Friday, January 29, 2010

Making Meals a Part of Visitors' Experience

Before visiting the National Museum of the American Indian (pictured at right) this fall, I never considered that a museum might be worth visiting just for its cafe.

The D.C. museum's Mitsitam Cafe offers Native foods from throughout the Western hemisphere. Its winter menu includes grilled venison, adobe rubbed loin of pork, cedar planked fire-roasted juniper salmon, and much more. Seriously, it's well worth a visit if you're in the area. (And the museum is great, too.)

The New York Times writes that more museums are "moving away from the middle-school approach to feeding visitors." The Guggenheim and the Museum of Arts and Design have just opened new restaurants, and the Whitney is planning one.

Unfortunately, I can't think of many history-oriented sites in the Philadelphia area that offer interesting dining options.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has a small but serviceable cafe, as does the National Constitution Center. But I haven't found any sites (yet) rising to the level of the menus offered at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Perhaps I should finally visit City Tavern, which says it offers "authentic 18th century American culinary history."

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