The interior of the breakfast-and-lunch destination is as nondescript as its website, which only features its name, its address and a map of its location. But the staff at Jimmy T’s is quirky, and the seats are usually full of people who live on the Hill, as opposed to those who work on it. The only thing you might have to worry about is getting grease on your interview clothes.
If it’s variety you’re after, Barracks Row is just a short walk away.
“Eighth Street is great for interviews because you have so many places to choose from,” one staffer said.
Trattoria Alberto (506 Eighth St. SE) and its Italian menu are a mainstay of the area. But because the restaurant has been open for 25 years, it’s a less trendy destination than some of the other restaurants on the popular stretch. That means the chances of someone you know walking in are slim.
Can’t Stray Far From the Office?
For the short and brief interview that won’t pull you away from your desk for more than 30 minutes, the Longworth House Office Building’s cafeteria overflow room is the place for you. It’s an easy place to meet when a free moment suddenly presents itself.
“You can sit down with someone, and it won’t look suspicious,” said Jared Small, a former staffer for ex-Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.).
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.