Fauci says he's looking forward to a beer and burger at a restaurant when pandemic ends

Fauci said that he hasn't had a traditional sit-down meal at a restaurant since February

Same here, Dr. Fauci.

America’s top infectious disease expert said he's most looking forward to ordering a beer and burger from a restaurant when the coronavirus pandemic comes to a close.

Dr. Anthony Fauci made the comments during a recent radio interview with L.A.-area DJ Maggie McKay of 94.7 The Wave, explaining that he and his wife Christine Grady haven’t had a traditional sit-down meal at a restaurant since February. Instead, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he and his spouse have turned to takeout in a pinch.

Fauci said he looks forward to going "to a restaurant or a bar" when the pandemic is over.

Fauci said he looks forward to going "to a restaurant or a bar" when the pandemic is over. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

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"What is the first thing you're going to do when this whole thing is over?" McKay asked, alluding to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.

"Wow," Fauci said. "It's a simple thing, but just to go to a restaurant or to a bar where I get home late at night from work. My wife works here at the NIH with me and we almost every night go home together. It's usually pretty late, I think we're both kind of in the category of workaholics."

"And what I used to like a lot was, rather than go home and cook, to just on the way home stop at a favorite small restaurant or a bar and sit there and have a beer and a hamburger or something and just relax," he shared.

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"We haven't been to an establishment like that since, literally, maybe February. Everything we've done is takeout because, in effect, most of the restaurants don't have seating," Fauci said. "I'd like to get back to that kind of normality, just sort of reconnect, with the way things were when they were normal."

Before the pandemic hit, Fauci said he used to like to stop for a beer and burger on the way home from work "and just relax."

Before the pandemic hit, Fauci said he used to like to stop for a beer and burger on the way home from work "and just relax." (iStock)

In another bite of lifestyle advice, the White House coronavirus task force member said he likes to clear his mind with brisk walks. Fauci said that he and his spouse sometimes head out "rather late in the evening" after "17-hour, 18-hour days" to squeeze in exercise, with walks around the neighborhood.

"When I go home in the evening, I make it a point to power-walk in the neighborhood," he revealed. "It's dark, it isn't as pleasant as doing it with the sun shining on your face, but that exercise is absolutely essential to defusing myself from the tension of the day."

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In other Fauci family news, the infectious disease expert said that he and his wife will not be seeing their three adult children for his birthday on Christmas Eve or Christmas because of the pandemic, and urged other Americans to do the same.

"This cannot be business as usual this Christmas because we’re already in a very difficult situation, and we’re going to make it worse, if we don’t do something about it," he said in an interview with the Washington Post's Power Up newsletter.

Fox News' Bradford Betz contributed to this report.