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The president and first lady elevate the D.C. restaurant scene

July 7, 2010 | 10:13 am

Theirs was a love affair that began in the glow of a candlelit table. It was a white tablecloth and red wine evening. The food was refined, the service impeccable. The private room with the glass door was discreet, but the couple behind it could not go unnoticed.

It's been a year and a half since that meal at Equinox, a chic and sleek restaurant a couple of blocks from the White House, in which Barack and Michelle Obama dined on greens with poached apples and pickled watermelon radish, pan-fried Rappahannock oysters, all-natural strip loin steak, crispy bananas and zabaglione gelato.

The romance between the Obamas and Washington's foodies has been going strong since.

Photo: The Obamas leave dinner at Komi, a Greek and Mediterranean restaurant near Dupont Circle in Washington, on May 7, 2010. Credit: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press