In the aftermath of the hustle and bustle of the inauguration, the District of Columbia is still fluttering with the excitement of having a new president in town.Restaurants offer new menu items like the Obama Roll and cocktails with names like the Dream, the Obama Shake and Hail to the Chief.The president has been seen out visiting a few D.C. spots, such as the restaurant Equinox (818 Connecticut Ave.) and Bobby Van’s Steakhouse (809 15th St.).In between trying to spot the president and eating a meal named after him, there are plenty of other historical and cultural sites to see.Enjoy the must-see tourist attractions such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the National Gallery of Art and the Air and Space Museum.Take a walk around Georgetown and enjoy the shops, or just revel at the architecture of the area.There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in the nation’s capital, the hard part is choosing what to see in your limited time. Make the most out of your trip by hitting up the latest D.C. offerings.U StreetOnce a neighborhood know for riots, poverty and dicey company, the U Street Corridor is now making a new name for itself with unique shops and a restaurant revival.The birthplace of Duke Ellington is known for being D.C.’s cultural center for the African-American community and its restaurants reflect the cultural tastes of the neighborhoods they’re located in. It is also home to the African-American Civil War Memorial, Lincoln Theatre and Howard University.While taking in the sites and shops, makesure to stop by these restaurant favorites to satisfy your stomach.Marvin ( 2007 14th St., NW): Opened in 2007 as a tribute to Marvin Gaye. The restaurant has a full one wall folk art image of the artist and serves southern cuisine with a Belgian twist to honor the two years Gaye spent living in Belgium.Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St.): President Obama was spotted here a few days before the inauguration. The restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is a favorite among locals and celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Chris Tucker. There’s even a chili dog named after Cosby.Coopi’s Organic (1414 U St.): It has specialty organic Northern Italian cuisine imported directly from the regions Italian farmers.Ulah Bistro (1214 U St.): The typical American style restaurant that has something on the menu for everyone. It serves everything from burgers and pizza to meatloaf and roasted chicken.Dukem (1114-1118 U St.): It serves up Ethiopian cuisine reflective of the neighborhoods large Ethiopian population.Caf? St. Ex (1847 14th St.): An aviation-themed restaurant that serves American cuisine with seasonal French influences. Around 10 p.m. it becomes a local hot spot and the DJ starts to spin.Cake Love (1506 U St.): This shop offers cakes and cupcakes made fresh everyday. Enjoy a treat or just watch the bakers in action.For a drink try these bars andlounges that serve small plates and appetizers.Local 16: A favorite spot of young Democrats and Obama aides (1602 U St.).Chi Cha Lounge: 1624 U StreetBusboys & Poets: Named for Langston Hughes, who started his career while he bused tables nearby (2021 14th St.).Bar Pilar: 1833 14th St.Stetson’s: At U Street near 16th St.Bohemian Caverns: Jazz musicians perform every night (2001 11th St.).Cork Wine Bar: Has at least 50 wines by the glass and 160 bottles to choose from. (1720 14th St.).Honoring Honest AbeFeb. 12th marked the 200th anniversary of the 16th president’s birth. Lincoln is being honored with a four-month celebration titled “Living the Legacy: Lincoln in Washington, D.C.” The celebration includes the reopening of Ford’s Theatre and will feature a re-enactment of Marian Anderson’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday.While you’re in town check out these Honest Abe events.Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F St., NW): Highlights Lincoln’s inaugural ball, which took place within the building. On display are invitations and copies of the dinner menu that led to afamous food fight. Illustrations from the party are also on display.Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (801 K St., NW): Has 100 works of art from 90 artists on display that offer their own interpretations of Lincoln’s life and legacy.Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave. S.E): Features a Lincoln exhibition that includes audio visual listening stations that highlight how his words and decisions continue to be relevant today.National Museum of American History (14th St. and Constitution Ave, NW): Has 60 historical treasures on display that were pulled from the Smithsonian’s Lincoln collection.National Museum of Health & Medicine (6900 Georgia Ave., NW): Looks at Lincoln’s final hours with artifacts that include the bullet that ended his life and a drawing of his deathbed scene.Area restaurants are also featuring special menu items to pay tribute to Lincoln.Mie N Yu (3215 M St., NW): This Georgetown restaurant is offered a featured entr?e priced at $18.09 to honor Lincoln’s birth year. Wash it down with an Abe-hat-tan cocktail. The classic Manhattan drink is made with Knob Creek Bourbon in honor of the Kentucky town where Lincoln was born.Hank’s Oyster Bar (1624 Q St., NW): Is serving up one of Lincoln’s rumored favorites: scalloped oysters.B. Smith’s (50 Massachusetts Ave., NE): Try one of the 16th president’s favorite desserts: sweet almond cake.CommonWealth Gastropub (1400 Irving St., NW): Is mixing up the Honest Abe cocktail. The drink is a blend of spiced batter, apple cider and Maker’s Mark.Acadeiana (901 N.Y. Ave., NW), Ceiba (701 14th St., NW), DC Coast (1401 K St., NW), PassionFish (11960 Democracy Dr.), TenPenh (1001 Penn. Ave., NW): Are all offering Applejack Old Fashioned cocktails. The drink is in honor of Lincoln’s early career as a tavern proprietor and includes Laird’s Applejack, bourbon from Kentucky, for $5.Free-domMany of D.C.’s cultural spots are free of charge, here’s just a few.John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 2700 F St.Lincoln Park: Bounded by 11th St. NE and SE on the West and 13th St. NE and SE on the East.National Geographic Society: 1145 17th St. NW.U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW.National Gallery of Art: 9th St. at Constitution Ave. NW.Folger Shakespeare Library: 201 East Capitol St., SE.

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