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dotrat Jun 15, 2008 11:17 AM

I will be visiting DC in July with my husband & children & enjoying many of the standard tourist attractions. As people who love food we're wondering if there are any great family friendly lunch/dinner spots nearby those attractions? We are happy to take the metro to Adams Morgan or another neighborhood if the food is worth it. We will be dining with children so we wouldn't be interested in anything too upscale but ethnic (ethiopian) food is fine, a place where we could enjoy some crab or a loud brasserie would suit our needs. Price isn't really an issue. Thanks for your suggestions.

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    dcfoodie13 RE: dotrat Jun 15, 2008 11:49 AM

    For ethnic cuisine, I would recommend Miss Saigon on M Street in Georgetown. The Vietnamese food is excellent and before or after dinner you can walk up and down M Street and Wisconsin which would be fun and 'touristy'.

    There are a couple new trendy brasserie's in the area which I think you could bring children to (primarily since the atmosphere is already somewhat loud). Central and Brasserie Beck fit this description and both have excellent food. If you enjoy beer, definitely go to Beck - they even will do beer pairings with your meal.

    Another family friendly place to try would be Matchbox for burgers and pizza near Chinatown.

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      DCDOLL RE: dotrat Jun 15, 2008 11:54 AM

      You might consider an afternoon at the zoo and then walk to either Woodley Park (downhill) or Cleveland Park (uphill but not hugely). Both have metro stations to take you back to your hotel. Woodley Park has a couple good food options: Lebanese taverna, primi piatti (italian), petits plats (french), and a couple indian places. Most have outdoor seating. Cleveland park is a local restaurant treasure...2 irish pubs, lavandou (french), Yanni (greek), indique (indian), dino (italian) and a new tapas place whose name escapes me. Adams morgan also has some good ethnics east, esp ethiopian but there's no metro there. Woodley Park and dupont circle are closest but at least a 15 mn walk each, maybe more w/ kids.

      Cabs here just switched to meters (they were zoned) and are probably more budget friendly than they used to be and can be a Godsend when you are tired & hot. If you are on the mall, the Mitsitam cafe in the native amerian museum has wonderful 'food of the americas' that your kids would probably love (southwestern, south american, etc)

      1. ktmoomau RE: dotrat Jun 15, 2008 04:00 PM

        You might search threads for kid friendly there are normally a good amount of these threads which have some good tasty options. For the crab: you can get crabcakes at the Eastern Market at Market Lunch which is not a bad walk (but with kids it would be an easy metro or cab to the capital. Hank's Oyster Bar sometimes has crab preperations right now they have softshells I am sure they will switch to something else soon. You might check this recent thread for a crabhouse: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528102
        or also maybe Cantina Marina, I have never been but I think they do crabs.

        During the weekday near the White House, breadline is great for sandwiches that are interesting and salads and etc. Gallery Place/Chinatown is a short walk from the mall so you might research that area. Good pizza for lunch at Matchbox (the wait at dinner is out of this world). There is good food in the cafe of the Newseum if you are going there, in addition to Mitsam being good too. But there are lots of good suggestions above and lots in other threads. Also on Thursday if you are near Galleryplace Chinatown the Penn Quarter market has Dolcezza Gelato (they also have a store in Georgetown) it is probably my favorite frozen delight in DC.

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          dotrat RE: ktmoomau Jun 15, 2008 08:06 PM

          Thank you all!

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          Steve RE: dotrat Jun 16, 2008 06:38 PM

          My kids and I have really enjoyed the following places, all excellent Chowhound experiences:

          Queen Makeda, Ethiopian, not far from the U St/Cardozo Metro stop. Family run restaurant.

          Quarterdeck, in Rosslyn, Virginia for picking steamed crabs. Mesquite grilled shrimp is a MUST order.

          The Lounge at Citronelle. Expensive, but what a treat! If you go early, you will probably see other families there.

          1. BigEats RE: dotrat Jun 17, 2008 07:52 AM

            Standard tourist attractions? Then by all means, don't miss the cafeteria at the American Indian Museum, at least for lunch. Extremely kid-friendly! And you can "tour" the regions with ethnic Indian foods -- maple turkey in the northeast, plank salmon in the northwest, bison burger and frybread in the Plains, etc. Don't miss it.

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              keithdcil RE: dotrat Jun 17, 2008 08:16 AM

              Matchbox near Portrait Gallery/Am. Art Museum for good miniburgers. Two Amy's near the National Cathedral for wonderful pizza. Dupont Grille (in the Jurys Hotel) near the Phillips Gallery has a good brunch. Tackle box in Georgetown for fried or grilled fish. Tony Chengs in Chinatown has mongolian barbque/buffet (also DimSum for lunch on sundays).

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                Jacey RE: keithdcil Jun 17, 2008 10:01 AM

                I actually think Ella's is more kid-friendly than Matchbox with similar food. Tacklebox is a good suggestion but don't take the kids to brunch at Dupont Grille...very overrated and expensive place for what you get (the set menu won't be a good deal with kids). You might like Kramer's across the street more. Not amazing food but some "fun" brunch options and a laidback atmosphere.

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                Jeserf RE: dotrat Jun 17, 2008 10:47 AM

                If you'll be in the Dupont area on a Sunday morning, get to the dupont market early and pick up some pastries for breakfast at Napoleon breads (mmm!), and stroll around. Another breakfast option might be teaism, though I've never had breakfast there (they have a few locations).

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                  DCDOLL RE: Jeserf Jun 22, 2008 04:48 AM

                  Their breakfast is great --- esp the cilantro scrambled eggs, along with a pot of tea...and of course a salty oat cookie if you eat all your breakfast...yum!

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                  fredid RE: dotrat Jun 24, 2008 05:57 AM

                  Another option at the Capitol, Museum of American Indian end of the mall (a bit of a walk, if your kids are young - maybe a quick bus ride? - less then half mile) is Taqueria Nacionale. Size of a hole in the wall, but more upscale, few seats but lawns nearby. Tasty tacos and frescas. and relatively inexpensive.

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                    chicken kabob RE: dotrat Jun 28, 2008 11:13 AM

                    My suggestion is MATCHBOX for the mouthwatering mini burgers & appetizer salad of apples, crumbled blue cheese, candied pecans-the pizzas look great, too. it is a block from the portrait gallery which should be on your must-do list.

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