10 Themed Restaurants Every DC Family Should Try

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It’s the busiest time of year and while the holiday season can feel pretty wonderful, it can also be overwhelming. Whether you’re trying to entertain out-of-town guests or you just want to sprinkle a little extra magic for the kids, a theme restaurant can make dining out feel like a special event without the extra effort. Check out these themed restaurants that offer everything from horses to holiday decorations to make your next restaurant experience one to remember! 

Filomena's Winter Wonderland

Christmas is quickly approaching and while this restaurant might not be what you'd call themed, it does go big once every year. Inspired by the traditional and delicious Italian home cooking of the owner’s mother, Filomena Ristorante offers a comfortable and warm dining experience year-round. But they really shine during the Christmas season when they decorate with at least 5,500 ornaments and 10,000 lights. Their décor creates a holiday wonderland experience straight out of a storybook. People come from all over the world to see this sparkling wonder and we’re lucky enough to have it right here at home. 

1063 Wisconsin Avenue
(202) 338-8800
Online: Filomena.com

Old Ebbitt Grill

Washington DC’s oldest saloon has changed locations a few times over the decades, but it’s still kid-friendly and a great place for your patriotic history buff to get their history on. You can visit any time of year and enjoy the delicious food and history. But at Christmas, you can also enjoy their famous nutcrackers at the entrance. They’re at least 12-15 feet tall! Your history-loving munchkins will be wonderstruck!

Insider tip: Grab dinner before or after the Warner Theatre's Nutcracker production; it is just a short walk away. 

675 15th Street
Online: ebbitt.com


The Conche

This worth-the-drive restaurant made our list for one very good reason: chocolate! The Conche, named for the 19th century invention that revolutionized the chocolate blending process, is unique in that they infuse cocoa ingredients into everything on the menu. From drinks to salads, to entrees and desserts, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream come true. Not only is chocolate featured in every dish, it’s also made in-house! Kids and adults alike will love the great views of the meal-prep area where they can watch these cocoa-creations come to life. And they even have Mommy and Me classes where you can make a seasonally themed chocolate sculpture together in their chocolate lab. Imagine: creating, and then devouring, your very own handmade chocolate! Is there a better way to enjoy the holidays?

1605 Village Market Blvd. SE
Leesburg, VA
Online: www.the-conche.com

Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant

If you’ve got a Barbie-lover in the house, head to this family-friendly gay bar with possibly the most impressive doll collection citywide. Special events include drag brunches and tea parties for kids. Little ones get goody bags upon arrival! 

555 23rd St. S,
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Online: freddiesbeachbar.com

Stable DC

If you dream of swishing down the slopes of the Swiss Alps, followed by hot drinks and delicious Swiss food in a warm chalet, Stable DC might help satisfy the second half of that dream. They offer socially distanced private dining with individual Swiss chalets that seat up to six and give you that perfect cozy feeling you’re looking for. While there’s no kids menu, there’s plenty to tempt tiny tummies into eating – including the Fondue Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Zopf French Toast, plus anything on the bakery menu. 

1324 H Street Northeast
Online: stabledc.com


American Girl Bistro

If your mini-me loves her mini-me (aka Truly Me), they’ll love the American Girl Bistro. Located on the second level of the American Girl store, the bistro offers a food selection that includes gluten-free options and should please even picky eaters. If your doll-lover doesn’t own an American Girl doll or forgot it at home, they’ll even give you a loaner doll to sit with you while you dine. Themed details are everywhere, including doll holders in all the restrooms (both men’s and women’s)! And they’ve got multiple holiday events going on, including their Festive Cookie Decorating on November 18th, Gingerbread House Decorating on December 10th, Santa’s Brunch on December 12th and 19th, and Holiday Tea and Treats on December 20th and 23rd.

