fair warning: these photos should not be viewed on an empty stomach.

Mock Turtle Soup at America Eats Tavern is inspired by a recipe from the first American cookbook, which was published in 1796. (By Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

A deconstructed Key Lime Pie is evidence that the chef’s modernist tendencies are still in play. (By Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

Paintings and photographs aren’t the only nod to history, even the menu items contain anecdotes and snippets of historical background. (By Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)