- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

So no more prime steak, loaded potato and wedge salad with blue cheese dressing - while the policy talk rages at some back table? Some say the nation’s capital is pulling back from its culinary traditions.

“Washington, D.C.’s food scene has transformed from a place known for its power lunches to a four-course foodie destination,” notes Livability.com, a lifestyle site that placed the political hub in the top-10 list of “Foodie Cities” that feature organic local produce and artisanal everything - right along with Boulder, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Yes, well. We’ll believe this when we see it.

The Palm, long a traditional eatery for the big shots on both sides of the aisle, still faithfully offers its “Three-Course Power Lunch” while The Monocle, located near the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol, is still very much the source of crab cakes, calves liver and short ribs. Yes, all for lunch.

“Most people compare school systems, parks and shopping centers when choosing the best place to live. Foodies, on the other hand, follow their taste buds,” Livability explains.

“Food lovers are more interested in the caliber of a community’s restaurants, culinary skills of local chefs and whether they’ll be able to find the ingredients needed to assemble a gourmet meal at home.”

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