Top Chef Master tweets Obama's Chicago dinner
October 31st, 2010
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Top Chef Masters-winning Rick Bayless took to Twitter tonight to share images of President Obama's visit to his old stomping grounds - Bayless' Topolobampo and Frontera Grill. Before the First Couple moved to Washington D.C., they were regular patrons of the chef's adjoining Chicago restaurants, which specialize in Mexican cuisine.

For the record, Chef Bayless waited to tweet and post pictures until after the President left the premises.

Obama at Topolobampo

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  1. VA girl

    The sad part about this is that racism is alive and well. The only thing that 'you people' have against PRESIDENT OBAMA is his race. No he and the First Lady don't sit around like old foggies like the Bushes. They are a young couple and have every right to have dinner without someone always critizing them. He is a married man & father that needs to continue to nurture his family relationships.

    He is our president and I'm sick and tired of hearing/reading about people freakin complaining all the time. Didn't hear you complaining about GWB when he put this country in the mess that we're in. Is he worried, does he give a @$%&? No, he's off riding Silver.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • Truth

      The race issue is a canard. There is WAY more to hate about Obama than merely his race.

      No matter though...We will be seeing some "change" later today, I am sure...

      November 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  2. shuvit

    OBAMA is a WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    November 2, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  3. dpot

    Aaaahhhh as usual, closing your eyes to the facts and sitting at home complaing, poor you.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  4. dpot

    Why is it that the people who never do anything are the first ones to complain, you had 8 years to fix healthcare and did nothing, 8 years to do something about the borders ( you did nothing) 8 years to to spend all you want but never paid a dime back, lied and got us into two wars, borrowed money from China to foot the bill, had nothing in place to control the greed on Wall Street, passed on your over Trillion dollars in debt to President Obama and this list goes on, but you can sit there and asked who paid for Obama's dinner, the party of NO sure got some big ones. But I'll tell you what you did do, you got some shoes thrown at you on your way out.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
    • Cajones

      Got any extra shoes cause I got a pair of Big Ones-Towel Head!

      November 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
    • Jen

      so true, dpot!

      November 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  5. You must be kidding

    This is news? The only thing left off is whether or not he had a bowel movement afterward. Oh yeah...he already had that for the past two years in Oval office. Good riddence in 2012!

    November 1, 2010 at 11:42 am |
    • Capt.JamesT.Kirk-son of The RichardHead


      November 1, 2010 at 11:47 am |
    • Fred Evil

      What an incredibly worthless comment. Please, do us a favor in the future, and just write "Obama BAD!" that way we won't be fooled into thinking you actually have a valid or relevant point.

      November 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
      • You must be kidding

        You've obviously been fooled by a lot more than just me. LOL!

        November 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  6. Press Secretary

    Our Free World Leader Only carries "change" in his Pantalonias! Film @11:00!

    November 1, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  7. Hillary

    My question is who paid for their trip to the restaurant? Who – utlimately – paid their bill and the bill for the secret service, assistants and all the rest that they travel with?

    November 1, 2010 at 10:24 am |
    • IsthisthePartytoWhomIamSpeaking?

      Good question Hillary, Yet the President and myself were more interested in the way The Tortilla Lady would put that MASA Dough under her armpit and make a perfectly round Large Tortilla. She was a big women!

      November 1, 2010 at 10:29 am |
    • Kev P

      Euh, the President pays his own bill.

      In-fact any President is required to foot their own bill for food and incidentals. Good article on it here;

      Everytime a president goes out to eat in public like this, there's always some genius out there who raves about how its "such a waste of taxpayer money!!!"

      Then again these geniuses also rave about how he wasnt really born in Hawaii, he's secretly a Muslim.. blah blah.

      Were all gunna diiieeeee!!

      November 1, 2010 at 10:39 am |
      • Love it

        Awesome response!

        November 1, 2010 at 11:57 am |
      • Jerv

        Very good, thank you.

        November 2, 2010 at 8:34 am |
    • QueenB

      The same ones who paid for that blithering idiot, George Bush.

      November 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  8. Truth

    Can we please remember that this is a food blog?
    Man, but I hate when people try to bring politics into every topic...:)

    November 1, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • IsthisthePartytoWhomIamSpeaking?

      I concur! There should be No Politics involved while Illegal Immigrants are cooking the Presidents food in Chicago!

      November 1, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  9. Rachel

    Riccota and nettles in the tamales? Interesting... I'd like to try that. Otherwise, it's kind of funny that people seem to rarely cook lobster at home, but they love to order it at restaurants.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  10. IsthisthePartytoWhomIamSpeaking?

    Excuse me Chef Bayless. I have an important announcement-Mr.MeHoff, Mr.Jack MeHoff-Red phone please!

    November 1, 2010 at 10:13 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      I got in trouble for that in High School. They made us (MADE US) fill out some Girls/Boys State (whatever that is) application the day I was moving back to AK. I filled it out as Jack Meioff with a long explanation as to why he should go (something about a good sperm count). 30 minutes later the superintendent was asking who filled it out (small school). Didn't admit it, then he asked who wrote in pencil. I figured he wasn't going to give up, so I 'fessed up. Got sent home for the day. My step-mom had to come get me and I cleaned out horse stalls the rest of the day.

      In case you were wondering. X)

      November 1, 2010 at 10:56 am |
      • AssumedName

        Thank You for sharing with the class! You missed a pile over in the corner!

        November 1, 2010 at 11:00 am |
      • Dick Hurtz

        Now who does not have a story like that...:)

        November 1, 2010 at 11:06 am |
      • AssumedName

        I am Offended by Your Name and have placed a call to Gloria Allred. This close to an Election-We The American People DoNot Need this type of Malarkey!

        November 1, 2010 at 11:14 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        You talking to yourself again?

        November 1, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  11. Joe

    Yes, yes, we know Obama is the freekin best thing since sliced toast. We are constantly hearing about how he goes to dinner and fundraisers and makes speeches and generally does what liberal democrats do TALK. Obama has NEVER had any real criticism leveled at him and because he knows nothing about any anything and has nothing to show for his failed presidency when people bitch at him all he can do is yell back because he cannot counter anything. All he has done is steal our money to give it to his campain or some election.

    October 31, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • Bo

      TL:DR. But, seriously, you forgot that all he does is sit around on his computer all day and whine about how the other guy never does anything. Just whine whine whine. What a loser that guy.

      November 1, 2010 at 10:08 am |
      • Betty

        Who gives a big RATZ ASS, about what Obama eats!!! Most people could care less. We are more concerned about what Obama did to the American people, do not tell me it was GWBush!! At least Bush kept the American people from being blown out of their beds after 9/11.. Obama does not care about what our military is facing, he would rather be out stumping for democrats! They our military fights for us every day, and the black Pres. did not make it one of the honest things to do for them was to get their voting ballots out, no that was not on his agenda, he was taking vacations, playing golf and goofing off, oh dear Lord was a liar and radical he has been, Oh please when is 2012 going to get here!!!

        November 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
    • Andy

      I have to say you are an idiot. It appears you are barely literate.

      November 1, 2010 at 10:39 am |
    • Fred Evil

      "Obama has NEVER had any real criticism leveled at him"
      Are you kidding? Or do you mean he has never had any VALID criticism leveled at him? Obama has faced more criticism than ANY other sitting President so short into his first term.
      The guy's not perfect, but the uber-right would have you believe he eats kittens topped with puppy-sauce.

      November 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
    • CuadRose

      Okay Beckster, O'Reilly, Hannity, Cavuto, whiner! Do you get sick of yourself much!

      November 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
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