Buttigieg spotted posing with restaurant staff after DC breakfast

SPOTTED: Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE showing some love to the D.C. restaurant workers who whipped up his grub.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was eyed Thursday posing for a snapshot with the cooking pros at Carmine's restaurant in Washington. 

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After delivering remarks and shaking hands at a breakfast event at the Italian hot spot, an ITK spy says Buttigieg asked the general manager to bring the entire kitchen staff out. 

"He apparently makes it a point to thank the people who make the food for his events," a source who was there tells ITK.