Obama Lunch
Gerald Herbert  /  AP
President Barack Obama greets patrons while awaiting his hamburger order at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Washington on Friday.
NBC News and news services
updated 5/29/2009 2:54:58 PM ET 2009-05-29T18:54:58

For a health food nut, President Barack Obama sure likes his burgers.

Obama made a surprise lunchtime stop at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a fast-food restaurant in Washington, D.C.

The president ordered a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeno peppers, and mustard, and placed several other to go orders for his staff. He also ordered a cheeseburger for Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. The network is filming a day-in-the-life program, "Inside the Obama White House: Brian Williams Reports," a two-night special airing June 2 and 3, at 9 p.m. ET.

The president snacked on peanuts, and chatted with surprised customers while he waited for his order.

There are "more problems than we thought," Obama told a man who asked him about his first months in office.

After paying at least $80 in cash and a group picture with the Five Guys staff, Obama walked out, carrying two very large brown paper bags.

Early this month, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a short motorcade ride from the White House to Virginia and ordered lunch at a small independent restaurant called Ray's Hell Burger. First lady Michelle Obama recently said she snuck out to a Five Guys restaurant without anyone noticing. The chain has some 400 locations throughout the U.S.

Despite their burger runs, the Obamas are big believers in exercise and healthy eating.

The first lady has started a vegetable garden at the White House. Some of the crops will be served to the Obamas and to White House staff and guests, while some will be donated to a local soup kitchen.

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