Where to go looking for the movers and shakers

May 13, 1994|By Mary Corey

Here are some Washington hot spots and hangouts of Clinton officials and staffers:

Restaurants

Georgia Brown's, 950 15th St. N.W., on McPherson Square. (202) 393-4499. Open less than a year, this Southern-style restaurant has become a favorite with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary. Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan is even rumored to have given the restaurant staff some tips on cooking collard greens.

The Jefferson, 16th and M streets N.W. (202) 347-2200. Will Greenwood, former Baltimorean and runner-up for the White House chef's job, has been known to wow the likes of Attorney General Janet Reno and Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala with his crab and lobster cakes in this clubby restaurant just four blocks from the White House.

The Lafayette, Hay-Adams Hotel, 1 Lafayette Square, N.W., at 16th and H streets. (202) 638-6600. Communications director George Stephanopoulos turns up at least once a week in this stately dining room that overlooks the White House. Executive Chef Patrick Clark also was tapped to cook in the White House kitchen but opted to stay here instead.

Palm Restaurant, 1225 19th St. N.W. (202) 293-9091. Look for Clinton adviser James Carville and his wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, tucked away in a booth at this New York-style steakhouse festooned with caricatures of famous -Z regulars. Tipper Gore and her staff also chose this spot to celebrate the administration's 1-year anniversary.

Red Sage, 605 14th St. N.W. (202) 638-4444. In one of his first public forays, President Clinton took Hillary here for Valentine's Day last year. Since then, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros and a slew of cabinet members have flocked to Mark Miller's fanciful Southwestern restaurant. Budget-conscious young staffers are said to prefer the bar.

Restaurant Nora, 2132 Florida Ave. N.W. (202) 462-5143. White House chef Walter Scheib recently paid his respects to Nora Pouillon, chef-partner of this restaurant and City Cafe. Mrs. Clinton is said to be such a fan that Ms. Pouillon will be consulting in the White House kitchen.

Seasons, Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. (202) 342-0444. One of the city's most popular power breakfast spots, the restaurant recently changed its image to keep up with current Washington trends. Gone is the fussy French decor and name (Aux Beaux Champs); everything's now contemporary American.

Sequoia, 3000 K St. N.W. (202) 944-4200. This restaurant, overlooking the Potomac, has become a clear favorite with the Clintons. The first family has dined here three times, most recently for Easter brunch. (Mr. Clinton had scrambled eggs with salmon; Mrs. Clinton and Chelsea had sourdough french toast.)

White House Mess, White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It used to be that only senior staffers could lunch in this wood-paneled, basement dining room. But President Clinton removed that restriction, and in this workaholic administration the Mess, which is run by the Navy, is the place to eat.

Clubs

Andalusian Dog, 1344 U St. N.W. (202) 986-6364. Decorated in a Salvador Dali motif, this bar-restaurant with live music and dancing is a hangout for young Clinton workers who live nearby.

The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. N.W. (202) 785-2333. It's an eclectic crowd including lawyers, activists and bicycle couriers at this bar which opened around the time of the inaugural. The 100-CD jukebox features everything from Glenn Miller to Fugazi, Washington's hot local alternative group.

Black Cat, 1831 14th St. N.W. (202) 667-7960. An undiscovered spot, this 8-month-old club has live music on one side and a smaller bar with pool tables, a CD jukebox and pinball machines on the other.

Brickskeller, 1523 22nd St. N.W. (202) 293-1885. A saloon in Dupont Circle with 600 kinds of beer, the Brickskeller attracts an after-work crowd of young Clinton staffers known to graze on ales and stouts. To look cool, order a microbrew. Whatever you do, don't ask for Miller Lite.

Cafe Lautrec, 2431 18th St. N.W. (202) 265-6436. This sidewalk cafe is known for its live jazz and French Provencal menu. One other attraction: George Stephanopoulos lives only blocks away.

Chief Ike's Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road N.W. (202) 332-2211. After an initial flurry of publicity, some Clinton types have proclaimed this nightspot "too touristy." But Chief Ike's -- with its Eisenhower motif -- is still one of the places to cut loose, particularly if Stella Neptune, the gold-brassiered disc jockey, happens to be spinning funk and disco tunes.

Millie & Al's, 2440 18th St. N.W. (202) 387-8131. A long-time Adams Morgan hangout, this neighborhood bar is known for its pizza, beer and jukebox.

Perry's, 1811 Columbia Road N.W. (202) 234-6218. At Perry's, staffers eat sushi and relax on the rooftop deck. Another reason to go: Where else in town can you see chandeliers made of pig intestines?

State of the Union, 1357 U. St. N.W. (202) 588-8810. Clintonites find perestroika at this bar-restaurant with a Russian-American theme. A diverse crowd turns up for the jazz, hip-hop and house music.

Zig-Zag Cafe, 1524 U St. N.W. (202) 986-5949. After a long day at the office, Clintonites sometimes drop by this kitschy coffeehouse for cafe latte and cappuccino. The apple-cherry cobbler pie's not bad, either.

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