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good retaurants for teens

scorcoran Nov 4, 2012 10:36 AM

brother coming to town with pre-teen and teen neices and nephews. looking for fun places to take them to eat, very dc-ish. I like Ted's Bullitan but looking for more suggestions, particularly on Capitol Hill, Gtown, or near downtown attractions. no chains, thanks for any suggestions!

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    dining with doc Nov 4, 2012 02:27 PM

    Depends on how adventurous the teens are but Matchbox, Carmine's, Two Amy's, Busboys and Poets are all good choices that are reasonably priced that most teenagers would enjoy.

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    1. re: dining with doc
      scorcoran Nov 5, 2012 01:11 PM

      not ethincally adventerous, but thanks for the great suggestions above! they are perfect!

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      KeithW Nov 4, 2012 02:35 PM

      I haven't been to Comet Ping Pong but you might want to consider it. It's outside of the locations you mentioned, however.


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      1. re: KeithW
        scorcoran Nov 5, 2012 01:14 PM

        great suggestion, thank you.

      2. d
        drewpbalzac Nov 4, 2012 05:58 PM

        Grafiato - pizzas and small plate by a tattooed Top Chef.

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          braver Nov 4, 2012 07:23 PM

          adventuresome eaters might like Ethiopian--there is a place in Georgetown (Das) but I think Etete or Dukem (near the U St. metro) are better. It's a cuisine few other parts of the country offer like we do. Also near the other U St. metro exit is Ben's Chili Bowl. Definitely very DC-ish.

          on Capitol Hill, Market Lunch at Eastern Market? The Mitsitam Cafe at the Native American museum? You can also eat in the Supreme Court: http://aoc.gov/food-and-gift-shops and several congressional office buildings: http://radining.compass-usa.com/ushou....

          You should probably also take them to a cupcake shop. Georgetown cupcakes if they like the show...if not, I think Baked and Wired (Georgetown) and Sticky Fingers (Columbia Heights) are great.

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          1. re: braver
            scorcoran Nov 5, 2012 01:14 PM

            Thanks a lot! forgot abt those strawberry cupcakes at baked and wired. a must-see.

          2. hill food Nov 4, 2012 09:30 PM

            on the Hill, Cava Mezze has a good selection of Greco-Med small plates (a little something for everyone) in a hipster-ish setting. it is one of three (does that constitute a chain?)

            I find it hard to second some of braver's suggestions, but the call for Dukem or Etete are spot on. those would be a good idea. DC's Ethiopian is (sadly for others) FAR better than anywhere else and those 2 and some others up near U are the best examples (search that and I'll let the others get violent, people do have strong opinions)

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            1. re: hill food
              drewpbalzac Nov 5, 2012 02:13 AM

              Except for the girl watching, I would bother with the congressional eateries. . . .

              1. re: drewpbalzac
                drewpbalzac Nov 5, 2012 10:18 AM

                Supposed to be would not bother with congressional eateries. . .

              2. re: hill food
                scorcoran Nov 5, 2012 01:15 PM

                lol. thanks. greek chains are acceptable. great suggestion.

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                Elyssa Nov 5, 2012 10:12 AM

                I guess technically Hill Country is a chain (since they have a restaurant in NYC) but I think teens would like the food there.

                They might also think tapas at Jaleo would be fun (I think I originally went there as a 17 year old looking for colleges).

                Other places to consider that might be teen friendly: Oyamel, Central, Good Stuff Eatery, and Lincoln.

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                1. re: Elyssa
                  scorcoran Nov 5, 2012 01:20 PM

                  I was looking at Lincoln. Then I thought it was a little mom-ish of me, trying to work in some sort of a lesson. Then I saw the SNL Lincoln skit this weekend, and now I am reconsidering. Thanks!

                  1. re: scorcoran
                    hill food Nov 5, 2012 04:41 PM

                    oh that was good, one of the best things I've seen on there lately.

                    and besides, if you're not in government, then what is DC but a classroom with good food?

                    1. re: hill food
                      scorcoran Nov 6, 2012 03:59 PM

                      well said, hill food. I will be using that line this weekend, and maybe, forever.

                    2. re: scorcoran
                      Elyssa Nov 6, 2012 08:45 AM

                      I think they'll think it's cool anyway. The decor is really neat (the whole floor is made from pennies) and the food is different small plates reflective of American cuisine.

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                        scorcoran Nov 6, 2012 04:02 PM

                        Ok. It's making the cut. The penny floor really sealed the deal. there's a lot of penny puns that are coming to mind, but maybe that's because I am drinking a Guinness and nervous abt election results.

                      2. re: scorcoran
                        Sal Gee Nov 6, 2012 09:34 AM

                        Right! Stop being "Mom-ish." Your guests, teen or otherwise, will appreciate what YOU enjoy most about DC restaurants -- gimmics or no gimmics. Take them there. Ted's Bulletin is great, if that's "your place."

                        1. re: Sal Gee
                          scorcoran Nov 6, 2012 03:59 PM


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