THE BLOG
11/24/2014 02:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Putin or Obama for Lunch?

Pushkin, Russia is a long way to go for a bowl of beef stroganoff, but if you want to eat a meal fit for a Russian President, it's the place to go.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated a birthday at Podvorye restaurant and ever since they've offered the Putin birthday menu as a special.

By comparison, President Barack Obama got take out from Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles, and now he has a menu item named after him. Item #9 Obama's Special: 3 wings and a waffle for $10 bucks.

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Putin's birthday menu is elaborate with more than a dozen items including boiled potatoes and fennel. Honestly, give me a boiled potato any day.

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Pushkin is a small city south of St. Petersburg which is home to Catherine Palace and named after famed Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin.

Walking into Podvorye Restaurant Pushkin, Russia
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So if you are in the area, Podvorye is one of those huge restaurants that caters to tourists. It has a band playing, and a gift shop. But it's serious about food and vodka. If it's good enough for Putin, it's good enough for me. Pass the boiled potatoes please.

After I returned from Russia, I felt a need to balance out my superpower eating. So I went to Roscoe's in Hollywood, which gets a lot of tourists too. It also has a gift shop just like Podvorye.

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The place is famous for its mix of chicken and waffles. Now I am one of those weirdos who doesn't like my waffles touching chicken. I don't like my eggs touching pancakes either. Maybe it stems from all those Swanson TV dinners my mother served me. Hated when the peas slipped into my apple pie.

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So if you don't mind fennel on your potatoes or a little fried chicken in your waffles, I recommend these two meals fit for a President.