8090 Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA
Online: www.americangirl.com


Medieval Times Baltimore Castle

Lords and Ladies, you don’t need a formal invitation to enjoy a royal dinner with the Queen. Simply buy your tickets to the Medieval Times Baltimore Castle and enjoy dinner and a show! Dinner is only one part of the magic here. Kids will love that they can set aside table manners for the night as they dig into this hands-only menu. If your littles are known for being raucous and loud at mealtime, Medieval Times is the place to be. They’ll be encouraged to cheer loudly and often for their knight, and everyone else will be just as noisy as they are! As you feast, you’ll watch knights battle both on horseback and on foot. They all want to be the Queen’s champion, but who will win? Though the battles are lively, they aren't scary, making this venue suitable for even the littlest of royal guests.  Considering the front-row VIP experience? If you or your kids are sensitive to sights or smells, keep in mind the horses are living animals and are not potty-trained.

7000 Arundel Mills Cir.
Hanover, MD
Online: www.medievaltimes.com

Whether you’re on a mission to visit every Hard Rock Café there is, or this is your first visit, this Hard Rock Café is a family-friendly pit stop for some good ol’ American classics in both food and music. The music is a great combo of oldies through more recent hard rock and hip-hop, making this a great way to introduce your youngsters to songs they won’t find on Disney music playlists. HRC is located within a super-short walk of Ford’s Theater and Madame Tussauds, and a slightly longer walk to other National Mall attractions. As a result, it can be a bit touristy sometimes, but it’s also a great place to eat before or after spending an afternoon or evening playing tourist in your own town. Don’t miss “The Embassy of Rock” photo op upstairs. 

999 E St. NW
Federal Triangle
Online: www.hardrockcafe.com


Lincoln Restaurant

Looking for a delicious and simple meal before or after an evening spent looking at holiday lights and decorations? Try Lincoln Restaurant. While there is no dedicated kids’ menu, there are definitely kid-friendly options including burgers and gourmet grilled cheese, though picky eaters may struggle to find plain options here. The biggest hits with kids are the mac & cheese and the cowboy fries that come with three dipping sauces (they also come in a sweet potato version). Don’t forget to save room for something from the simple yet delicious dessert menu. Make sure you pay attention to where you walk. The floor beneath your feet is rich – with pennies, that is.  Encourage the kids to entertain themselves by counting the pennies or by looking for unique dates. There are monument prints on all the walls for an experience that’s really steeped in history. Cross your fingers that you score the big white chair – it’s amazing!

1110 Vermont Ave. NW
Online: www.lincolnrestaurant-dc.com


If you’ve got a die-hard Alice in Wonderland fan in the house, you won’t want to miss the Madhatter restaurant. With prints of scenes from the famous tale, and even an upside-down dining room, this is a great place for a Wonderland lunch date. You could even dress up your little one in an Alice dress or Mad Hatter costume! Though there is no dedicated kid’s menu, your kid will feel like they’ve slipped down the rabbit-hole as they nibble on chicken tenders or a quesadilla from the apps menu, or a made-to-order burger or fish ‘n chips from the entrees. Madhatter is best done as a lunch date with your kiddo, as it becomes a straight-up bar once happy hour starts (around 4 p.m.).

1319 Connecticut Ave. NW
Dupont Circle
Online: www.madhatterdc.com

—Wendy Miller



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Candied Comfort! DC’s Most Iconic Fall Desserts

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Summer desserts are easy—a scoop of ice cream, sorbet, or gelato and everyone’s happy. But as the weather begins to cool down and the darkness creeps in earlier, you might be craving something that provides a little more comfort. Get ready to snuggle up to DC’s best sweets; we rounded up the city’s most iconic fall desserts so you can tuck in to a satisfying sweet treat. Whether your favorites are cinnamon, chai or pumpkin, grab your utensils and get your fall flavor on!

Butler's Orchard

What says autumn more than apples and apple cider? A quintessential fall treat, apple cider donuts do double duty as a delicious breakfast or dessert. And The Farmer’s Porch at Butler’s Orchard is offering up some major fall treats. In addition to the traditional pumpkin pie or pumpkin roll, they offer apple cider donuts by the donut or the half-dozen. But perhaps the best reason to make the 40-minute drive is their Apple Cider Donut Sundae: an apple cider donut with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and caramel topping. 

Insider tip: Due to the 40-minute drive and the orchard requiring reservations, it’s worth making a day of this. Pick your own Halloween pumpkins, enjoy the huge slides, and spend some time with the farm animals before enjoying dessert (before or after dinner!). 

