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Barack Obama on Check Please! Chicago

Barack Obama, Former TV Food Critic

Now that America has become familiar with President-elect Barack Obama's political agenda, the country has taken interest in the soon-to-be president's personal quirks and preferences. A clip surfaced of Obama on Check Please! Chicago, a Chicago series that features locals reviewing restaurants. In the August 2001 episode, the then-Illinois state senator raves about Dixie Kitchen, a Southern-, Cajun-, and Creole-influenced restaurant in his South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park. In the clip, Obama sounds surprisingly . . . well, just like us. "It's not gourmet cuisine, but that's not why I go to the Dixie Kitchen," he says. "What I'm looking for is food that tastes good for a good price." Yet his introspective nature is already evident, when he admits the johnnycakes are "dangerous," so "I've learned from my mistakes." Watch the clip when you


I'm also somewhat surprised that Obama — famous for his healthy eating habits — chose to feature a restaurant like Dixie Kitchen. I myself have been to the North Shore outpost of this restaurant, and must admit that it's not exactly healthy fare (although the fried green tomatoes are delicious).

Watch the clip below and share your thoughts. Are you, too, fascinated by Obama's ordinary lifestyle?


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