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Spike Mendelsohn Is Still on the First Lady’s A-List Despite His Recent Legal Woes


If Spike Mendelsohn had ever wondered whether his recent run-in with the law had put him in dutch with Michelle Obama, a documented fan of his burgers, then the First Lady answered it today when she revisited Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill.

Obama Foodorama, Eddie Gehman Kohan's indefatigable blog, reported that the First Lady made a return appearance to Good Stuff today, along with daughters Sasha and Malia and some White House staffers. It was Michelle Obama's first public tasting of Good Stuff burgers since news broke in late May that Mendelsohn, along with business partner/roommate Mike Colletti, had been evicted from a Capitol Hill property for failure to pay more than $8,000 in rent and penalties.

The First Lady had previously hit up Good Stuff in early May, shortly before the eviction.

But perhaps Mendelsohn's moves to make restitution were enough for the First Lady? Or maybe Michelle Obama feels some loyalty to Good Stuff because, as Obama Foodorama reported, Mendelsohn has been keeping the President stuffed with a steady supply of burgers?

Noted Ob Fo:

As Ob Fo noted during Mrs. Obama's last Good Stuff visit, Spike is no stranger to the White House. He was one of the guest chefs who demonstrated healthy cooking in the Kids Kitchen at the 2009 Easter Egg Roll. He also told Ob Fo that he's been making "secret burgers" for President Obama since Janauary; the President has been known to send Secret Service dudes over for a cheeseburger when he can't get out of the (Oval) office. Spike said he always keeps a fresh head of broccoli in his cooler, because it's not regularly on the menu, and President Obama likes his burger with a side of steamed broccoli.

  • Jon

    Why anyone thinks Mendelsohn's burgers are anything more than just slightly above average is beyond me. Between Michelle's love for these patties and and Barrack's choice of Bud Light for the "Beer Summit," one wonders if there is any (culinary) taste at the White House at all.

  • meatlessmeatloaf

    I dont know if it's the alcohol or not, but I've been staring at Spike's haircut for a couple minutes.

    The toasted marshmallow shake is deliciously gluttonous.

  • dc foodie

    Loved the burgers (but still would rather go to Ray's the Hell Burger) and hated the marshmallow shake. A useless intake of calories. Sure it was tasty but the texture was wayyyyy off and it had too much air. IMHO, of course.

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