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Eating out with 13 year old cousin

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My husband's young cousin is in town for a school field trip. We are going to try and have dinner with him during his jam packed schedule and were looking for something that's nicer than golden corral/buffet hell but friendly to the palate of the thirteen year old boy (he's probably a more adventurous eater than most since his mom is a total health nut and so he eats a variety of healthy veggies, fruits and grains at home), ie someplace that is nice but not too intimidating. I would love to go to founding farmers but I don't think that will work for his itinerary based on when I could get reservations on OpenTable.

Something in Foggy bottom/Farragut would be ideal but I'll take suggestions from other neighborhoods.

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    1. Burger Tap and shake has nice burgers that seem to be real food. District Commons.

      I am not a fan of Founding Farmers and I really not impressed at their bona fides as being Farm to Table. They really don't seem seasonal or support local or small agriculture. It just seems to be a marketing gimmick.

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      1. re: wineo1957

        BTS would probably be perfect for a 13 yr old boy, especially if he's forced to eat fruits and veggies all day. :) I wasn't a big fan of District Commons the one time we went, but maybe we ordered the wrong things (chicken and pork chop) - the bread was good though, but a bit annoyed they charged for it.

        I'd go to Bombay Club if he would be open to Indian or maybe Blue Duck Tavern.

        1. re: mdpilam

          I would go to District Commons or Ris.

        2. re: wineo1957

          I've eaten at FF twice and while i think their corporate approach to farm to table is probably exaggerated their food is tasty and there's lots of things that I think he would like.

        3. Tonic on the GW campus might fit your needs well.

          1. I can't think that even the best eater is going to enjoy a dining experience where he has to talk to adults. How about a Japanese Hibachi place where the chef does tricks with knives? What about a music or theme restauarant? The equivalent of NYC's Mars 2012. Like maybe Hard Rock Cafe, Lincoln, Zola, or O Street Museum. If he's into sports he may never have been in one of those sports bars with all the TV's everywhere. You could watch a basketball game over dinner!