Election-inspired food and drink specials in DC

Forget the polls. Many Washington, D.C. eateries are trying to predict the outcome of the presidential election through voters' stomachs. Many are offering tasty treats in honor of the candidates, while some are pitting the sales of both Obama and Romney-inspired dishes. These edible polls may not accurately pick the winner, but are likely to inspire both sides of the political aisle.

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    Art Bar at Art & Soul

    Art Bar has a cocktail list named "Swing States" highlighting eight of the states known to rock the vote. "The Cheese Head" for Wisconsin is made with gin and cheese. Patrons who buy a Swing State cocktail on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) and are wearing an "I Voted" sticker will be gifted with a complimentary libation for a friend.
    Art Bar at Art & Soul
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    Lobby Bar at The Madison Hotel The bar will offer two inauguration-inspired cocktails, the "Massachusetts Mule" (raspberry- chocolate mint infused vodka, lemon, lime and ginger ale) and "The Great Debate" (small batch bourbon, blended vermouth, green chartreuse and orange peel) from Jan. 18-22, 2013. Price: $14
    Lobby Bar
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    Occidental Grill Enjoy the cookie recipes that First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney submitted to Family Circle magazine. Obama's cookies are made with sweet white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and mint chocolate chips, while Romney's cookies are an oatmeal peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips and M&Ms. Although Mrs. Obama's cookies won Family Circle's bake off, diners at the restaurant will receive a complimentary set of both kinds of cookies until Election Day. 
    Occidental Grill
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    The Lounge at the Park Hyatt Lisa Hviding, the hotel's resident cheese expert, has selected two blue cheeses and two red-rinded cheeses for the candidates. These are available nightly from 5:30-10:30 p.m., priced at $6 per ounce.The winner of the national election, aka "The Big Cheese," will lend his name to the 35-lb wheel of cheese currently on display in the lounge.
    The Lounge at the Park Hyatt
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    Georgetown Cupcake The beloved cupcake shop offers both Democrat and Republican Dozens: three red velvet cupcakes, three chocolate & buttercream cupcakes, three vanilla & buttercream cupcakes and three lava fudge cupcakes. The cupcakes are appropriately decorated can be shipped nationally.  Price: $29/dozen 
    Georgetown Cupcake
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    Ritz Carlton Hotel Washington DC The Lobby Lounge & Bar at the Ritz is serving two speciality drinks until Nov. 6: the GOP-inspired "Grand Old Fashioned" cocktail (bourbon, muddled strawberries and oranges, Peychauds Bitters and club soda), and the "Blue Bourbon Baracks," (bourbon, crystallized ginger, blueberries, angostura bitters and ginger ale), which is in honor of  President Obama.  Price: $12 per drink 
    Ritz Carlton Hotel
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    Ritz Carlton Hotel Washington DC The Ritz menu also features nods to both vice presidential candidates with its beer and sliders combos: A Leinenkugel "Leinie's" IPA beer and Beer Bratwurst sliders with caraway sauerkraut, pickled red onion, whole grain mustard and beer dip in honor of Ryan's Wisconsin upbringing, and a Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre beer and Delaware Rockfish Sliders with arugula and pickled fennel and old bay remoulade for Joe Biden. Price: Beers are $6.50, sliders are $7.50 separately, and the pairing of both is $12
    Ritz Carlton
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    California Tortilla This chain has created two competing burrito bowls: The Obama's Chicken Teriyaki Luau Bowl (Mexican rice, grilled chicken, Teriyaki sauce, stir-fry vegetables and grilled pineapple) and the Romney's Mexican Mitt-Loaf bowl (grilled Mexican meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables, corn and a sweet and savory sauce). California Tortilla is keeping track of how many of each dish they sell.  Price: $7.29 
    California Tortilla
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    Good Stuff Eatery This restaurant is running a great burger debate in honor of "America's favorite political duo:" James Carville and Mary Matalin. Ragin' Cajun Carville's burger comes with roasted creole onion, southern fried pickles, cheddar cheese and a chipotle and chili barbecue sauce. Sharp and Sassy Matalin's sandwich is topped with grilled Portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, tomato, arugula and peppadew pepper mayo. 
    Good Stuff Eatery
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    Lincoln Restaurant This bar, which is named for the 16th president, is offering two election-inspired drinks every day after 4 p.m. The Republican-inspired Elephant cocktail contains rhubarb-infused whiskey, homemade strawberry liquor, lime juice and bitters. 
