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Mar 14, 2008 04:49 PM

Good place for lunch/dinner with kids in Tysons/Vienna/Mclean area

Title pretty much says it all. We have friends coming to visit and there will be 4 adults and 4 kids (ages 7 to 4 months old). We need somewhere kid friendly. Any suggestions.

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  1. Vienna:
    - Vienna Inn
    - Foster's Grill
    - Pan Am family restaurant

    You could also probably get away with Sweetwater pretty well.

    1. Rose Restaurant in Vienna is probably the area's best Persian cuisine. Very informal, delicious food including kabobs, basmati rice, lamb shank, stuffed grape leaves, and especially the savory stews. My favorite dish is the gheymeh: a pot of beef, onions,lentils and potato sticks. Ask if they have their cherry drink, the kids'll love it.

      1. My kids like the Amphora (we do, too!).

        1. Plaka in Vienna. New-ish Greek-style food that is outstanding. Young chef. Not full service: go to counter and place order and they bring it to you. Not many seats. I think they've been open 3 or 4 months and they will soon have to expand to handle business; when they do they say they'll go full service. Place is well lit, kids welcome, and the food is worth the trip. Liquor license pending. Cost of a meal: $10 to $15 including tax and tip.

          6 Replies
            1. re: alkapal

              I've been there 3 or 4 times and had something different each time, but haven't gotten around to the gyros yet. I've been eying the Gyros, and they say they construct their meat on the spit piece by piece (they don't buy it pre-made from a supplier). Each of the meals I've had have been gyro-like, that is, a bread wrap (really good), with lettuce, tomatoes and the Greek sauce, but the meat was either chicken or pork or a Greek sausage, not the gyro meat.

              1. re: Potomac Bob

                Where is Plaka? I really want to try it. I've been to the Greek Grill a few times, also another good place for kids in Vienna. It's a family run place with waiter service (though they do a good take out business). Not the best greek food I've ever had, but I like the feel of the place, with granmda in the kitchen and the grandson waiting tables.

                1. re: Potomac Bob

                  can you see the gyro meat on the spit? is it a large or medium spit, in your experience? i am really desperate for a good gyro.

              2. re: Potomac Bob

                Got around to having the gyro at Plaka. They offer a 'traditional' lamb gyro of pre-formed mystery meat like a lot of other places, and they also have sliced pork loin on a spit. The pork is quite lean and orderly on the spit, not like some fantastic places I've seen in Europe where it looks like large cuts of animal stacked high in a clumsy but crispy array of meat and dripping fat. The pork gyro turns out to be tasty if a bit plain and very oily. A side of hummos was ordinary and not served with enough bread.

                However, both soups I tried were excellent, particularly the lentil, which was one of the most satisfying I've ever had. The augolemeno soup was terrific also. Lots of promise here if they expand their menu to include stews and other items.

                1. re: Steve

                  thanks for the report, steve. so plaka looks like a gyro-scopic failure. ;-(

              3. We have a 2 year old and listed below are some of our go to places in Vienna. The food is not exactly gourmet, but very child friendly:

                Anita's - Nice Sante Fe style tex mex. No wait even on weekends.
                Joe's Place - local chain. Pizza/Pasta buffet during lunch and on certain nights
                Skopios - Small place, but tasty food.

                Also, all of the places at Tyson's 1 and 2 are pretty much child friendly as well. This includes Coastal Flats (T1), Cheesecake Factory (T2), PF Chiangs (T2), Legal Seafood (T2).

                Anita's New Mexico Style Mxcn
                521 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180

                Skorpios Maggio's Family
                421 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180

                Joes Place Pizza & Pasta
                435 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180