Washington DC Trip
My wife, 8 year old Son and I are visiting DC in April. We're staying at the State Plaza Hotel on E st. NW. can you give us some suggestions for lunch and dinner?
Main Tourist Haunts:
Capitol Hill- Good Stuff Eatery. Awesome milkshakes (toasted marshmallow, milky way), excellent mushroom burger, rosemary fries. I have not tried the hamburgers or the chili. That's the entire menu.
White House - Breadline - mid-week lunch only. Sandwich shop. Italian sausage sandwich, felafel, bbq, cubano, cheesesteak. All great.
National Cathedral - 2 Amys - margherita pizza, polpete, suppli, rapini
Near the museums - Jaleo or Zaytinya. Jaleo is Spanish small plates, Zaytinya is Greek/Turkish/Labaanese. at Jaleo, try the oxtail, spinach, asparagus, patatas bravas. At Zaytinya go for the apricot/carrot fritters, salmon, and the kibbe. At both, the kiddo should like the lemonade.
Chinatown - Full Kee. Duck stuffed with shrimp paste, oyster and ginger cassserole.
Old Town Alexandria, VA - Restaurant Eve, a VERY nice place, go for lunch. Bit of a splurge, but not very expensive. Worth it.
Georgetown: Georgetown Cupcakes. I lke the choc with vanilla icing.
As a parent and a Chowhound, I look for places that would thrill me, be at least acceptable for the kids, and not break the bank. Small plate places are GREAT for an eight year old as one order is enough for a meal and there is a ton of selection. Plus the lemonade is a clincher.
Breadline has pizza, egg salad, tuna salad, (not necessarily the best choices) and a bunch of other kid-friendly stuff. Again, it provides an inexpensive out while giving the Chowhound a no-compromise treat. Actually, the egg salad is a 'best in show.'
Of course, if a kid is going to be difficult, then that's a whole 'nother problem.
My recommendation is Founding Farmers (close to Georgetown.) The last 2 chowhounders with kids that I recommended to Founding Farmers commented afterwards that it was their very favorite during their visit in DC. Also, Matchbox is one of my personal favorites- THE BEST mini burgers- and they have pizzas, salads, etc.