Paying tribute to Theodore Roosevelt, one of history’s most beloved Presidents, Teddy and the Bully Bar captures the essence of the 26th President — noted for his exuberant personality and range of interests as well as his “cowboy” persona and robust masculinity.
CREATIVE, LOCALLY-SOURCED DISHES. ROBUST FLAVORS.
The distinctive menu at Teddy & The Bully Bar reflects Theodore Roosevelt’s love for simple food, including steaks, fried chicken and house-made cornbread. Dishes featuring game such as bison, wild boar and venison reflect his love of hunting and the outdoors. Our seasonal menus feature quality, locality and simplicity. We pay special attention to our local producers, bringing you the freshest fare available and representing President Roosevelt’s belief to “do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
OUR LOCAL FARMS
We source the finest ingredients from local farms, fishermen, producers and purveyors, including: Blue Moon Acres, Chefs Garden, Pekin Paradise, Creekstone Farms, Chapel Creamery, Trickling Springs Dairy, FireFly Farms, Kreider Farms, Tuscarora Organic Growers, Path Valley Farm Coop, Allen Brothers Beef, Irwin Mushrooms, Chesapeake Greenhouse, Fifer Orchards, Richardson Farms, and Scott Farms.
THE BULLY BAR
Spirit Artisan and Master Mixologist John Hogan, creator of sister restaurant LINCOLN’s impressive bar program, has created a totally distinctive and fresh beverage program at The Bully Bar.
During “the Golden Era of American Cocktail History,” the period from the early 1800s through the beginning of The Prohibition, the American bartender was arguably as iconic a cultural figure as the President himself. At The Bully Bar, the American bartender is back with a fresh twist on classic cocktails from this era. Our expert mixologists hand craft classic and modern cocktails daily, sourcing local ingredients and employing modern gastronomy techniques to deliver simple, classic, delicious drinks inspired by the life of our 26th President. Our unique 26-day barrel-aged cocktail program includes the “Rough Rider Daiquiri” aged for 26 days in charred new American oak. Both “Sheeny’s Rickey” and “The Americano” are carbonated cocktails tapped in-house. We also specialize in punch bowls and “social” cocktails, meant to be shared.
Master Somellier Kathy Morgan - the 105th Master Sommelier in North America and the 19th woman in the world to earn this title - has developed a distinctive wine list for Teddy and the Bully Bar featuring regionally appointed wines.
It’s said that while President Theodore Roosevelt loved to eat, to him the dinner table was less an occasion for fine dining than as a springboard for conversations. In keeping with this, we have created a stunning interior design for Teddy and the Bully Bar that keeps patrons talking.
Hometown artist Maggie O’Neill’s design for sister restaurant LINCOLN was recognized by DC Modern Luxury Magazine as the Best New Restaurant Design of 2011 - she and her team rose to the occasion once again. The space is a classic, contemporary restaurant that is both trendsetting and timeless. Many aspects of President Roosevelt’s life and the era in which he led our great nation were skillfully and artfully incorporated into the look and feel of Teddy & The Bully Bar, including old time coffee pots, gas-powered light fixtures retrofitted with electric, faux taxidermy, Mount Rushmore-themed art, a beautiful restored antique stove and a birch “forest” diorama designed to invoke Roosevelt’s love of the outdoors and his National Parks legacy.
CONNECTED TO THE PAST
In real life,Theodore Roosevelt lived directly across the street from the restaurant’s location at 1200 19th Street, NW during his tenure as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President McKinley.
Theodore Roosevelt’s father was a prominent supporter of Abraham Lincoln. Teddy & the Bully Bar then is the natural extension of sister restaurant LINCOLN.