While you may not be able to follow President Barack Obama on the campaign trail, you can travel and eat like he does when he’s crisscrossing the U.S.
Ross Babbit, senior vice president of programming at the Travel Channel, shared some of Obama's and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush’s favorite restaurants, which are featured on the Travel Channel’s new special "Travel Like a President."
Planning a weekend away or a simple night out involves as many as 200 hotel rooms, two jumbo 747s, two passenger jets, five helicopters, 35 motorcade vehicles, charter flights for the press and a cast of hundreds of people involved in the preparation.
From the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, where every president has stayed since Herbert Hoover, to an impromptu trip to Five Guys, The Daily Meal has the scoop on nine of the presidential palate-pleasing restaurants favored by the first family.
12 Bones Smokehouse (Asheville, N.C.)
When President Barack Obama visited 12 Bones Smokehouse with his wife Michelle, he insisted on going unannounced, standing in line and paying cash. He ordered barbecue ribs with blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce.
Il Mulino (New York City)
When former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama decided to dine together at Il Mulino in Greenwich Village, the restaurant was shut down and the maître d' wore a special pin given by the Secret Service to show he had been cleared to approach the president. Clinton ordered the fresh pasta with shrimp while Obama dined on broiled whole branzino, a Mediterranean sea bass.
Pat’s King of Steaks (Philadelphia)
When he’s in the City of Brotherly Love, President Obama likes to stop at Pat’s King of Steaks, the same place where John Kerry solidified his reputation by some for being out of touch when he famously ordered his cheesesteak with Swiss cheese.
Mad Martha’s (Martha’s Vineyard)
Another Clinton family favorite spot for sweet treats is Mad Martha’s, where Chelsea liked to order mocha chip yogurt and former President Clinton ordered orange-pineapple ice cream.
While former President George W. Bush enjoyed eating out, his aides always had a stash of his favorite snack, Tex-Mex Chex. His aides joke that there were always two things within 10 feet of the president at all times: the nuclear football and a bag of Tex-Mex Chex. White House chef Walter Scheib prepared the snack of Chex cereal with hot sauce, pretzels, pistachios and Mexican pumpkin seeds.
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