As legend goes, Old Ebbitt Grill was founded in 1856 when innkeeper William E. Ebbitt bought a boarding house that became D.C.’s first saloon, a place that people like President McKinley, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt frequented. Over the years, the saloon moved around a bit, landing just outside of downtown and right near the White House in 1983, where it is today. The expansive Victorian interior (there are four different full-service bars) is still decorated with some original fixtures (like an antique clock hanging over Ebbitt’s revolving door), as well as updates (like the reinvented mahogany “Old Bar,” marble stairs, and gas chandelier). Ebbitt’s serves breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner. Their produce comes from local farms and the menu is a good mix of meat and seafood, pasta dishes and entrée-worthy salads—plus they have a kids line-up.

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