Michelle Obama, friend enjoy low-key meal at a trendy Houston restaurant

Michelle Obama, friend enjoy low-key meal at a trendy Houston restaurant

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. The honorees this year include: opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz musician Herbie Hancock, musician Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and musician Carlos Santana. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

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by Eric Sandler / CultureMap Houston

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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 8:01 AM

How did First Lady Michelle Obama spend her Wednesday night in Houston while President Barack Obama attended a Democratic Party fundraiser at the River Oaks home of trial lawyer John Eddie Williams? The answer almost quietly came out on Twitter.

And CultureMap has even more exclusive details.

Chef/owner Ryan Hildebrand first became aware that Obama was considering dining at Triniti on Tuesday. "They came in yesterday and scouted it out," Hildebrand tells CultureMap. "They really didn't want to tell us who it was.

"When I found out, I was honored. Personal politics aside, she's a classy, amazing lady who could go anywhere she wants to go. I was honored she chose to go to Triniti."

"She was just the most gracious, sweetest thing ever."

As Hildebrand understands the process for deciding which restaurant to visit, Obama's team selects six possible candidates, and then the First Lady chooses the one that's most appealing to her. Hilbebrand found out she'd selected his restaurant around 5:30 p.m..

The chef describes the atmosphere during service as "low key. It was business as usual." Secret service agents stationed themselves a few tables away and around the restaurant. They searched people as they entered but otherwise things were status quo.

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