Ethnic food with children in Annapolis
Here's a challenge: I am taking two boys, ages 10 and 12, to dinner Saturday, and I am not familiar with Annapolis dining. The boys almost never get to eat out, and if they do it's a low-end chain restaurant. Anything too fancy might make them uncomfortable for them, as they are shy. They get plenty of Mexican food at home. The older boy is really curious about foreign food and cultures, so I'm thinking Asian or .... hmmm. Anything interesting that they don't get to try in their daily lives.
I don't know much about what they like or how adventurous they are, so whatever restaurant I choose should have a range of options.
If you're already in Annapolis sightseeing, all of these are in the historic district. But Saturday nights do get busy. If interested search this board. Enjoy!
French: Cafe Normandie
Japanese/Sushi: Joss Cafe
Italian: La Piccola Roma, Osteria 177, Marias
A few blocks down West Street, on the other side of Church Circle:
Thai: Lemongrass (gets crowded)
Well for better or worse, we're feeling the after-effects of the Northeast winter storm. The ice should melt later today, but the coldness could keep some revellers away from the area. That being said, you may still want to try Lemongrass. It's a number of blocks away from the historic district on West Street, and there's a parking garage conveniently located behind it.
I wound up taking the boys to Sakura tonight -- cheesy Benihana-like place off Defense Highway. They had an absolute blast and said it was the most fun restaurant they'd ever seen, and couldn't stop talking about how the chef set things on fire and tossed around eggs and knifes and shrimp. My stomach aches from the mediocre food, but the kids enjoyed every bite and ate (for them) adventurously.
Ya know, in the end having fun is really all that matters. So, if the kids enjoyed the food, and they loved the entertainment, it accomplished your goal.
Admittedly, my son (at age 2) is quite an adventurous eater already because we cook a lot of different ethnic foods at home. (He enjoyed Pho for dinner last night and will probably have Sauerbratten and Spaetzle tonight.) Just start small, and your kids will come to naturally expand their palate and learn to enjoy more variety in their diet.
And if you can get them into the kitchen and cook WITH you, all the better. You will find them more willing to try new foods if they are something they helped to prepare in the kitchen.
These aren't my kids, but rather children I know through work whom I wanted to thank for helping me with a project. Their mom doesn't have the money to take them out to dinner, so just going out was excitement for them. I'm an avid cook and adventurer and I fully expect my future kids to develop a broad palate and kitchen skills -- or else!