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Museum Restaurants Worth Their Own Trip

By Celia Shatzman - 2014-01-27T14:11:33Z

Photograph via Smithsonian

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Mitsitam at the Smithsonian

The aptly named Mitsitam Native Foods Café—Mitsitam (mit-seh-TOM) means "let's eat" in the Piscataway and Delaware languages—is practically an edible exhibit in the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The indigenous menu changes quarterly and represents the five geographic regions of native people in the Western Hemisphere. Taste maple brined turkey with cranberry relish from the Northern Woodlands, chicken tamale in a corn husk with peanut sauce from South America, or cedar planked fire-roasted juniper salmon platter from the Northwest Coast, among others. Many of the authentic ingredients are purchased directly from tribal co-ops or companies. Guests can catch cooking demonstrations around the fire pit in the kitchen.

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