Butler’s Orchard
22222 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
Online: www.butlersorchard.com

photo: iStock

Rise Bakery

If you or your little one often feel like you have to miss out on dessert because you’re gluten-free, Rise Bakery has you covered. Plus, many of their dishes are also dairy, soy, egg, and/or nut free! They’ve got some deliciously tempting treats on their menu that just scream autumn. Some of our personal faves: their apple pie (or the vegan apple pie), pumpkin cheesecake with ginger molasses cookie base, pumpkin roll, carrot cake, cinnamon roll, or cinnamon coffee cake. Yeah, there’s plenty to love. 

Insider tip: There’s a super-small seating area so plan to take your treats to-go. You can walk to Kalorama Park in about five minutes to enjoy your desserts. 

Rise Bakery
2001 L St NW Ste 140
Adams Morgan
Online: www.riseglutenfree.com

Rocky Point Creamery

Ice cream might not be your first idea of the ideal fall dessert, but if you head to Rocky Point Creamery, it just might become your first idea. Offering unique flavors like Pumpkin, Salty Caramel Pretzel, and Caramel Apple (on rotation, so check their Facebook page to know when it’s available), their ice cream goes from summer refresher to fall comfort. They also have a Green Apple Sorbet for dairy-free dessert. Not to miss: check out their Halloween candy-themed flavors, such as Reese’s Pieces, M&M, Almond Joy, Trick or Treat, and Monster Mash. Yum! Sometimes they offer spur of the moment flavors, so make sure to check their Facebook page each week to know what’s on offer!

Insider tip: This ice cream shop is on a working farm, so your littles can wave to real-life dairy cows and climb a farm tractor converted into a slide! 

Rocky Point Creamery
4323A Tuscarora Road
Tuscarora, MD 21790
Online: www.rockypointcreamery.com


Got a little pancake-lover in the house? Then they’ll probably love Crepeaway. Crepes are very similar to pancakes but much thinner, and Crepeaway serves them up with a variety of sweet-tooth satisfying choices. First, they add Nutella chocolate, then they add your choice of powdered sugar, cinnamon-sugar, fruits, berries, or cookies. There are a lot of options here, so it’s unlikely anyone’s going to leave disappointed. If you’re not sure what to order, ask the staff for recommendations. 

Insider tip: They offer both pickup and delivery, but you will want to make sure you can eat your crepes as soon as possible so they’re still hot. They do lose a little of their yumminess as they cool down. 

2001 L St NW Ste 140
Online: www.crepeaway.com

District Doughnut and Coffee

If you thought doughnuts were just a breakfast food, you’ve never been to District Doughnut and Coffee. These delectable doughnut flavors are swapped out seasonally, but you’ll sink your teeth into delicious scratch-made Vanilla Bean yeast dough year-round. Their fall menu includes Pumpkin Crème Brulee, Pumpkin Glazed, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Apple Cider Bites. 

Insider tip: While these specialty doughnuts are delicious any time of day, swing by early in the day to make your selections. By late afternoon, you may have limited options or none at all. They’re that good!

District Doughnut and Coffee
5 locations in DC and VA
Online: www.districtdoughnut.com

Le Diplomate

Your little one's picky palate may not be ready for French food in general, but their immature taste buds will appreciate this vanilla bean crème brûlée.  The toasted sugar crust has the perfect amount of crunch, while still remaining a creamy, rich dessert. It comes with a French cookie on the side, too. For some truly autumnal flavors, try their Apple Tart Tatin or the Milk Chocolate Pot De Crème.

Insider tip: The crème brûlée, like their other desserts, is sized for sharing so grab a spoon!

Le Diplomate
1601 14th St NW
Logan Circle
Online: www.lediplomatedc.com

Baked & Wired

If you’ve got a unicorn or rainbow lover in the house, head to Baked & Wired for a cupcake that looks like it was baked and frosted by Lisa Frank herself. It's a funfetti cake topped with buttercream frosting and brightly colored sprinkles; frosting colors change regularly for extra fun. Their fall assortment is a dozen delicious cakecups for $52.80. You get four each of pumpkin, dirty chai, and chocolate doom flavors. You might want to wipe the drool of your chin before you go.

Insider tip: Some of the cupcakes have adult-themed names. If you have a non-reader, it probably is a non-issue.

Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Online: www.bakedandwired.com

Osteria Marzano

Does your tot love Nutella? S’mores? Anything and all things gooey? Then they’ll adore this Nutella pizza meant for sharing. It’s thin pizza dough topped with mascarpone, Nutella, pistachios and mini-marshmallows. Rich and delicious, this dessert is the best combo of pizza and dessert.

Insider tip: Even if it’s just you and the kiddo, order this full-size pizza. The leftovers will taste just as delicious reheated in the microwave tomorrow.

Osteria Marzano
6361 Walker Ln
Metro Park VI (#140)
Franconia, VA
Online: www.osteriamarzano.com


If your little has never had churros before, this Spanish tapas restaurant’s delectable dessert may spoil them on traditional churros forever. Boqueria offers churros con chocolate, the traditional fried dough with a cinnamon-sugar dusting that you dip in thick hot chocolate. They also have churros rellenos, filled with either Nutella or dulce de leche. Whichever ones you get, your kiddo is guaranteed to love them.

Insider tip: The main dining area at the Penn Quarter location can get a bit loud when it fills up. You may want to swing by during quieter periods if your little one is sensitive to loud noises.

777 9th St. NW
Penn Quarter

1837 M St. NW
Dupont Circle
Online: www.boqueriarestaurant.com

Tiger Fork

Does your munchkin live on waffles for breakfast? One of the most beloved hand-held foods just got more fun with... bubbles! At Tiger Fork, the bubble waffle is served with two scoops of ice cream plus “fun stuff." The “fun stuff” is a random assortment of toppings from sprinkles to crushed cookies to pixie sticks chosen by the kitchen. You might not know what toppings you’ll get, but you know sugar overload is guaranteed!

Their Baonut holes are fried bao with cashew sauce and cinnamon and sugar. Like a traditional donut hole but with that extra flair, these are utterly delicious. If you want to have that fall bonfire feel with a little something special, try the Chinese S’more. It’s roasted marshmallow with chocolate five-spice streusel and ice cream.

Insider tip: They only serve the bubble waffle at dinner.

Tiger Fork
922 N St.NW
Blagden Alley
Online: www.tigerforkdc.com


Indique offers Gulab Jamun, a milk solid donut hole drizzled with honey and served with vanilla ice cream. This melt-in-your-mouth dessert comes out piping hot with a super-soft texture and a hint of rose flavor. You might even catch a hint of cardamom in the ice cream. Plus, it’s perfectly pint-sized, making it an excellent dessert for littles.

Insider tip: If you plan to go at brunch, make sure you get a reservation. They get very busy!

3512-14 Connecticut Ave. NW
Cleveland Park
Online: www.indique.com

The Source

The Source by Wolfgang Puck offers a 15-layer carrot cake that is worth its weight in gold. While a serving looks light and thin, this rich dessert is easy to share (and is topped with ginger ice cream. Yum!).

Insider tip: Take your little on their birthday, and the restaurant will write their name on the menu!

The Source
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC
Online: www.wolfgangpuck.com


Make dessert an extra special occasion by bringing the kids to Firefly for dinner. Firefly doesn’t advertise it on the dessert menu, but they have the perfect make-your-own dessert for kids. Before dinner, each kid is given cookie dough to decorate to their own satisfaction. While you eat, the cookie is baked and then served to your little one as dessert. This might be the perfect dessert: a pre-dinner activity to keep them busy, and a dessert they’re guaranteed to eat since they made it themselves!

Insider tip: The atmosphere is a bit upscale, so if the kids are cranky, it might be better after a nap.

1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Dupont Circle
Online: www.firefly-dc.com

—Wendy Miller

featured photo: Pexels 


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Summer is all about sun, sand, and sea breezes. But as summer winds down and we start settling back into the routines of work, school, and daily life, we might not quite be ready to let go of those long, lazy beach days just yet. That’s why we’ve rounded up a bunch of places in the city, in the ‘burbs, and worth-the-drive destinations where you can get your beach on without the commitment of vacation time and travel.

