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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.

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            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

                1. What about the mall?
                  Tysons One has Brio's and Coastal Flats
                  TGI Fridays.
                  I'd Pick Coastal Flats.
                  Galleria has Cheesecake Factory, Maggianos, and PF Chengs.
                  Maggianos might be good with kids, pasta always popular.
                  Amphora in Vienna is average. Not great, likewise with Joe's Pizza.
                  Pulcinellas in McLean has good pizza and excellent Gnocchi.
                  My votes would be Pulcinellas,Coastal Flats,Maggianos,PF Chengs.

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                  1. re: keithlb1

                    i think pulcinella's pizza is gloppy. would not recommend. does seem popular with kids, though. my friend loves coastal flats.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Went to Pulcinella for lunch today with my wife. My second time and her first time. My first time was 3 or 4 years ago. The verdict: we're never going back. My linguine with clam sauce had no flavor (at least the clams were fresh), her lasagna was a gloppy mess, and our pizza was just okay. It's not expensive and it's not offensive, so I can see the appeal for families.

                  2. Here are a few that we take the fam to:

                    Church Street Pizza, Vienna - Not too much seating, put great (for the area) NY style pizza.

                    Coastal Flats and Sweetwater Tavern - Great American Restaurants (Local Chain) with good food and crayons, etc. Call b4 heading to Sweetwater. Coastal Flats isn't too bad on the wait and you can browse the mall.

                    Taste of Saigon - Vietnamese near Tysons II. It looks fancier than it is. Kids won't be a problem. (Mine aren't).

                    Tachibana - Japanese in McLean. Staff have always been great with my kids, willing to bring pieces of tofu for them, etc. Now my daughter picks the tuna out of a tuna roll.

                    Cafe Delux - American near Tysons I. Crayons and white paper tablecloths to draw on.

                    Of course, with all of these recommendations, I assume that you will be arriving early (5-5:30) and bringing with you appropriate coloring/sticker/activity books and helping to monitor the kids.

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                    1. re: DC Taco


                      Noodles and co.- big bowls of everything from mac n cheese to pad thai. oh so goood. VERY busy at peak lunch hours... go at 2pm!

                      1. re: Aphioni

                        Noodles is what I would have recommended- off peak hours. very kid friendly and casual and that mac n cheese is xlent with flank steak! Amphora is another great recommendation above. big diverse menu.