Underwood’s D.C. Tour

The House of Cards’ anti-hero has inspired a couple stops you should make while visiting his territory.

House of Cards diehards can follow in the footsteps—don’t get too close—of Frank Underwood, the main character in this Netflix political drama series that counts Bill Clinton among its fans.

Eat barbecue like Underwood. In pivotal points of Underwood’s evil life, his good thinking is done in front of a plate of sticky ribs at Freddy’s BBQ Joint. Unfortunately, that place is completely fictional—although the set is in Baltimore. That doesn’t mean finding South Carolina-approved barbeque is a fantasy. Rocklands, a 20-minute drive from Capitol Hill, dives deep into ribs—baby back, spare ribs, and beef ribs. If you want to stay with city limits, DCity Smokehouse is not Carolina style, but the technique is solid, particularly the pit smoked wings.

DCity Smokehouse
DCity Smokehouse
Smoked BBQ Wings
Smoked BBQ Wings
Hush Puppies
Hush Puppies

Act congressional. A former Democratic Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, Underwood spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill, stomping his colleagues into submission. But certainly that doesn’t happen in real life, does it? Hahahahaha. Go ahead and check it out for yourself. Reserve tickets in advance to tour the neoclassic building. However, to be on the floor, you’ll need to contact your state or district’s member of Congress in advance.

Capitol building, Photo Credit: RJ Schmidt via Flickr
Capitol building, Photo Credit: RJ Schmidt via Flickr

Get your brush with the presidency. You must be diligent with your research on fellow politicians (or anyone else who might get in your way). To get the scoop on the president, visit the White House’s blog, which will feed your need for insider information by giving you a detailed schedule of the leader of the free world’s days. But don’t expect to show up at Obama’s front door and be invited in. You’ll need to book a tour, up to six months in advance, via your member of Congress.

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