Just like Nick Naylor and the Merchants of Death in Thank You For Smoking, lobbyists, top staffers, and other DC deal bots have their go-to spots for power lunches in Washington. Here are our favorite places to close a deal over lunch in DC:
Art & Soul - 415 New Jersey Avenue NW
This restaurant is right on Capitol Hill, and the food is served up by the legendary Art Smith.
BLT Steak - 1625 I Street NW
BLT Steak is a skip away from K Street, aka, near a lot of lobbyists. The food is also ridiculously good.
Cafe Milano - 3251 Prospect Street NW
This famous Italian eatery is located in the heart of Georgetown, and is probably the most social spot on this list. Sure, there are a lot of power lunches here, but there are more see-and-be-seen-types dining here for lunch.
Capital Grill - 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Lots of people consider this a power lunch spot, but many say it's actually better for power dinners.
Capitol Hill Club - 301 S Street SE
This club is behind the Longworth and Cannon House Office Buildings, making it convenient for people with meetings on the hill.
Charlie Palmer's Steak House - 101 Constitution Avenue NW
This power lunch spot is on Capitol Hill and boasts amazing views of the Capital building and monuments.
Dirksen North Servery - Dirksen Senate Office Building
This is the cafeteria in the Dirksen building. It's not exactly glamorous, but it is the favorite cafeteria on the hill for many staffers and elected officials.
Johnny's Half Shell - 400 N Capital Street
This delicious seafood restaurant is on Capitol Hill, and is frequented by the political elites all the time.
Kafe Leopold - 3315 M Street NW
This place is more of an insider lunch spot, since it's hard to find in the depths of Georgetown's Cady's Alley. We spotted Alex Ovechkin lunching here just before the NHL lockout.
Sidecar at P.J. Clarke's - 1600 K Street NW
While P.J. Clarke's is a power lunch spot in and of itself, the basement is now members-only for Washington VIPs that need to discuss their deals in private.
The Monocle - 107 D Street NE
This restaurant is on Capitol Hill, but some would say this place is on the out. Monocle's heyday was when then-senators Dodd and Kennedy shared some woman upstairs in the private room. Typical Washington.
The Palm - 1225 19th Street NW
DC's Palm is just two blocks from Dupont Circle, making it a must-dine spot for Dupont deal-slingers.