Family-friendly dining is essential to an enjoyable trip. Keeping the kiddos fed and happy is a top priority in family travel. Having a hangry preschooler will ruin any beautiful experience you’ve planned. Get ideas on where to eat that welcomes families, where to grab a quick bite and where to spend a relaxing dinner with the family. Your travels in DC can become jam-packed with the sight-seeing opportunities abound. Make sure you know where to go and when to keep the kiddos (and parents), happy tourists.
The Eastern Market is open year-round everyday except for Monday. Located just 7 blocks from the Capitol building, the market offers many fresh options for lunch. On the weekend, food vendors set up outside along with local farmers and artisans. The Market Lunch features local flavors like rockfish with eggs or shrimp and grits. There are also many restaurants to stop in at in the Eastern Market neighborhood.
Food trucks often line the streets near the World War II Memorial and around many of the museums. With a variety of options, there’s sure to be something to please every member of the family. Grab a quick lunch and enjoy it on the national mall.
Most of the museums have on-site cafeterias that make a quick lunch, a cinch. This is the most convenient option for a hungry family that doesn’t want to leave the museum in search of lunch. Try a healthy salad, sandwich or bowl of fruit. The convenience comes at a cost though, as the cafeterias tend to be a pricier option for a simpler lunch.
An often overlooked choice for lunch is the USDA Cafeteria. This is a fun lunch spot because you actually get to enter one of the government buildings and taste what they specialize in. Plus there are nutritious options and it's much more cost effective than eating in a museum cafeteria. The USDA South Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am-3:30 pm. Click here to get the weekly menu.
Lebanese Taverna is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Enjoy Lebanese and Mediterranean fare like shwarma, kabobs, hummus and more. The food is wonderful beyond your expectations and the staff is super friendly. The beautiful atmosphere is family-friendly oriented and you can choose to sit inside or out on the patio during warm months.
Manny and Olga’s
Wrap up a long day of sightseeing with takeout from Manny and Olga’s. Your kids will thank you as you enjoy time at the hotel pool and dine on delish Italian and Greek delivery. Wraps, wings, burgers, salads, and pizza fill this family-friendly menu.
Full Disclosure: Some of the restaurants mentioned in this article hosted our visit. As always, my opinions are my own!