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Dear President Obama: You're in Hollywood Sunday; Let's Do Lunch

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Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen
Mr. President, you will love Martorano's. The owner, Steve Martorano, was a guy from south Jersey and Philadelphia who had a dream. He started a sandwich shop in his basement and turned it into an empire. The food is pure Jersey Italian, rich, red sauces, fresh steamed clams, and giant meatballs. Plus -- since you've been known to cut a rug, you'll appreciate that Martorano also serves as his own DJ, spinning the hits so you can work off your meal before jumping back into Air Force One.

Le Tub
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King love the burgers at Le Tub. You remember Oprah -- one of the country's most powerful women and a huge supporter of yours? Yup -- that Oprah. Basically a shack on the water, Le Tub isn't the prettiest restaurant. It's decorative style could be chic. But, this is where the 47 percenters go for a fantastic burger and a pitcher of beer. Hard-working blue-collar people who depend on you to do right by them. So let's hang out and hoist a few while watching the one percent go by on their yachts. It's what real people do on a Sunday.

Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor
I know you're a busy man, what with the campaign and a major natural disaster. Plus you're the father of two young girls (and someone's got to walk the dog). So, if you don't have time for a long lunch, I'll understand. But everyone's got time for ice cream! Jaxson's is an institution in these parts. Opened in 1956, this old-fashioned ice cream parlor is a place where families can go for good, all-American treats. I suggest a pina colada cone to remind you of your childhood in Hawaii. Then you can bring home a few pints of fresh banana and fresh peach for Melia and Sasha.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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