Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating take us on our annual trip to Washington DC and to Old Ebbitt Grill located near the White House. 

Decorated for the holidays


Legend has it that Old Ebbitt Grill, founded in 1856, is the oldest saloon in DC. Presidents such as Grant, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Harding visited this saloon. Dora here. We didn’t recognize anybody during this visit. Bummer. 

Having eaten a later breakfast, I chose the Oyster stew, full of huge fried oysters, Andouille sausage, and Swiss chard. This stew was outstanding! The creamy broth had a little bite from the Andouille sausage and blended great with the smoky paprika. The best part of this stew was the perfectly fried oysters. They fry the oysters separately then add the broth at the end so that the oysters don’t get soggy. 

Oyster stew

Dora here. I went with the French Dip. Roast beef, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese on a baguette with a side of beef broth for dipping. I’m not a big fan of arugula, so that was just garnish for me, but the sandwich? Yum! Tender beef, cheesy, and the bread ratio was perfect. The service was impeccable. Get there early, though. When we left, the reception area was packed.

French Dip

What’s the most famous restaurant you’ve visited? Any celebrity sightings while dining?


We rate this restaurant 5 forks out of five for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food.


Old Ebbitt Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

6 thoughts on “Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

  1. A few miles away from Old Ebbitt's is Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria. Some sort of famous people ate there too: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison & James Monroe. The “good” politicians… Food is not as good as Old Ebbitt's (understatement) but its one of those “I have been there” places. Old Ebbitt's has it all (history, atmosphere AND decent food).

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