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Good Family Friendly Place close to the National Zoo

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I am looking for a place to take my wife and daughter (5) after a visit to the zoo. I was thinking Bucks Fishing and Camping (that we have never been to), but wanted to get some other recommendations.

Any and all cuisines are welcome. Thank you

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  1. For rustic Italian you can go to Dino (I see kids there quite often...what kid wouldn't want a giant meatball with polenta). For pan-Asian you can also try Spices.

    1. We always go to 2 Amy's for awesome Neapolitan pizza on our way home from the zoo. It's not walking distance, but probably about 2 miles.

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      1. re: kcb203

        2 Amys is the obvious, best choice. For dinner, Ardeo would work, too.

      2. If you're going to head over to CT Ave, Comet Ping Pong is more family-friendly (she can even play ping pong before or after dinner). Otherwise, I like the Spices rec or, if the kiddo is tired and not up for a sit-down meal, don't underestimate the deliciousness of Vace's pizza.

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        Comet Ping Pong
        5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        Vace
        7601 Airpark Rd Ste A, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

        1. for what it is worth, my niece and family recently went to "zoo cafe" (is that the name?). they were not happy with it.

          1. I agree with Spices - it's great for kids. While I often see kids at Dino, in my opinion, it's not a GREAT kids pot simply because the tables are close. Maybe before 7PM it's "ok", but to me the tables are too close because not everyone wants to eat at a nice restaurant next to a kid (of course, some are better behaved, and everyone thinks theirs is well behaved:) )

            But I think Spices is a great choice (and to me, has yummy food - I love their papaya salad). Also next to 2 Amys is Cactus Cantina which is great for kids.

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            Cactus Cantina
            3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016