Meals from my Past: America Eats,

April 9, 2015

I was lucky enough to be able to visit my friend Johanna who was living in the Frederick MD area a few years ago when Jose Andreas  opened America Eats in the National Archives in McLean Virgina.  It was basically his take on dishes throughout the history of America.  From drinks to desserts.  There was a book that was published and it gave a bit of American food history and some, lets say, interesting recipes.

I heard about this via my mom. She saw an article in the paper and when she heard I was going to DC she told me about it. Reservations were made.

Located near the National archives then it has since been remade in Tyson’s corner.


Johanna and I at the front.

The Southern and New Yorker.

The food:
I started with a peanut soup.

Shrimp Remoulande with fried green tomatoes

Smoked oysters

Bison Tomahawk steak with mashed potatoes

the ‘ketchups’

Chesapeake crab cake with pickled watermelon

The fruit and cheese plate

Abalone with butter; pepper air

Vermont snow. This dessert was shaved ice served with maple syrup.

NY cheesecake redone



You may wonder why the abalone was in an odd place. The waitress was so very helpful and chatted with us. I was very upfront about my foodie nature and at the tail end of the meal apparently the chef had a miss fire and offered this dish to anyone that might like it, she snagged it for us.


The menu we had was different, soon to be scanned.

If you get a chance to get down there give it a try.

The menu we had.