Johnna’s Pick of the Week: Kid-Friendly (DMV area)

[ 0 ] March 12, 2009 |

The kid friendly brunch can be hard to find in an adult town like D.C. What do we mean by “adult town”? Well, out the 100’s of restaurants that we’ve ventured into, few of them are kid friendly or scream bring your kids to eat here, especially the top of the line cuisine stops. We decided it was time to find those spots where you can have a kid-friendly meal in a kid-friendly setting for those of you who have children. We know it’s tough to find a sitter and honestly, probably not so economical to find someone to watch the kids while you go out on a Sunday to enjoy a nice brunch or a good dinner. There are soo many places in the area, we discovered, who are perfect for a brunch, lunch or dinner with the family. Here’s what we found:


Bethesda North Marriott (Bethesda, MD)- Adults are $24.95 (*includes 1 glass of Champagne, Mimosa or a Bloody Mary) and $14.95 for children (*ages 6-12). This buffet is just what you need on a Sunday morning with the kiddies: Hot Food Display (*includes cheese blintzes with berries, the chefs potato cakes with sour cream and apple sauce…), a Raw Bar (*Jumbo shrimp with cocktail and honey mustard sauce…), Belgian Waffle and Crepe Station (*toppings include fresh strawberries and baked apples and whipped cream!) and our personal favorite station…the Desserts (*Gotta love the Chocolate Fondue station with pound cake, marshmallows and strawberries;-). It basically fulfills everyone’s needs for a good Sunday morning brunch and the place is bustling with other family’s so you can let the kids use their “outside voices”;-)


2 Amy’s (Washington, D.C.)- We’ve said this time and time again. This place is great for families! Who doesn’t love pizza?? No, better yet, what kid doesn’t love pizza?! It is the perfect way to indulge while the kids get to eat what they wanted anyway. The casual set up makes you feel like your at home away from home having a meal with your family. Try the Margherita or the Santa Brigida (*good way to get some veggies in for the kids;-).


Cactus Cantina (D.C.)- Ole! Change it up a bit with some Mexican style cuisine at Cactus Cantina. Also, the price works out great with items on the kids menu ranging from $1.75 to $5.75. The restaurant is pretty accommodating to parties of 4 or more, so show up, eat and enjoy a night on the town with the kids:-)

To all our readers who are parents/grandparents/godparents and the like, we hope this helps next time you venture out for a meal with the kids:-) And if you know of some good spots, drop us a line, tell us about it @

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Category: Johnna's Pick of the Week, restaurant reviews, Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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