In the City

Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille

Vibrant colors and chill vibes will lure you in. But you’ll stay for the rooftop – misting fans to keep you cool on those hot summer days and heated so your tropical cravings can be satisfied even when it’s cold out. There’s also a first-floor patio and indoor dining space, giving you ample options to relax and enjoy a tropical taste sensation and some delectable frozen drinks. The kids menu, or Little Mates, keeps the tropical vibes going with several seafood options but also features a couple of classic kid faves. Enjoy some island music along with your island bites and sips and the whole family can go home feeling like you just spent the day on an island beach.

Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille
514 8th Street SE,
Washington, DC 20003
Online: tortugadc.com

Colada Shop

This isn’t your typical beach vibes, yet it still has that flair. With fluorescent pops of pink, yellow, and blue, it’s got a strong throwback vibe to Havana. Lots of outdoor seating, including a rooftop patio, allows you to soak up the sun while sipping a tropical delight – from cocktails to Cuban coffee, they’ve got your thirst quenched. While there’s no kids menu, there are many options on the menu that will be tongue-pleasers to any age, including the Colada Shop Cuban and Churros for dessert. Combine it all with some high energy from the staff and a blend of Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Columbian and Cuban music and it can feel like you’re traveling the Latin American beaches.

Colada Shop
1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Online: coladashop.com

THROW Social

If your beach dreams include lounging in a cabana, THROW Social might be just the place for you. Reserve a cabana so the whole fam has a place to chill and relax while you also engage in games of football bowling and curling (with no ice!). Enjoy some yummy eats and drinks in this place that will remind you of your favorite Miami paradise! While there is no kids menu, there are definitely some kid-friendly tastes. Do take note that it is 21 and up after 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

THROW Social
1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20001
(888) 847-6919
Online: throwsocial.com


In the ‘Burbs


It may not be Key West right in your backyard, but it’s a lot closer than the real deal! MacDowell’s brings a Florida vibe to Leesburg, with their warm sandy beach and tropical-themed menu. Toss in some live music, fire pits and tropical trees and you’ve got that beach feeling for days. While there is no dedicated kids menu, there is a dedicated “kid-zone” play pit filled with toys on the beach. Let the kids enjoy beach play for hours while you sip your favorite brew on tap and listen to some relaxing tropical tunes.

Insider tip: if you want to make a real vacation of it, they Airbnb the Palm House right behind the beach.

202 B Harrison Street, SE
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Online: macsbeach.com

Port-au-Prince Authentic Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen

Authentic Haitian cuisine is all that’s on the menu here and that means the chill beach vibe is matched by the food’s slow preparation. This is a great place to come with the kids if you really want to kick back and relax while enjoying some delicious island dishes and drinks. This is an ideal place if you’ve got adventurous kids when it comes to food, but even the less adventurous eaters can find something to satisfy their appetite, such as the macaroni and cheese, rice, or fried beef. Port-au-Prince doesn’t just take you on a culinary journey through Haiti’s culture, either. You’ll also go on an artistic journey as you view some of the most incredible original Haitian art. Immerse yourself and fall in love with the island of Haiti in this little piece of it right in DC.

7912 Georgia avenue
Silver spring, MD 20910
Online: paphaitiancuisine.com

Kentmorr Restaurant & Crab House

During the summer months, you can reserve a beach space on Kentmorr’s beach, but even after the season ends, you can come to Kentmorr Restaurant & Crab House to enjoy a beautiful beach vibe. Parents can enjoy some delicious seafood treats with adult drinks while the kiddos can order from the kids menu. It is a rather limited kids menu, but it does hit all the faves. Finish off the meal with a stroll along the docks or on the beach to extend the beach experience.

Kentmorr Restaurant & Crab House
910 Kentmorr Road
Stevensville, MD 21666
Online: kentmorr.com


Worth the Drive

Bowleys On The Bay

View the drive to Bowleys On The Bay as a transition from reality to vacay fantasy. When you step onto the property, you’ll be instantly transported to a tropical oasis. Whether you opt for indoor dining in the dining room or bar, or outdoor dining on the tropically-themed patio or go full-beach with dining on the sand itself, you will have a beach experience that can only be matched by the beach itself. With a soundtrack including Steel Drum, Reggae, Salsa, and Latin Jazz backing the gentle breezes off the water and the slow sway of the palm trees, enjoy your seafood meal while watching the boats pass by. And in the winter months? Enjoy a bonfire on the beach or the holiday lights instead!

