WASHINGTON -- Cactus Cantina, the Tex-Mex restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue, can claim an interesting piece of local lore. It's one of the few D.C.-area restaurants where President George W. Bush dined out in the nation's capital during his eight-year term -- the Palm has an honorary portrait of the 43rd president on its wall of faces, despite him never eating there himself.)
But perhaps Cactus Cantina should be better known for the late Dorothy Rodham's love of margaritas. Via the Examiner, we learn that granddaughter Chelsea Clinton has fond memories of fun nights out with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, and grandmother at the restaurant, owned Raúl Sánchez, the man behind the perpetually-popular Lauriol Plaza in Dupont Circle.
Rodham, who lived a quiet life in the nation's capital living at Hillary Clinton's home off Embassy Row, died last year at age 92. She loved visiting the National Zoo and apparently, margaritas. So says Chelsea Clinton in the latest issue of Vogue:
"She always wanted to go to Cactus Cantina near the National Cathedral. I would drive Marc and my grandmother there, and they would get a large pitcher of frozen margaritas, and then I would drive them home, both slightly inebriated. Which gave me inordinate joy."
In the Vogue interview, Clinton, who attended the nearby Sidwell Friends School, said that she wouldn't rule out a future run for public office.