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Let me be clear: this is a great video of Barack Obama reviewing peach cobbler in 2001

Dylan Matthews is a senior correspondent and head writer for Vox's Future Perfect section and has worked at Vox since 2014. He is particularly interested in global health and pandemic prevention, anti-poverty efforts, economic policy and theory, and conflicts about the right way to do philanthropy.

Check, Please! is a show on the Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW where three "real people reviewers" review a restaurant. And in 2001, one of those three people was then-state Sen. Barack Obama, who suggested Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop in Hyde Park (which closed in 2009 but still has two other locations in the Chicago suburbs):

"Terrific value, savory, tasty food for a good price, and a nice family atmosphere," he concluded. He did warn viewers about filling up on johnnycakes, lest they not have room for peach cobbler, before launching into an appeal for restaurateurs to open locations in Hyde Park (which, not coincidentally, was in Obama's district).

Thanks to Hugh Merwin at GrubStreet for the pointer. For more, see Claire Carusillo at Eater.

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