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Foodie family with young kids needs dinner recs in Dupont/Adams Morgan/Foggy Bottom/Georgetown

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  • gab Apr 19, 2011 06:30 PM
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We are coming this weekend with three kids ages 8 and under so looking for places for dinner (we'll probably end up eating bfast in our hotel and lunch on-the-go). We lived in DC for five years pre-kids so we know the city well but can't say the same about any restaurants that have opened up in the last decade. Open to pretty much any kind of cuisine that is not spicy. We're staying at 24th and M so would prefer Dupont or Adams Morgan locations but could also do Foggy Bottom or Georgetown.

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  1. Some ideas:
    Pizza Paradiso -- 2 options, one on P street near Dupont Circle and one on M street in Georgetown. Neither take reservations, but if you go on the earlier side, you should be fine.
    Thunder Burger -- on M street in Georgetown. Lots of kid friendly options.
    Surfside -- In Glover Park. Pretty good Mexican food and a roof top eating area (if it's nice out).
    Hank's Oyster Bar -- Dupont. They don't take reservations, but you should be ok on the earlier side.
    2 Amy's -- Cathedral area. Pizza place... always lots of families there.

    Hank's Oyster Bar
    1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

    1. NYers need to either lower their expectations or expend a tiny bit of energy to get something really great.

      Grab a cab and get to Fast Gourmet at 14th and W. It's a sandwich shop inside a gas station (but a very NICE sandwich shop) where the Uraguayan brothers prepare an excellent chivito (a must order) as well as an impressive cubano. Surprisingly large menu with specials too.

      Actually the name of the place is only half right. There is nothing fast about it. They lovingly craft every sandwich and they take their time doing it.


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      1. re: Steve

        Hi. Thanks for the recommendations, but why the bitterness?

        I know there is no need to lower my expectations for DC food because I lived there for five years and in that time had many excellent meals and was exposed to so many different cuisines that you don't find in most other cities.

        Your pick sounds intriguing and I hope to try it!

        1. re: gab

          I apologize for sounding bitter. The immediate area in question is problematic for getting great food for families. I adore the margherita pizza and Italian small plates at 2 Amys as mentioned above, but it's not really close by. At that point, you could really open up to all kinds of possibilities.

          I also like the Atomica pizza (with spicy salami) at Pizza Paradiso, but without the salami it's a bit boring. Plus I think you have some decent pizza in NY.

          Also there is a decent place called Nooshi for pan-Asian noodles and sushi (hence the name), walking distance, but again I think this will be pretty lame choice for you.

          I have found lots of great choices for food in the DC area. I am very pleased with what I have here, but I also travel around quite a bit to get that food.

          Thanks for helping me keep it real.

          Nooshi Restaurant
          1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC

          1. re: Steve

            I used to love Pizzeria Paradiso when I lived in DC, especially the potato/pesto/Parmesan pizza. Hopefully we'll have time to get there during our trip.

            Your Nooshi suggestion makes me think of a place I used to love in DC called Pan-Asian Noodles and Grill. It was on P Street if my memory serves me correctly.

            What's the area around 14th and W like?

            Pizzeria Paradiso
            3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            Nooshi Restaurant
            1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC

            1. re: gab

              Well, it's not far from 14th and U, which is the epicenter of the trendy U Street neighborhood. Lots of high-end restaurants, bars, and some stores (high-end furniture on 14th St, between U and P; a couple boutiques and such on U Street and 14th St). This area has changed a lot since you lived here and is worth a walk around, but the real draw is the nightlife.
              If you come for the sandwich, that is a hole in the wall kind of experience, but very very tasty. You could grab dessert at U Scream I Scream on U St (surprisingly good gelato), or get chocolate treats at the wacky ACKC on 14th St (and Q).

              For your original post, I would consider the following kid-friendly spots, all new places:
              Maoz - very casual, modern felafel place on M and 19th
              Nando's Peri Peri - roast chicken fast-casual'ish, M and Connecticut (nearby)
              Kabob House - high quality Afghan kabobs, with a kiddie plate option (love it), on P, between 21st and 20th

              1. re: gab

                14th St has changed so much in recent years, as has U St. This is clearly spillover from that. If you go, the gas station will be a shock to see at first, because in no way does it look like it could house anything at all. This is truly a hidden gem. I have no worries about taking my family there, and the U St corridor is filled with lots of restaurants and nightlife. Get the chivito, seriously.

        2. I would also add in Firefly the chef has kids and is really great about being family friendly.

          1. Also wanted to add that in Georgetown I love Tacklebox (they just put one in somewhere else too?) I really like the grilled bluefish and fish tacos. I don't really care for their lobster roll though. Very family friendly.

            In between Dupont and Adam's Morgan is Regent Thai, there is also Rice closer to 14th and U, which both have spicy and non spicy items.

            Dino in Cleaveland Park is great and very all around friendly, it is not too far from your targeted area. And there is Hank's Oyster Bar too, not sure if it was previously mentioned. Sorry my Dupont knowledge is limited...

            Hank's Oyster Bar
            1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

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            1. re: ktmoomau

              They're opening another Tacklebox in Cleveland Park. I must say, I hadn't tried the Georgetown one in a while, and I visited last week. Pretty tasty, but awfully expensive! I guess it's unusual to be able to eat fish for $10 or $12, but the servings were so small!! I don't think I'll be returning, I just don't think it's a good bargain. But if you are less price sensitive, it's a good place, especially for kids.

              1. re: hamster

                Some things are better bargains than others, for instance the tacos are 2 for $8, 3 for $11 and a good size, if you get the maine meal you get fish plus 2 sides for $13.50 and the portions are pretty good you get a whole filet, I love the broccoli here, they do it on the grill and it just has so much flavor, and I am not a big broccoli person, but theirs is good and a huge portion. I also like the hush puppies, but I find the mac and cheese a little soupy, good flavor, but soupy. I never get the rolls, I think those are overpriced for what you get. But yeah you have to know what to order here.

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  OK, thanks for the tips. Maybe I'll give the new Cleveland Park one a shot once it opens. I had the lunch meal - fish and one side, and I got the fried green tomatoes. I just did not feel anywhere near full at the end of the meal. Will try some of your recs.
                  Have you compared to the fish tacos at Surfside in Glover Park? They are ridiculously huge. And tasty.

                  1. re: hamster

                    No but it is on one of the top of my list places to try in the area!