Yvette Alexander is the Ward 7 councilmember.
Favorite Restaurant: “I have to say, the best place in Ward 7 is MoRuss Seafood on Minnesota Avenue.” MoRuss, owned by a pair of former chefs from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, is in the Twining neighborhood. Her go-to dish? “Blackened salmon. They know when the Ward 7 councilmember comes in, they get the blackened salmon going.” Get the cabbage and mashed sweet potatoes on the side, she says. (2902 Minnesota Ave. SE, 202-583-2722)
Power Lunch Location: “Denny’s (at East Capitol Street and Benning Road)! I get the waffle slam. And they have turkey sausage.”
Trusted Political Caterer: Fat Face BBQ, on East Capitol Street
Quick Wilson Building Nosh: “I like either Corner Bakery or Au Bon Pain.” At the latter, she says, she goes for the Southwestern Corn Chowder.
Beverage of Choice: Alexander’s a Starbucks girl. She picks up a “grande extra-hot 200-degree skim caramel macchiato” at the 8th and Pennsylvania SE location on her way in to work. Why so picky about temperature? “When you make the mixed drinks, it gets cool.”
Council Breakfast Story: Before monthly legislative meetings, councilmembers take turns catering a buffet-style breakfast for their colleagues. Usually it’s a pretty standard affair, with eggs, potatoes, bacon, coffee. Not so for the first breakfast Alexander hosted: “We had linen tablecloths, fresh-cut flowers, jazz music, waffles to order, omelets to order,” she says. That spread, courtesy of event planner George Worrell was to celebrate a double event: Alexander’s first council breakfast and her birthday.