    Lincoln Restaurant
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    Lincoln Restaurant The counter-cocktail to the Elephant is, of course, the Donkey. This drink is made with a blackberry-infused gin, ginger syrup, lime juice and soda. The bar is keeping track of how many of each drink it sells, and patrons can see the score on the blackboard near the front door. 
      Price: $11 per cocktail 
    Lincoln Restaurant
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    1331 Bar & Lounge at JW Marriott The lounge where the Rickey was invented offers cocktails and eats inspired by the election every Tuesday through November 6.  Specialty drinks include the 
    "Barockin’ Mai Tai" and the "Mint Romney," which is made with Chambord, Frangelico, cream and fresh mint.
    1331 Bar & Lounge
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    1331 Bar & Lounge at JW Marriott The Democratic inspired cocktail named "Barockin' Mai Tai" consists of Bacardi Orange rum, fresh pineapple and lemon juice, lime soda and blue Curacao float. 
    1331 Bar
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    1331 Bar & Lounge at JW Marriott A favorite from the previous election cycle, and ready for a rematch, are the Left Wings and Right Wings. The Republican Wings, or Right Wings, are Boston honey glazed and served with a mini pot of Boston-style baked beans. 
    1331 Bar
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    1331 Bar & Lounge at JW Marriott Inspired by the Hawaiian native, the Left Wings are Hawaiian-glazed with fresh pineapple. The bar also offers other election-themed plates including  Hawaiian Peppered Ahi Tuna and Boston Cod sliders. A miniature chocolate White House filled with chocolate truffles completes the weekly menu.
    1331 Bar
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    Legal Sea Foods Legal Sea Foods is inviting Washingtonians to vote for their favored presidential candidates with their taste buds from October 24 through November 5 with two exclusive seafood dishes. The Red Plate special is Pan Seared Cod with steamed spaghetti squash in a bourbon lobster cream sauce.
    Legal Sea Foods
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    Legal Seafood The Blue Plate special is Hawaiian Macadamia and Coconut Crusted Mahi-Mahi with roasted Brussels sprouts in a lime butter sauce. Guests are allowed to cross party lines and even reach across the table to enjoy one or both of these.  Price: $25.95 per dish.  
    Legal Seafood
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    Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery The Bayou Bakery offers the "Potus Dog," a Chicago-style, all-beef dog with minced white onion, yellow mustard, dill pickle spears, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, sweet pickle relish, and a dash of celery salt. The "Mitt-chigan Dog" is a Michigan-style steamed hot dog with “Michigan sauce,” chopped white onions and a thin line of yellow mustard.
    Bayou Bakery
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    Quill at The Jefferson, DC  This bar is serving up a special cocktail on debate nights. "The Presidential" cocktail consists of Jefferson Bourbon, Applejack Brandy, Lemon Juice, Whiskey Barrel Bitters, and a dash of Cinnamon, garnished with an Apple Chip.
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    Topaz Bar at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel The Topaz Bar, which is known for its craft cocktails, has a "Political Campaign" menu featuring the "Romney Float," a non-alcoholic blend of Old Dominion Root Beer finished with whipped cream and a "Salted Lake" caramel drizzle and the "Obama Home Sweet Home," a blend of Bulleit Bourbon, lime juice and club soda with a splash of pineapple juice. 
    Topaz Bar
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    The Sweet Lobby Where better to pick up an election treat than at Capitol Hill's "Official Pastry Polling Headquarters?" The bakery has cupcakes and macaroons decorated in honor of both Obama and Romney. 
    The Sweet Lobby
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    Bar Dupont   Shake it up with a Party Animal cocktail inspired by the presidential candidates. The menu includes the "Drink it Forward" cocktail (a traditional Dupont cosmopolitan with blue curacao) and the "Grand Ole Punch" (a traditional Dupont cosmopolitan). When you are done, head over to the lobby to drop a bubble gum coin in the hotel’s make-shift voting booth.
    Bar Dupont  
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    Acadiana At Acadiana, the Romney-inspired cocktail is named the Mitt Julep and is made with Bulleit bourbon, mint-infused simple syrup and garnished with a mint sprig tree.  
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    Acadiana Acadiana's other election-inspired drink, the Blue Hawaiian, is made with El Dorado rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice and garnished with an orange twist and house-made cherry. Try both and vote for your favorite. 
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