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Fun restaurant for kids

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My kids (ages 11 & 13) and I are going to be visiting DC in August. I'd like to find a fun restaurant for one of nights that will be there. They aren't picky about cuisine (will try almost anything) but I'd like to find something that will have a fun atmosphere. Any suggestions?

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  1. Comet Ping Pong has very good pizza and ping pong tables.

    1. Comet Ping Pong has pizza and ping pong tables, which might be fun for your family.

      A more higher end, yet still moderately priced option, might be Central. Really good American bistro-style food. The owner/chef Michel Richard is one of DC's best chefs and this is his more affordable restaurant. He is very playful with his cuisine which could be fun in a less obvious way.

      1. I agree with Comet Ping Pong. And here are a few more: Five Guys Burger and Fries was born in D.C. - might be fun to go see the original. For chain themed you've got Hard Rock Cafe, Johnny Rockets, and Planet Hollywood but the food is just so-so at all three of them. Non-chain suggestions are The Grist Mill, Ella's Pizza, Elephant & Castle (a British pub), Jettie's for sandwiches, Commissary for a little bit of everything, including healthier, Surfside for tex-mex (owned by the same people as Jetties), Hill Country BBQ, and Carmine's for Italian.

        1. Ethiopian. You eat with your fingers. Go to Etete right near the U St/Cardozo Metro Stop. Get the vegetarian paltter, some derek tibs, and add fish to the platter for just a few bucks. A terrific meal.

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          1. re: Steve

            Great idea Steve!

            1. re: RestaurantMom

              That is a good idea, but consider Zenebech Injera instead. It's far better than Etete these days.