"Mitsitam" means "Let's eat!" in the Native language of the Delaware and Piscataway peoples. The museum's Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe enhances the museum experience by providing visitors the opportunity to enjoy the indigenous cuisines of the Americas and to explore the history of Native foods. The Cafe features Native foods found throughout the Western Hemisphere. Each of the five food stations—Oceans, Sea and Streams; Mountains and Plains; The Three Sisters; Contemporary Native; and Native Comfort—depict regional lifeways related to cooking techniques, ingredients, and flavors found in both traditional and contemporary dishes. Selections include authentic Native foods, such as traditional fry bread, as well as contemporary items with a Native American twist—think buffalo burgers!
Mitsitam Espresso Coffee Bar
The museum's Mitsitam Espresso Coffee Bar serves pastries and casual fare from the Mitsitam Cafe's repertoire. Tables in the coffee bar are adjacent to the Potomac Atrium, the heart of the museum and site of many cultural presentations and festivals. A lending rack of tribal newspapers is available for visitors who want to catch up on news from Indian Country.
Group options are available for parties of 10 or more.