Sen. Barack Obama leaving Acorn several months ago
An unnamed source close to Barack Obama's campaign has confirmed the presidential candidate has close personal ties to Acorn
, and in fact has dined at the 28th Avenue eatery on several occasions during visits to Nashville.
According to the source, Obama's ties to Acorn began during his days as a community gourmandizer in Chicago, where he frequented many of the tonier establishments along that city's Magnificent Mile.
In fact, in an interview last month
on the Scene
's food blog, Bites, Acorn chef Andy Hunter hints at the restaurant's link to the Obama campaign. Despite Hunter's best efforts, he barely conceals his liberal agenda, making several references to pork, promoting an author from France (!), noting that "simplicity is elegant" (a clear defense of Obama's elitism) and discussing Fat Mo (as in the big momentum Obama is carrying into the election).
At a recent visit, Obama exhibited his penchant for liberal spending. For appetizers, the candidate had the acorn squash (during which he made a joke about "squashing the McCain campaign") and the Korean barbecue beef wraps (a clear attempt to appease Kim Jong-il), followed by the Acorn Caesar. (Et tu, Barack?) For his entrée, Obama ordered the grilled filet of beef. (Here in America we call it "steak," Senator.) According to the server, when asked how he'd like his beef cooked, he responded, "I'll have my meal without any preconditions."
Ironically, the last time Obama ate at Acorn, John McCain was eating what campaign aides say was "a man-sized Porterhouse" just a few blocks away at Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse
. When the Scene
showed the Arizona senator Acorn's imaginative menu, he remarked, "It's radical food for a radical candidate who hangs out with ’60s radicals."