The kids menu is small but perfectly suited to their appetites. Bigger kids can also choose from a themed burger on the main menu if the kids menu doesn’t tempt them.

Bowleys On The Bay
800 Chester Road
Baltimore, MD 21220
Online: bowleysonthebay.com

Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar

With boats, cars and other fun things that have been “beached” as your seating arrangements, Dockside offers a real beachside experience, especially the beach is right there with a stunning view. With great food, great service, and the great laidback atmosphere, this is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and follow it up with a swim. With indoor and outdoor dining, this child and pet-friendly hangout is perfect for the whole family to get away from it all and enjoy a lazy day at the beach.

Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar
1787 Castlewood Dr
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
(804) 224-8726
Online: facebook.com

—Wendy Miller

featured photo: Thomas Lefebvre via Unsplash


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Is there anything better than the smooth glide of a frosty beer down your throat on a hot summer afternoon? Probably not much. Unless it’s being able to enjoy that icy brew while also enjoying some quality family time. And now that we can get out and about again, getting that family time at home just isn’t going to cut it. That’s why we love these local breweries. They invite us to come enjoy a delicious craft beer and bring the whole fam with us!

Hellbender Brewing Company

Hidden in a residential neighborhood, this brewery named after an endangered American salamander, Hellbender Brewing Company is a family-friendly brewery that is absolutely fascinating in so many ways. They were the first brewery on the East Coast to install a mash filter, which makes their brewing process more efficient, quicker, and using less water. On top of that, they’re so family-friendly that they have games like Candyland and Chutes & Ladders. One family said it was so low-key, their baby slept in his stroller while they played darts. They even have a changing table!

Bonus: Before you head to the brewery, get in some educational time by watching the 10-minute documentary on the Hellbender salamander on their site. The documentary premiered at the brewery. There’s also some written info the kids may find fascinating too.

5788 2nd Street
NE Washington, DC 20011
Online: hellbenderbeer.com

Denizens Brewing Co.

When the family-owned Denizens Brewing Co. says everyone has a seat at their table, they mean it – kids both two- and four-legged included. Families and dogs are welcome at the brewery that was the first production brewery in Montgomery County, MD. With two locations, Silver Spring and Riverdale Park, Denizens is a great place to throw back a pint or two with both friends and family. They do require that dogs stay in the outdoor spaces and kids stay seated with strollers left at the door, but they’ve got changing tables in the bathrooms. And if you’re not into beer, they’ve got ciders, wines, and craft cocktails.

Riverdale Park
4550 Van Buren St
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

Silver Spring
1115 E W Hwy.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Online: denizensbrewingco.com

Caboose Commons

The little black dress of breweries, Caboose Commons is perfect for a girls’/guys’ night out, date night, or family night. Not only do they have a wide selection of craft brews, but they have an actual kids menu (only three options, but they are the three that kids always pick, so they know their patrons!). Not in the mood for a brew right now? Head to Caboose Commons for breakfast too. Get a coffee or tea from their full coffee menu and relax with the kids. Dogs are also welcome (but only in the outdoor spaces).

2918 Eskridge Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031
Online: caboosebrewing.com

Dog Haus Biergarten

Craft beers with craft dogs and sausages – what could be a better combo? How about knowing the whole family will be happy after a meal at Dog Haus Biergarten? Dish up some dogs, burgers, sausages, or chicken – all hormone and antibiotic free – with fries or tots and let the kids enjoy some root beer while the grownups enjoy a delicious craft beer or two. For a real treat for the kiddos (and you too), try one of their corn dogs made with house made root beer batter. This biergarten is perfect for the whole family whether it’s a quick dinner after work or a laidback lunch on a lazy weekend afternoon.

7904 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Online: doghaus.com

photo: photo: Jayne G. via Yelp

Eavesdrop Brewery

Leave the hustle-and-bustle of all-things-metro behind at this rustic, barn-like brewery off Route 28 near Manassas. Tucked away behind a small, suburban strip mall, Eavesdrop offers plenty of space for kids (and adults) to run and play outdoors. You'll find the usual beer-garden staples, like cornhole, on the property. The patio area is expansive with numerous picnic tables; outside food is welcome and encouraged. Weather permitting, there is an outdoor fire pit for roasting marshmallows. The indoor space is small, but does feature board games and a popcorn machine.

