Occidental

1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington

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Written By VAMONDE Washington D.C.

The Occidental

The Occidental was built in 1906 by Henry Willard. The Occidental quickly became an incredible success and one of the best places to people-watch in the city. Early luminaries at the restaurant included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Robert Frost, and Calvin Coolidge. The Occidental quickly developed a reputation as the place where statesmen and sports heroes dine.

The Occidental was given a $2 million renovation in 2007 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The menu was revamped, and modern touches were added to the classic recipes. In many ways, it is fitting that such a classic American institution has a great version of another classic American institution. The burger at Occidental is seared on the grill and topped with applewood-smoked bacon strips, white cheddar, and red-onion marmalade for a hint of sweet, all on a brioche bun. Another dish that is classic Washington D.C. is the jumbo lump crab cake, the most popular dish on the menu. Everyone in the city has a crab cake, but at The Occidental, the fresh crab is combined with pumpernickel panzanella, served with avocado mousse, toasted almonds, and pink peppercorns, and lightly dressed with a pink grapefruit vinaigrette. The jumbo bacon-wrapped sea scallops with black mission figs, summer lettuce, sunchoke puree, and a pomegranate reduction are another great way to enjoy the cities proximity to fresh seafood. For dessert, the simple local honey creme brulee is a great way to put an exclamation point on a special meal.

Hot spots come in go in a city with as much change as Washington D.C., which makes Occidental Grill's longevity even more impressive. It is a classic and still a preferred spot for writers, dignitaries, sports stars, and presidents.

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