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For most of the last 107 years, a restaurant called Occidental has existed beside the Willard Hotel. Its guests (many gazing down from their photos) have ranged from Amelia Earhart and U.S. presidents to Hollywood stars.

Its 2013 name
Occidental Grill & Seafood signals the farm-fresh, straightforward cooking of executive chef Rodney J. Scruggs and his motto “KISS—Keep it Simple, Scruggs!” Chef de cuisine Matt Baker prefers uncomplicated, too, plotting a first-ever BBQ, Bourbon & Beer party June 15, noon to 3 pm.

But don’t be surprised by the sophistication: crab cake with avocado cream, rack of lamb with leek confit, duck breast with huckleberry gastrique, finishes like chevre cheesecake and the Saturday-Sunday brunch indoors or on the oh-so-Paris patio.

Jean Lawlor Cohen

1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.783.1475, www.occidentaldc.com