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Obama Lunches at Good Stuff Eatery for Birthday

President Barack Obama took his staff to Good Stuff Eatery for a prebirthday lunch celebration after debt negotiations were finished.

According to NBC's Washington bureau,  President Obama, who turns 50 tomorrow, waited at the counter like every other patron. When it came time to settle the tab, he not only paid for his party but for a random woman waiting in line next to him.

The birthday group included Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew,

Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs Rob

Nabors, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy

Nancy Ann DeParle, Chief of Staff to the Vice President Bruce Reed, and

Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling.


The group dined at Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn's Good

Stuff Eatery, which has several Obamacentric items on the menu, like

the Obama Burger (a beef burger topped with horseradish mayo, red onion

marmalade, crumbled blue cheese, and bacon) and the Michelle Melt

(free-range turkey burger with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese,

lettuce, tomato, and South Lawn herb

garden mayo on a fresh wheat bun).


The president was seen munching on a burger, fries, and salad, though no word yet on whether he ate his namesake creation.


First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Malia and Sasha are frequent diners at the burger joint.


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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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