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Obamas Minibar: President And First Lady Eat At José Andrés Restaurant On Valentine's Day

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The Obamas ate their Valentine's Day dinner at Minibar, owned by D.C.-based chef José Andrés. | Alamy

WASHINGTON -- The Obamas ate Valentine's Day dinner at chef José Andrés' restaurant Minibar.

It was a choice that pleased foodies, and caused some grumbling among those who were held up by the Obamas' security in D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood.

Others wondered how the first couple scored reservations at the restaurant, which takes only 12 diners per seating.

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Politico notes that Andrés -- who was named "Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and was named 2012 Chef of the Year by the Daily Meal -- is a fan of the president.

According to the Obama Foodorama blog, the feeling is very mutual.

Minibar specializes in inventive food with a hefty pricetag -- 20-plus courses start at $225. The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema, who wrote a disappointing review of the restaurant in December, paid $1800 for his party of four, after tip.

When contacted by The Huffington Post, Minibar representatives declined to say what the Obamas ate during their Valentine's Day meal. Northern Virginia Magazine notes that while the restaurant's menu changes regularly, "munchies" may include Cotton Candy Eel, "Dragon's Breath" Popcorn and Boneless Chicken Wing, while dessert could be Saffron Gumdrop with Edible Wrapper or Chocolate Covered Corn Nuts.

The Obamas have been widely praised for their support of D.C.'s restaurants.

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Updated, 11:11 a.m.: Minibar has room for 12 diners per seating, not 6 as was originally reported.

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