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Jan 19, 2011 04:23 AM

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Help. Any reccomendations for Family friendly restaurants in the Wash. DC / Silver Spring area for next week ? Dairy and Meat please.

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  1. Eli's Deli just south of DuPont circle has a casual menu, (burgers , deli) and is family friendly. The food is good, but we are not talking fine dining.

    Pomegranate is the finest dining in the area. Small children are taken there, but if your kids are in a wild mood, you should head to one of the more casual places.

    It is also useful to know that all of the Smithsonian cafeterias welcome guests who bring their own food. So, you can pack sandwiches and eat them comfortably at any time of year.

    I'm quite sure that this board has had discussions of Eli's and Pomegranate and the more casual places in Silver Spring.

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      1. re: GilaB

        Was in Washington DC yesterday with 3 kids - Ate at Eli'S 1253 20th St. NW - Very nice place. Chicken noodle soup was real stock broth - the split pea was very flavor full with bits of franks -
        Mains came with a simple salad - the grilled salisbury steak with mashed potatoes was perfect ( need to take a nap when i finished) my wife had chicken fajita =great - my daughter had spaghetti & meatballs = just ok . & my sons had steak sub with fries = perfect
        the owner was there - a very hospitable Persian fellow - we spoke a little - his brother has a dairy pizza place in Rockville ,MD - Anyway the prices were a little high but we all had a wonderful meal after a full day of sightseeing

        1. re: caterman

          Don't forget that it's in a very expensive neighborhood and the restaurant tax is a ridiculous amount.

      2. The JCC has a restaurant again. This is useful and convenient for tourists and business travelers. Great location, I'll be there soon and see how the food is.

        1. Does it have to be *kosher* kosher? The Parkway Deli in Silver Spring is "New York Style," and for many years was the only deli worth talking about in DC. But it isn't kosher.

          If that won't do, here's a list of some other things:

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          1. re: Jay F

            Yes, the people on the kosher board tend to prefer that their food be kosher :)

            1. re: Jay F

              Thanks so much all, and esp. for the link.

              Yes, it does have to be Kosher, and under strict supervision as well. I do not observe Kashrut at all,
              but when these grandchildren are my responsibility I take
              our daughter's standards seriously.

              Unfortunately most of theDC places require a car,
              and we would not be able to drive at night even if we
              did have a car there. (Might go by train)

              1. re: Bashful3

                Pomagranate is closed. My mother had lunch at Eli's a couple of weeks ago and said it was absolutely horrible. I've heard that from many people recently.

                Bashful3- you are not the original poster, who posted about a year ago. Can you tell us where you are staying? There is a small middle-Eastern restaurant in Rockville called Cafe Shawreen which I believe is glatt kosher. It is not open on Saturday. The food is very good but it is a very casual place with no atmosphere.

                Here is another site that might help you:


                1. re: Just Visiting

                  I think I did post a while back; now we are planning to go
                  again with grandchild, but situation is complicated in that
                  we can't drive at night at all, and would be limited
                  to DC places on public transit. We might not even have a car.

                  Also, I have no clue
                  which hotel would be best, ie closest to a place to have dinner. Lunches are not a problem:Kosher pb & jelly made in hotel, any gov cafeteria would be fine for us.

                  But, dinnertime will be an issue, and that's what I need the
                  help with. That, and helping us choose the right hotel.

                  1. re: Bashful3

                    We had Shabbat delivered to DC by OFischels of Baltimore. Tons of food, enough for several days. We paid $100 per person and $100 delivery plus a little more for some extras. There are many hotels with kitchenettes and room for a family.

                    Maybe they would be able to deliver a few days of food for you to double wrap and warm up. It sounds expensive but if your group is large enough and you are there for several days it may pay.

                    I have stayed in 3 hotels with kitchenettes, one in Arlington, one in Georgetown and one right near the State Dept. All will cost $150-200 per night but that's cheaper than taking two rooms and depending on the age of the kids, better.

                    1. re: Bashful3

                      Sorry, you said you are only 3 people. I am sorry to hear about Eli's. We were there in April and it was fine.
                      Distrikt is very good but $$$.

                      Several places around the city sell kosher sandwiches. I have never had them but my kids said they are good not great.

                      George Washington University has a kosher deli. They are in the tourist area. U maryland Hillel has also. They are a bit out there but reachable by metro. College cafeterias will not be open during school breaks or over the summer.

                      Some of the places in Silver Spring are reachable by Metro if you are willing to walk 15 min. or so.

                      1. re: Bashful3

                        Having trouble with my ipad. Look at

                        Dont depend on theHolocaust Museum cafeteria. They dont always have kosher wrapped food.
                        I reviewed a hotel in tripadvisor. I am SoCal Mother there too.

                        1. re: Bashful3

                          Book a hotel very close to the JCC. There are several hotels around Logan Circle. This puts you a short walk form the Distrik Bistro, which has very good food. And from a large Whole Foods where you can get bread, cream cheese, fruit. All the museums are an easy walk or cab ride away.

                          If you need more than that, put a fridge in the room and have one of the suburban places deliver.