7223 Centreville Rd., Ste. 115
Manassas, VA 703-420-8955
Online: eavesdropbrewery.com

Port City Brewing Company

This tasting room has all the beer hall gaming classics for an entertaining afternoon: giant Jenga, ladderball, darts, cornhole and more. It's the old school arcade games -- which don't cost a penny -- that are sure to please the 6 and up crowd. Picnics are allowed; there are plenty of tables to enjoy a meal and a beer, but only a handful with shade.



3950 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 
Online: portcitybrewing.com

photo: photo: Katie B. via Yelp

Dirt Farm Brewing

If you're headed to Loudoun County for a pick-your-own pumpkin experience, a stop at Dirt Farm is a must. Nestled on the side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dirt Farm not only serves exceptional beers but it offers outstanding views. Kids will enjoy grabbing a meal here: Dirt Farm offers house-made flatbreads. You’ll find plenty of toys and attractions on-hand to entertain the little ones, like tubs of bubbles, monster-sized trucks and more.

What’s happening: Upcoming events include Teacher Appreciation Week (June 21-25), Live Music, and Market on the Mountain. Their Fourth of July at Dirt Farm is also a great way to see multiple fireworks displays.


18701 Foggy Bottom Rd.
Bluemont, VA 
Online: dirtfarmbrewing.com

photo: photo: Christopher M. via Yelp

Peabody Heights Brewery

The largest brewery in Baltimore City is also the most kid-friendly; Peabody, located in the Abell Neighborhood, offers tours and tastings every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. In addition to the industrial-style tasting room, you’ll also find outdoor seating. The real draw is the dedicated kid play space, that includes two bookcases filled with children’s books, a train table, ride-on toys and more.

401 E 30th St. 
Baltimore, MD 
Online: peabodyheightsbrewery.com

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Dacha Beer Garden

Every day feels like Oktoberfest at this German-themed bar. Kiddos can hang at the picnic tables flanked by a giant mural, while the grown-ups pop over to the walk up bar and try to figure out whether they want mead, cider, or an impressive selection of Deutschland authentic beers to drink from “Das Boot.” We’re not lying, they really do come in a boot glass, so make sure the kids have their favorite sippy cups so they don’t get jealous. Note: The toilets here are of the portable variety, but regulars swear they are the cleanest outdoor bathrooms ever.

1600 7th St. NW
Online: dachadc.com

photo: photo: Biergarten Haus

Biergarten Haus

If you want to give your pint-sized world traveler an authentic Oktoberfest experience, without the cost of airfare, then check out Biergarten Haus. Little ones will chow down on traditional German food like Spatzle mit Ziegenkaese (mac and cheese), Kartoffelsalat (warm potato salad) and Wurstplatten (sausages). Adults can sample some of the top German beers (Spaten, Eggenberg, Hofbrau). Everyone gets to jive to the surprise appearances by polka bands.

1355 H St. NE
H Street Corridor 
Online: biergartenhaus.com

photo: photo: Matthew M. via Yelp

Westover Beer Garden and Haus

Locals swear that Westover Beer Garden and Haus is the best place to hang with kids and enjoy a brew on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Hidden within the Westover Market, the Beer Haus is super fam-friendly with lots of other parents grabbing some shade and testing out one of the 16 micro brews they have on tap. With a giant volcano mural and twinkling lights outside, little ones will feel like they’ve stepped into a fairy tale oasis.

5863 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 
Online: westovermarketbeergarden.com

photo: photo: Derek H. via Yelp

Garden District

Tucked away on 14th street is a marriage of American and Bavarian culture. Garden District is a fun, kid-friendly BBQ joint that pays homage to the biergartens of southern Germany with rows of picnic tables anchored by Hofbrau Munchen umbrellas, which help keep little melons from roasting in the sun. Kiddos can tuck into some homemade cider donuts, while Mom and Dad sip an ice cold draft of Weihenstephaner hefe-weissbier or Kostritzer Schwarzbier (both are top German beers). For extra good little girls and boys, Garden District offers Coca-Cola Classic with real sugar, or Boylan’s orange cream soda.

