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Bethesda with Kids?

I'm going to spending a week in Bethesda (Residence Inn) in a April and have decided to bring along my 4 year old and 2 year old. They eat anything and everything but are still better off in a kid friendly place.

Any recs on kid friendly places that are affordable for lunch and dinner in Bethesda? Other than lunch and dinner any recs on ice cream, cupcakes, etc are appreciated as well.

We are willing to take the metro a short distance but not really looking to go all the way to D.C. as we will spending a couple days there as well.

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  1. Bethesda?
    Let's see, there's plenty of kid friendly places there:
    * Mia's Pizzeria and Pizzeria Da Marco are both great and kid friendly
    * BGR Burger Joint makes delicious burgers
    * Cava Grill (Mediterranean Chipotle-type concept)
    * Assaggi (Nice Italian)
    * Nando's Peri-Peri (Roast Chicken)
    * Jaleo (Tapas - which is nice for lunch, but pretty expensive for dinner)

    * Dolcezza Gelato (Fantastic Gelato/Ice Cream)
    * Georgetown Cupcake (They have a store right in Bethesda)

    A drive south into Chevy Chase, MD you'll find:
    * Pete's Apizza (New Haven Style pizza joint)
    * 2 Amys (Easily the best pizzeria in the Metro DC Area) A bit of a wait sometimes, but well worth it.
    * Le chat noir (French Bistro)

    1. Here are a few more suggestions that are kid friendly ~

      ~Booeymonger for breakfast or lunch - bagels, sandwiches and soups
      ~Vace - carryout only but very good pizza and sandwiches for lunch
      ~Moby Dick - kebabs, good pita and rice
      ~Trader Joe's - just around the corner and could help for breakfasts if you have a microwave
      ~Freddy's Lobster - lobster rolls and chowder
      ~Lebanese Taverna - if it's a nice day, you can sit outside; I think this is their best location from their chain
      ~Uncle Julio's - Tex Mex and part of a small chain. Shrimp quesadillas are good.
      ~Louisiana Kitchen - cajun cooking and they serve breakfast.
      ~Passage to India - Indian cooking, very well done. Search here for Steve's suggestions.
      ~Benihana - your kids might enjoy the show, if they haven't been before.
      ~Hard Times - I think their burgers and grilled wings are very good. You can ask for a chili sampler to decide which chili to choose.
      I only know the lunch and breakfast places (as a commuter) and I'm sure you'll get better dinner suggestions.
      Enjoy your visit.

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      1. re: Terrie H.

        Getting ready to head out tomorrow morning and remembered that I ate at Freddy's on Half price burger night. They had only two burgers left and we got them. The beer list impressed me the most though. Any other places in Bethesda with a beer list like that? Never know when the kids will go to bed early.

      2. Bob, that's GREAT your kids will eat anything. That said, pretty much every place in Bethesda is family-friendly and welcomes children because there are SO MANY families in the Bethesda area with small children. The suggestions that Pepeto and Terrie provided you are excellent. I'd like to add a couple of notes.

        For Indian, I suggest A Passage to India. It's pricey, but one of the best Indian restaurants in the area, in my opinion. 4931 Cordell Ave.

        Faryab for Afghani cuisine. This is a smaller, casual restaurant that serves excellent food. There are kebabs and samosas, and other kid-friendly eats here. A little on the pricey side though. 4917 Cordell Ave

        For amazing sandwiches, go to Jetties. 4829 Fairmont Ave, in the triangle. The Nantucket-themed eatery has a variety of sandwiches. They use oven-roasted, hand-carved turkey off a real whole turkey breast. Their Thanksgiving sandwich, The Nobadeer, is DELICIOUS. Their soups are also worth making into part of your meal, especially the clam chowder.

        Bold Bite is a hot dog place, on Fairmont. Good hot dogs, different types of weiners and sausages, different toppings. Really good fries here. Pretty good food. 4901 Fairmont Ave

        Tout de Suite is a patisserie on Woodmont Avenue, right across the street from Jetties. They sell French sweets, like macarons, cakes, pastries. YUM. 7831 Woodmont Ave

        I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions.

        1. My favorites in Bethesda are:

          Passage to India, get the spinach with buttermilk and peanuts, as well as the dish with baby gourds and the black dal.

          At Faryab (Afghan, dinner only) go for the bulawnee and the kadu palow.

          1. Thanks everyone for all the great choices. The Afghan and Indian food sound delicious. Any Ethiopian worth visiting in Bethesda?

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            1. re: BobMack

              I don't think there's any Ethiopian in Bethesda at all. Save that for your couple of days in DC.

              1. re: BobMack

                If you wind up at Passage to India, add the kulcha stuffed with cheese, and the pickles and spices from the last page.

              2. Jaleo (Spanish tapas) and Raku (Asian fusion) also have outdoor tables.

                Taylor Gourmet is a sandwich place.

                Guapo's is another option for Tex-Mex-type food (both Guapos and Uncle Julios have automatic tortilla makers that are usually popular with small children if they are running)

                1. Maybe Sala Thai. I'm there once a month (I perform there in an acoustic duo) and often see families there.