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Scion Restaurant Experiences The Obama Bump

President Barack Obama made his umpteenth appearance at a D.C.-area restaurant on Friday. This time, he dined with campaign donors at Scion in Dupont Circle. Eater DC calls the location "an interesting choice" for the president, considering the restaurant  is perhaps best known for its impressive beer list. It's also one of four venues in the District that allow patrons to pour their own brews from fancy table taps. (Y&H previously chatted with co-owner Joanne Liu about the self-serve suds last spring.) ABC News offers some details on the lunchtime conversation. But not a word about what the commander-in-chief and company had to eat. If I were him, I'd order the lobster reuben (pictured). I presume he didn't pour his own beer. Self-service, after all, isn't exactly presidential.

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  • Else iver

    Omg. The food at scion is soo bad. It's such a mediocre place. Can't believe you could get lunch with the pres and not get to go to a decent restaurant. Neighbors have complained to the "immigrant owners" about their piles of trash out back and contributing to the rodent problem in the neighborhood.

  • Jane

    Scion, really? Half the food at Scion is pretty decent and the other half is inedible. He must owe somebody a favor or been in need of a local photo op because nobody would go there for the food.

  • Alex

    Obviously the previous people had the wrong things, but scion has great food, every time I've been there it's been great service and great food, plus a great bear selection

  • Alex

    Obviously the previous people had the wrong things, but scion has great food, every time I've been there it's been great service and great food, plus a great beer selection

  • Mike S.

    Wonderful place, especially for a weekend brunch. Yep, the lobster reuben is the best choice, but the burger is outstanding. And the fresh fruit buffet is a great touch, especially if they're slammed and you have to wait for your brunch entree.

    And Joanne is absolutely gold when it comes to the neighborhood. She has opened her place to many neighborhood organizations for meetings, fund-raising events, and the like. Her close relationship with Dupont Circle Village - our local seniors aging-in-place group - exemplifies all this.

    The fact that Joanne Liu has taken over a site where so many others before her have failed - and she has succeeded - says more about her than the sour grapes of the first commenter.

    Dupont is lucky to have some wonderful independent restaurants with owners who care about our neighborhood. Joanne is certainly at or near the top of the list.

  • DupontDude

    Can we stop calling him the "Commander-in-Chief" unless we're talking about his military role? It makes America sound like its run by some military junta.

    He ain't my commander. Free citizens do not have "commanders" over them.

  • P

    Scions food is mediocre at best - have the above commenters really had food there? The place has a complete identity crisis and awful decor. Im sure the prez could have done better.

  • Grover

    Scion has great food (from the burgers to the more original stuff), good beer selection, and the service is usually some of the best you'll find in DC. It's just a nice place. Else iver and Jane = Debbie Downers.

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