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Dec 3, 2011 12:40 PM

Washington, D. C; two 11 year old boys + Grandparents

Hi all, could use your help. If we were to take our Grandson and a friend for a 2-3 day visit
to Washington, D. C., what arrangements for Kosher food could you suggest? Also, is there
a particular hotel/motel that would be close to some of these eateries? We would have no trouble
finding plenty to do, but the food part baffles me. Breakfasts not a problem: cereal/milk/juice in motel/hotel kitchen.

Are there museums that have Kosher cafeterias? Grateful for any and all suggestions.

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  1. I forgot a big detail. OUr grandson does not eat meat. At all. Maybe that makes it easier; but
    it still feels daunting.

    1. There are a lot of threads here discussing the merits of D.C. restaurants.

      Teh two that are Kosher are Eli's Deli in DuPont Circle, and Distrik Cafe at the JCC. You can check out the menus online, both have fish and veggie options.

      There are D.C. hotels with kitchenettes. One of the big chains has one on P just west of DuPont Circle. Check google maps and you can check locations.

      A museum in Washington with a kosher cafeteria? I only wish. The significant thing to know is that the Smithsonian cafeterias welcome tourists to bring their own sandwiches.

      1. The Holocaust museum has some prepackaged kosher stuff in their cafeteria:

        1. If you have a car you MUST take the boys to the "other" air and space museam. It is so wonderful! To keep this semi chpow friendly - they have a large treif cafateria that many bring theri own food to for lunch. Pack sandwhiches, buy a coke and enjoy lunch.

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          1. re: Prettypoodle

            Was in DC last Jan on winter break with our 10 yr old son & 15 yr old daughter - Went to Eli's
            A little $$ but well worth it- Soups were great - the "Burger & fries Kids meal" was extremely large . Just a good meal on a cold day - the only thing bad was trying to find a parking spot- ( the street signs are just bizarre ) Met the owner & he told us that he also owns a Dairy /Pizza place in Silver Spring- (don't remember name) BTW-you are just an hour away from Baltimore & there is plenty to eat there Good Luck

            Good luck

          2. DC is easier to get around without a car. The metro goes almost everywhere and taxis are expensive but easy to find. Cheaper than parking.

            My family loves Eli's. Avoid the deli and go for the cooked food.

            Stay in Georgetown (more $$$) or Arlington (less $$$, but then you need to take more Metro trips) in a hotel with a kitchenette. Some even have suites, which is much cheaper and safer than getting 2 rooms.

            Siena Pizza is a good pizza/dairy place in Silver Spring accessible by Metro with about a 15 minute walk at the end. There are other options in Silver Spring but you'll need a car.

            Another option if you are going during the school year is the 5th Avenue deli at George Washington University (on J St.) or the University of Maryland kosher facility in College Park, both accessible by Metro and some walking. Not sure if they're open during the winter break but they are open when college classes are in session. Can't hurt to show the boys what a college kosher facility is like.

            There is a Trader Joe's in Georgetown that had kosher bread last time I was there, and the usual TJ's stuff like humus and veggie burgers. Some of their yogurts are kosher as well, and they have those boxed soups.

            We love DC (we have another trip coming up in April.) Always something new to see.

            Note: The hotel and restaurant taxes are amazingly high so be sure to budget for that.
            Also: Some of the coolest stuff (like the Bureau of Engraving) require advance reservations. White House tours require a group sponsored by a member of Congress (difficult but not impossible to arrange) and tours of the House and Senate are arranged by calling your congressman's office.