President Obama’s Long Lost Restaurant Review

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If the whole politics thing hadn’t worked out for President Obama, we’re convinced that he just might have had a future in food criticism. Granted, our sole evidence is a grainy video clip from 2001, when the then Illinois State Senator appeared on a local roundtable restaurant review show called Check, Please!

A thousand thanks to the Reddit user who unearthed this blast from the past, which features our commander in chief waxing poetic about the liberal (har, har) portions and excellent value at Dixie Kitchen, a now-shuttered restaurant on the South Side of Chicago. (The eatery lives on at two other Chicago-area outposts.)

"It’s not gourmet cuisine, but that’s not why I go to Dixie Kitchen," President Obama says knowingly. "Those johnnycakes, they’ll get you early, and you won’t have room for the peach cobbler." 

Take notes, White House chef Cristeta Comerford.

[Via Grub Street]

More Presidential fare:
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Obama’s Wine Choices Were Just Fine, Thanks
The White House Wants Your Healthy Recipe

Ever eaten at Dixie Kitchen? Let us know if President Obama’s comments were on point!