Forget Politics—Let's Eat!
What Obama's preferences say about him
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2008 11:45 AM CST
Barack Obama eats a hot dog at an Independence Day picnic in Butte, Mont., July 4, 2008. At right is his wife Michelle.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Only time will tell what kind of president Barack Obama turns out to be. But looking at what he likes to eat might give us some clues, food journalist Todd Kliman writes for NPR's Monkey See blog. So what do we know so far? Obama took heat for talking up arugula, but his favorites are regular-guy foods like fried chicken and chili.

Restaurant-wise, Obama dabbles at both ends of the spectrum. He often orders from a Chicago soul food restaurant "where a plate of chicken and mac 'n' cheese costs just $7.50," but he and Michelle hit high-end spots on occasion. But when it comes to Chicago's greatest contribution to American cuisine, the president-elect goes against his adopted hometown's mainstream: His neighborhood fave serves thin-crust pizza.