Indian cuisine has long been an also-ran in America's $ 660 billion eating out business generated by 980,000 restaurants. Although it is the main course in UK, Indian food hobbles behind Italian, Chinese, and Hispanic chow in the US despite impressive strides of late. For reasons that may be hard to digest, even Thai, Greek, and Japanese fare are ahead in the food sweepstakes.
Not that this is going to change anytime soon, but hand it to the Obamas for doing their bite for Indian cuisine. Probably because of the President's incessant boasting about his mastery over keema and daal, First Lady Michelle Obama treated him to an Indian dinner for his 52nd birthday.
In a brief pool report, the White House said the First Couple drove down to Rasika, an upscale Indian restaurant in West End, to celebrate his birthday, which was actually on Sunday, August 4. The family, with kids, spent that day in Camp David, and evidently the First Lady had a special treat lined up for him a little later at a restaurant now ranked among Washington DC's best.
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