Nearly every restaurant welcomes families, starting, most likely, with the one in your hotel. Cafes at sightseeing attractions are always a safe bet, and so are these:
Lebanese Taverna: The taverna is located down the hill from the National Zoo. Its kids’ menu doubles as a coloring sheet and lists chicken tenders and other items, each $7.50 and served with hummus, rice, carrots, and celery. Around since 1979, the Taverna is a favorite among locals.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries: Duh. Burgers. Fries. Hot dogs. Sodas. Grilled cheese. Indestructible environment. And the Guys are everywhere you turn. Last but not least, the price is right: Burgers are $6.11 to $10.18, fries $3.82 to $6.66.
Old Ebbitt Grill: Well, first of all, the hours are kid-friendly: The place opens at 7:30am weekdays, 8:30am weekends, and then just stays open, there whenever you or your children need seated sustenance. Then there’s the fact that the Ebbitt’s layout includes booths and nooks and different rooms and partitions and lots of strategically placed plants, which all work to contain outbursts of any sort. And finally, there’s the children’s menu of 13 different items, hot dogs to mac and cheese, each priced at $9, which includes one choice from a list of drinks/sweets/sides.
Ted’s Bulletin: This boisterous, laidback place in the Barracks Row section of Capitol Hill, and its twin at 1818 14th St. NW, welcome children of all ages with a retro menu of comfort food, such as grilled cheese, Pop-Tarts (called “Ted’s Tarts”), mac and cheese, and tomato soup. Breakfast is served all day, so that might decide things right there. But kids also have their own menu of eight choices, PB&J to buttered pasta, each priced at $5.99. Or how about this: thick and creamy milkshakes ($7.99) in awesome flavors like Oreo and Heath almond. There’s always a lot going on here, so you never have to worry about your children being too noisy.
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