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rgfoodie May 18, 2009 03:10 PM

Does anyone have any information on the Kids restaurant week? I found a couple things from googling, but I am planning a trip there with an 11 year old boy who is an adventurous (and well behaved) diner. Are there any that both nephew and aunt will enjoy?

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    Elyssa Jun 11, 2009 08:56 AM

    So has anyone participated in the Kids Restaurant Week? I think it's a great idea but I'm interested in hearing how it has been executed.

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    1. re: Elyssa
      DanielK Jun 11, 2009 10:23 AM

      It hasn't started yet! June 13-21.

      1. re: DanielK
        Elyssa Jun 11, 2009 10:51 AM

        Gotcha...Clearly I wasn't paying enough attention since I'm kid-less. :)

        1. re: Elyssa
          DanielK Jun 15, 2009 08:36 PM

          Ate at Dino tonight for Kids RW. I've been many times before, and have brought my kids there, so I knew that we'd have a great meal, and that my kids would easily find something to eat.

          My 9-year-old daughter ordered the prosciotto and mozzarella appetizer, and licked the plate clean. I tried to get her to order something more interesting, but she went with grilled chicken strips with tomato sauce for her main. Oh well, can't win them all.

          My 11-year-old son started with the Calamari Fritti, and then had the Wild Boar Fettucini. Now, we were certainly drawn in by the Kids RW special, but I really should have let him order off the adult menu or at least add an appetizer. The menu is for under 12, he's 2 weeks short of 12, and typically eats more than I do at a meal (he's already my height). So that Wild Boar pasta was gone in 30 seconds flat, so he ate down the bread basket twice, and then picked off both my and my wife's plates until he was "not starving anymore". And yes, he still had a snack when we got home.

          I had the Gamberoni Croccante to start, and the f**cking unbelievable Lombata di Maialino for my main. Swoon.... My wife had the predictably great Burrata to start, and the Lingcod for her main.

          Dino is always a sure hit, and they definitely do RW and similar promotions right.

          3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008

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      Jeserf May 20, 2009 05:53 AM

      Do we have to bring kids?

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      1. re: Jeserf
        Doh May 20, 2009 05:59 AM

        I'd be happy to lend you one.

        1. re: Doh
          Jeserf May 20, 2009 06:07 AM

          yeah, never,

          1. re: Jeserf
            keithlb1 May 20, 2009 07:33 AM

            Most restaurants in the city tend to cater to a business crowd and people celebrating a special occasion. I can't really see to many places other than those close to the hotels and mall area offering kids specials. They're usually busy and have to adjust staffing in both front and back of the house to accommodate an influx of hurried and hot impatient
            families with kids that don't have enough patience to sit through a 3 course meal.
            I think it's novel that restaurants try and include kids but the execution in places that don't normally see a lot of children in their booths is going to be a tough pill to swallow for the staff and their regular clientele.

            1. re: keithlb1
              Jeserf May 20, 2009 07:34 AM

              I just wanna know if I have to have a child at my table to participate :)

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                jerseygirldawn Jun 11, 2009 08:49 AM

                i would not think so.

                1. re: Jeserf
                  DanielK Jun 11, 2009 10:25 AM

                  Actually, several restauranteurs have chimed in and said, yes, you DO need to have a child at your table to participate in the promotion.

                  I would call ahead and check if you plan on trying to take advantage of the promotion without bringing an under-12-year-old along.

                2. re: keithlb1
                  DanielK May 20, 2009 08:02 AM

                  Speak for yourself on what kids can do in restaurants, and what restaurants can do for kids. I've brought mine to many great restaurants in this city, and since they've been going to restaurants since they were a week old, they know how to behave. I don't need a kids menu; they can share a meal, get a half-order of pasta, eat off my plate, etc.

                  While we probably will take advantage of this promotion, Dean Gold (Dino) can attest to how I deal with this. Not only have I brought my kids to his place many times (with no kids menu available), he's dined out with my kids and I elsewhere, and he's never seen them order off a kids menu!

                  1. re: DanielK
                    keithlb1 Jun 15, 2009 07:20 AM

                    I think that's great but you are probably not in the majority on that.
                    A lot of parents take their kids restaurants and attempt to make the staff cater to their kids weird sense of taste and eating habits. You are to be commended for taking the time to expose your children to proper restaurant etiquette.

                    Back on subject you can go to www.kidsrestaurantweek.com click Washington Dc and they have all the information you need.

                    1. re: keithlb1
                      DanielK Jun 15, 2009 01:22 PM

                      Perhaps, but I was responding to what I felt was an unfair generalization.

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                        Mawrter Jul 6, 2009 07:10 PM


            2. re: Jeserf
              deangold May 20, 2009 07:56 AM


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                Jeserf May 20, 2009 08:56 AM

                boo that stinks! But at least I know - thanks!

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              DCNatFan May 19, 2009 06:11 PM

              Here is what the Washington Post is reporting are the places participating to date.
              Participating restaurants include:
              Art and Soul
              Asia Nine
              Beacon Street Bar and Grill
              Cafe du Parc
              Juniper at the Fairmont
              Mie N Yu
              M Street Bar and Grill
              Palette at Loews
              The Hay-Adams and Zola

              Pretty pathetic showing. Hopefully more will jump on board.

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              1. re: DCNatFan
                rgfoodie May 19, 2009 06:30 PM

                I don't really know DC restaurant scene...anything interesting above? We will probably want to stay near the sights downtown. Thanks!

                1. re: rgfoodie
                  DanielK May 19, 2009 07:34 PM

                  Art and Soul is new and has been getting some buzz, but not convenient to downtown. Cafe du Parc is quite nice, as is Zola; the rest are nothing special.

                  I'm sure the list will get longer.

                  1. re: rgfoodie
                    Elyssa May 19, 2009 07:49 PM

                    Out of that list I would choose Art and Soul, Firefly or Zola.

                  2. re: DCNatFan
                    DCNatFan May 20, 2009 01:21 PM

                    List of participating restaurants from Open Table:
                    Art and Soul
                    Asia Nine Bar and Lounge
                    Beacon Bar and Grill
                    Belga Cafe
                    Cafe Du Parc
                    Finn & Porter - Washington D.C.
                    Firefly - DC
                    Juniper at the Fairmont Washington DC
                    M Street Bar & Grill
                    Mie N Yu
                    Taberna del Alabardero

                    1. re: DCNatFan
                      DanielK May 20, 2009 01:49 PM

                      I would consider Art & Soul, Cafe Du Parc, Dino, and Zola.

                      Taberna is outstanding, but they have done a poor job on Restaurant Week promotions, so I'd be wary of their offering here.

                    2. re: DCNatFan
                      Jacey Jun 11, 2009 10:29 AM

                      Mie N Yu would be a fun place for kids. Zola would come in second.

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                      rgfoodie May 19, 2009 05:50 PM

                      Seems like it is so close without knowing more about this super, super idea! Thanks for your responses! I have signed up for the updates, so hope to hear more soon!

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                        deangold May 18, 2009 08:11 PM


                        June 13 thru June 21 from 5 to 7 pm. The restaurants participating will offer a menu for $29 for parents and kids over 11. There will also be a special menu for kids 11 and under where you will pay the kid's age for three courses. The list of participating restaurants will be on open table soon.

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                        1. re: deangold
                          DanielK May 18, 2009 10:16 PM

                          I'm assuming they'll post a complete list of participating restaurants on the official website: http://www.kidsrestaurantweek.com/dc.asp

                          1. re: DanielK
                            Doh May 19, 2009 06:09 AM

                            You can also give them your email address if you want them to send you updates.

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