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Mitsitam Cafe Restaurant Review: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has a cafeteria with a menu that will wow you. Sectioned into five different regions to correspond to the tribes of each major geographic area, the foods reflect what native peoples once typically enjoyed according to the seasons. The executive chef, Richard Hetzler, has become an acknowledged national expert on Native American foods from all regions, and his expertise is evident in the preparations. What other museum anywhere would offer oak-roasted half duck with a dried currant sauce paired with moist corn pudding? White chocolate-papaya or spicebush aguas frescas? Dried corn and chili salad? White bean and oxtail soup, buffalo burgers, or beef tacos with New Mexican red chili and a mango mole? The various offerings tempt even the most jaded and perhaps the least daring patron. Each turn of the calendar offers more treats to keep people intrigued.