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kallisti Feb 24, 2011 10:25 AM

My friends are in from out of town with their 6-month old, and we're having dinner near their hotel -- the Residence Inn near Logan Circle.

I know there are a bunch of restaurants in the area, but is there a place that'd be kid-friendly? DC Coast, Posto, Birch & Barley -- all not options cause they don't seem particularly kid-friendly to me, unless you want to tell me otherwise :)

Thanks in advance!

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DC Coast Restaurant
1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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    Elyssa Feb 28, 2011 07:34 AM

    I've actually seen kids a few times at Posto so I imagine it would be kid friendly.

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      kallisti Feb 27, 2011 12:38 PM

      Yes, right, Thomas Circle.

      We unfortunately couldn't go early, ended up going late, and tried Old Ebbitt Grill at someone's suggestion -- it was packed, and we couldn't wait. So we walked most of the way back to the hotel, and ended up at Casa Blanca, which is a Mexican/Peruvian/Salvadoran place almost across the street from it on Vermont. It was actually pretty good! Arroz con pollo was wonderfully seasoned and huge, and mmm fried plantains.

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      Old Ebbitt Grill
      675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

      Casa Blanca Restaurant
      1014 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        Steve Feb 27, 2011 08:21 PM

        It's good to know that Casa Blanca is still there.

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        Casa Blanca Restaurant
        1014 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          Raids Mar 1, 2011 12:44 PM

          I've had a soft spot for them ever since they delivered beer to my apartment. The food is surprisingly decent.

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        moosy Feb 25, 2011 10:46 AM

        Commissary is very kid friendly

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          Elyssa Feb 28, 2011 07:34 AM

          Yes but the food is God awful!

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            Raids Mar 1, 2011 12:43 PM

            Really? I used to live right over there and must have eaten there a few dozen times, and I would actually not say that. I'd put it right on par with Clyde's.

            Logan Tavern - by the same owners - offends me more because it's priced up to be as good as Birch and Barley, and isn't any better than Commissary. Although when I was back in the neighborhood last week, I went to Stoney's, which is kid-friendly before 9pm in the back area also, IMO.

            Funny, never been to Posto. I don't think Birch and Barley would be an appropriate place to bring kids for dinner.

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              Elyssa Mar 1, 2011 01:38 PM

              I've been to Commissary twice and had to stop going for anything except coffee because it was just so bad. I had one pasta dish that must have had jarred tomato sauce---and not even the good Paul Newman stuff. Very, very disappointing. I think Clyde's is much better.

              I haven't been to Logan Tavern in a couple years but I remember it even being better than Commissary. In general I think the restaurant group that owns Logan Tavern and Commissary really doesn't try very hard. The only place I would consider going is Grillfish. I live down the street and use to get take out from there when I was too lazy to cook but wanted something healthy. It's good enough---but far from great.

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              Grillfish
              1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

              Logan Tavern
              1423 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                Raids Mar 2, 2011 04:19 AM

                Ha! The coffee was the one thing that I thought was terrible!

                I've mostly had brunch, burgers, and sandwiches there, and all were decent, as was the pizza. I just looked over the dinner menu and realized that I have never once eaten one of the entrees listed there, so I will take your word for it and consider myself warned. :-)

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          Elyssa Feb 28, 2011 07:36 AM

          Actually a child that age would be much better in most restaurants compared to a 3 year old who is much more mobile and you would have to feed.

          I think Posto would be fine. Also a little further up on 14th St, Cafe St. Ex would be fine as well. I have a friend who lives in that area and she brings her baby to a bunch of restaurants and has never had an issue. I think her only problem was negotiating a stroller around Estadio.

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            kallisti Feb 28, 2011 08:31 AM

            Thanks for the info. The poor kid was so off schedule that she didn't know what was going on and was pretty fussy most of the time, so I was glad we didn't end up some nicer place.

          2. DanielK Feb 24, 2011 07:06 PM

            FWIW, that's Thomas Circle, not Logan Circle.

            In that immediate area, I think DC Coast is fine, Mio as well. Just go early, and be prepared to take the wee one outside if they get loud. Birch and Barley is decidedly not kid friendly.

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            DC Coast Restaurant
            1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            Mio Restaurant
            1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            Birch and Barley
            1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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              kelewis Feb 25, 2011 10:45 AM

              We took our kids to Birch and Barley for brunch a couple of weekends ago -- admittedly a different crowd than dinner -- and didn't have any issue. Ours are older (9 and 7), but we actually thought it was pretty user-friendly for kids at that time of day.

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              Birch and Barley
              1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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