Mitsitam Cafe

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300 Maryland Ave., Washington, DC, USA

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Africancrab Africanc…
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Native American Indian Cuisines Jun 27, 2012
We dined at the Mitsitam café recently on our trip to down town DC to meet Travbuddy Andy. The café is located on ground level of the National Museum of the American Indian. It features Native American foods with 5 stations to choose different meals from. I must warn that it is a rather expensive dinning place, but the food is nothing short of delectable. It is cafeteria styled, so on arrival, you get a tray on which you can put your plate, drink and desert. It was particularly busy while we were there because it was the beginning of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The first station right at the entrance is the South American cuisine; I started and stopped here. The food looked good so I ordered it. It tasted delicious. Other stations included the Mesoamerican, the Woodlands, Northwest coast from which my daughter ordered, and finally the Great plains. My husband sampled the South American as well; a bowl of chili soup and fried bread, both highly recommended.

Desert options by the pay counters feature different sweets; pastries including freshly baked cookies, cakes, fruits, and nuts. Drinks included coffees, bottled water and a variety of soft drinks including coke products. What makes it a dear place to eat at, is the fact that each portion of the meal is priced separately. For example, mt chile con carne was $15.95, the corn bread $3.95, the potatoes $3.95, desert cookies $5.00, water $3.50 and my coffee was $2.95. After our meal, we toured the museum, which is quite big, four different levels.

Needless to say, we worked off the food that we had eaten and ended up with coffee on our way out. Great place to dine, good ambiance, but I did not like the crowding.

PS: "If it Looks Good, Eat it" -Andrew Zimmerman
My plate of South American cuisine
Mark's soup and fried bread
My daughter's breaded chicken stri…
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Dr_Seuss says:
Nice to see they had sourced some Native American Coke to make it authentic :D
Posted on: Jun 28, 2012
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Andy99 Andy99
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Native American Inspired Cuisine at Mitsitam Cafe Jun 27, 2012
Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian is unique among museum cafeterias. The cafe carries the theme of the museum to a new level by providing foods based on Native American culinary traditions. Five regional serving stations (Northern Woodlands, South America, Northwest Coast, Mesoamerica, and Great Plans) feature hot and cold meat and vegetable dishes, soups, and breads inspired by the traditional foods of the people of that area.

I've been coming every so often for lunch to work through sampling each of the regional offerings. The foods are nicely prepared and presented and quite tasty! The only disappointment has been the Buffalo Cheeseburger. Not much different that any burger at any Smithsonian museum cafeteria. But, everything else, from Turtle Soup to Wild Turkey Sausage has been delicious! I'll e back to try more regional offerings.

Mitsitam is not inexpensive. The prices are on the high side, but worth it. Definitely plan on having lunch when you visit the National Museum of the American Indian.
Mitsitam Cafe at the National Muse…
Northern Woodlands serving station
Roasted Salmon with Wild Turkey Sa…
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christine601 christin…
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woodsey exotic flavors -YUM Jul 12, 2011
This is definitly my favorite place to eat in DC, and I hear that its rated as one of the best museum foods around, (at least in the DC area)

Priced in the medium price range, this museum is definitly worth just for the experience of tasting and seeing the uniquely prepared foods of indigenous peoples.

All I can say that my favorite was the wild rice; it was spicy yet sweet and the texture was crunchy yet chewy. I would recommend this hearty fiberous dish to any health conscious food enthusiasist!

Other favorites were the salmon, rich and savory salmon. Seriously, check this place out. Smokey, woodsy, and spicy flavors.
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olenka123 olenka123
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Restaurant with menu items of American Indians cuisine Jul 12, 2008
When visiting the National Museum of American Indian, I started to be really hungry after almost 5 hours of walking around Washington DC. So I decided to go to Mitisitam Cafe which is located in the lobby of the museum.

Mitistam Cafe is surely part of museum exibition, the name of the restaurant in cafe-style means "let's eat" in the language of one's tribe.

The Cafe is divided into section, depending on the region's orgin of meals. You can find menu items from: Meso America, the Northwest Coast, the Northern Woodlands, the Great Plains and South America.

I had sweat potato salad and crab salad. The food was intresting from part of vue of European girl. Also was quite tasteful.

I had also a drink ( forget the name) typical for the tribes from Meso America.

I highly recommend eating in this restaurant. Nice experiance!
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