Cast your vote: Red and blue restaurant specials
October 12th, 2012
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

As Election Day fever ramps up more and more each day, you might have gotten caught up in it. And, you might be asking yourself a few timely questions: How can I make my vote heard now (especially if I didn’t register for early voting)? How can I register my vote in more than one state? And how can I vote more than once?

The answer to all those questions, from a strictly legal perspective, is you can’t. However, if you want to cast your vote by choosing entrées at a few select restaurants in and around Washington, D.C., then it’s all good.

Legal Sea Foods (Washington, D.C., plus nine other states)
The Boston-based seafood restaurant chain will offer two choices for "Presidential" plates in the weeks leading up to the election. The Blue Plate Special is a “liberal offering” of mahi-mahi crusted with macadamia nuts and coconut. The Red Plate Special is pan-seared cod in a bourbon lobster cream sauce that will “certainly appeal to the 1 percenters.”

The two dishes obviously highlight the home and adopted states of both candidates, with the Hawaiian mahi-mahi for President Obama and the Massachusetts culinary staple, cod, for Governor Romney. You will also be able to vote on the Legal Sea Foods Facebook page - at least for your favorite dish.

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (Arlington, Virginia)
You saw them first during the conventions, and you’ll see them again during the final week of the campaigns. At this terrific café and bakery you can vote via hot dog.

POTUS Dog: The Chicago-style all-beef dog is topped with yellow mustard, onion, tomato, pickled peppers, sweet-pickle relish and a dash of celery salt.

Mitt-chigan Dog: The Michigan-style dog is steamed and covered with “Michigan Sauce” (a tomato-based chili sauce), plus chopped white onion and a drizzle of mustard.

Good Stuff Eatery (Washington, DC)
The Prez Obama Burger is already a fixture on the menu at Spike Mendelsohn’s comfort food destination. The "Top Chef" star also decided to pit Democratic strategist James Carville against his wife, Mary Matalin, a Republican consultant, at least in the burger world. The Ragin’ Cajun (Carville) features cheddar, chipotle barbecue sauce and a Cajun onion ring. The Sharp & Sassy (Matalin) is topped with goat cheese, Peppadew-spiked mayo and grilled portobellos. As I’m writing this, Carville is up 1,406-879.

Art and Soul (Washington, DC)
Star chef and weight-loss hero Art Smith has opted to promote those key swing states at the bar of his terrific Southern food restaurant. From October 1 through January 31, 2013, you can “vote” for your favorite swing state with a cocktail.

  • The Colorado Orchid: Gin, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, Thai basil and sparkling wine
  • The Peanut-Butter Buckeye (Ohio): Vodka, peanut butter syrup, chocolate powder rim
  • The Oasis (Nevada): Mezcal, watermelon, lime, simple syrup, mint
  • The Cardinal Cooler (Virginia): Gin, Viognier, simple syrup, club soda, lemon
  • The Meat and Potato (Iowa): House-oaked vodka, candied bacon
  • The Pennsylvania Avenue: Peach-infused vodka, Aperol, simple syrup, lime, muddled peach
  • The Cheese Head (Wisconsin): Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, Shiraz, cheddar cheese cube
  • The Patriot (New Hampshire): Bourbon, pumpkin puree, house-made lemon-lime syrup

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Best Burgers in the U.S.

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Catch up on all campaign trail coverage on Eatocracy and see how CNN's Political Team likes to get their political grub on.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jerv

    "POTUS Dog: The Chicago-style all-beef dog is topped with yellow mustard, onion, tomato, pickled peppers, sweet-pickle relish and a dash of celery salt." That's what I'm talking about.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  2. jj

    Love the picture of President Obama enjoying good food and conversation!

    October 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  3. darth cheney

    If you order the Mitt-Chigan dog at the drive-thru window, they will bungee it to your roof at no extra charge.

    October 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Jerv

      LM AO! Thank you!

      October 16, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  4. wyobob

    Nancy regan was asked what she thought about red china and said that it was ok as long as you didn't use a blue tablecloth.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  5. jillmarie

    Those cocktails sound amazing!

    October 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
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