restaurants near Homewood Suites-Washington

Feb 7th, 2006, 07:10 PM
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restaurants near Homewood Suites-Washington

My family will be staying at the Homewood Suites in Washington DC (1475 Massachusetts Ave NW). Any suggestions for restaurants in the area? We have three boys: 9, 13, and 14. They can really pack away the food, so knowledge about decent, moderately priced restaurants will be helpful.
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Feb 7th, 2006, 07:38 PM
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It's not a neighborhood I think of as having kid-friendly dining options. What do they like?
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Feb 7th, 2006, 08:00 PM
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They like Chinese, Mexican, American, Italian...They are fairly adventurous when it comes to food, but a good burger always goes a long way!
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Feb 7th, 2006, 08:01 PM
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I left out seafood...there's another they like.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 08:56 AM
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Some options within a few blocks:

Logan Tavern:
http://www.logantavern.com/

Right next to Logan Tavern is Merkado:
http://www.merkadodc.com/

Also Hamburger Mary's is close by.
http://www.hamburgermarys.net/dc/

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Feb 8th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Not a restaurant, but across the street from two of bardo's suggestions, P street between 14th and 15th), is the Whole Foods market where you can get provisions for your hotel suite, fresh baked goods and tasty take-out.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 10:13 AM
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I thought of all of those, bardo, but would you consider any of them child friendly? Hamburger Mary's (which has actually changed names) is a logical choice, but I'm not sure how kid-friendly it is.

There are some restaurants on 17th Street (which isn't exactly kid-central) but could work. They would include Dupont Italian Kitchen, Skewers, Luna, Annie's.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 02:04 PM
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OK, maybe the Merkado menu isn't very kid friendly, but the OP said his kids are fairly adventerous eaters. I have no hesitation to recommend a place like Logan Tavern for a great burger and other such tavern fare.

I often took my kids (once preteens) to pubs/taverns (both abroad and in the US) when we went on vacations. It was never a problem and the children enjoyed the familiar and hearty cuisine.
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I don't know the name of it, but I had a great meal at an Ethiopian restaurant on the SE corner of 14th & P. I noticed a number of food venues in the area, both take-out and eat-in of all sorts.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 04:50 PM
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Fair point, bardo.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 05:09 PM
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Some of the best meals and the best meal deals in my home area are at taverns or pubs ... often owner operated, and not a "gin-mill" or party-spot ... more a family spot. Think "Archies Place" (Archie Bunker) if you remember it.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:04 PM
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Well, Logan Tavern is much more a bistro or brasserie than a "tavern" but they do have comfort food.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:07 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions! BTW, I remember Archie Bunker very well. I seem to recall something about Washington being a non-smoking city, or becoming one soon. I ask because my youngest has asthma and I'm wondering if the tavern might be smokefilled. Logan Tavern sounds like a place my guys would enjoy.
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Feb 8th, 2006, 07:23 PM
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We still have smoking here. New law takes over next year.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 05:11 AM
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But most restaurants have been smoke-free voluntarily for years; you should have no trouble finding non-smoking places even before the law takes effect.
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Kayd, I think that's a bit of an exaggeration. You will be able to find places, but for instance none of the places Bardo mentioned will be smoke-free
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I wasn't referring to Bardo's recommended spots and should have made clear that I was speaking of my experience in DC generally. It's just that I can't remember when I last saw anyone smoking in a DC restaurant, but I admit I don't dine out often (once a month or so) and have not been to those P Street establishments. Still, a family that requires nonsmoking restaurants will find plenty of them.

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