1801 14th St. NW
Online: gardendistrictdc.com

—Wendy Miller

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As an anti-racist company, Red Tricycle and Tinybeans stands against the systemic racism towards Asian Americans, as well as all people of color. We strive to support our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and fellow humans in the fight for justice, and one way to do that is to support small businesses. We’ve rounded up a list of small and family-owned Asian American businesses that have tons of fun stuff for kids and families, so scroll down and start shopping!


Thamee is not only Asian-owned, but also woman- and LGBTQ-owned. And the food is out of this world good. Their Southeast Asian flavors are available two ways: as prepared dinner (ordered in advance) or as a Burma Box, allowing you to prepare the meal yourself at home in 30 minutes or less. Whether you let them do the cooking for you or order their ingredients to DIY it, you won’t regret a meal from Thamee.

Safety regulations: Thamee is currently open for take-out only.

1320 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
Online: thamee.com

Lock & Company

Traci Medlock is the photographer extraordinaire behind the lens of Lock & Company, a VA-based photography and video service company that specializes in family portraits, senior pictures, weddings and headshots. Traci has a knack for getting camera shy kiddos (and their camera-avoiding parents) to come out of their shells for swoon-worthy family portraits. She's also co-owner of The Librarian Box, a cultivated book service that sends fun, novel-themed gifts with each book selection. 

Online: thelockandco.com

Chocolate Chocolate

Korean Americans Frances and Ginger Park make a sisterly team as children's book authors and chocolatiers. They are the award winning co-authors of several children's books, including The Royal Bee and My Freedom Trip: A Child's Escape from North Korea and since 1984, they have co-managed Chocolate Chocolate. You'll find high-quality sweets, like handmade truffles and milk chocolate caramels. Looking for a kitschy gift for your out-of-town guest? Their chocolate monuments and Capitol replicas are fun to give (and eat!).  

Chocolate Chocolate
1130 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Online: chocolatedc.com/

ABC Guys Burger & Fries

Chef and restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang (who also notably owns Maketto and Yoka and Kota at Capitol Hill's The Roost) is offering this addictive burger-and-fry pop up at ABC Pony in the Navy Yard (a genius COVID pivot).  In addition to burgers, you can find some of his family style favorites, like chicken parm on a bun!   behind this infusion cuisine featuring Italian and Asian flavors. 

Insider tip: They offer takeout and delivery, with slightly different menus for each. If you get delivery, make sure you try one of their sweet treats for dessert!

ABC Pony
2 I Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Online: abcpony.com

Valery’s Wonderland Treats

Valery’s Wonderland Treats are hand-crafted by mom and entrepreneur Valeriia Li in her Chantilly, VA home with a next-level precision.  From cakes and cookies to other delectable treats, these works of art are almost too breathtakingly beautiful to eat! Flowers, The Beatles, little fairy homes – even anime is not outside her ability to create the perfect, one-of-a-kind dessert for your one-of-a-kind celebration. It does take some time for her to gather ingredients and prepare your stunning creation, so Li does recommend placing your order at least 3-4 weeks in advance via Whatsapp

Online: facebook.com


Haad Thai

Just the description of their flavors on the home page, with mentions of warm beaches and setting suns, makes us feel like we're on vacation when we think of Haad Thai. With traditional favorites such as Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles mingled with unique treasures like Bangkok Wings and the Chef’s Original Moo Yang, this menu is a delightful dance through Thai tastes.

Insider tip: Haad Thai does take reservations and it would be a good idea to snag one to make sure you get a table.

Haad Thai
1100 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 2005 
(202) 682-1111
Online: haadthairestaurant.com

photo: Maketto

Maketto 1351

Maketto is a delicious blend of Cambodian and Taiwanese cuisines. And boy, do they do it well! Their menu, though a little on the small side, offers some mouth-watering delights that you’ll struggle to choose between. From their Cambodian Style Pho to their Maketto Fried Chicken, it all sounds as good as it smells and tastes as good as it looks. They also offer a retail space on the second floor that features vintage records. 

Maketto 1351
1351 H Street N.E.
Washington DC 20002
(202) 838 – 9972
Online: maketto1351.com

Pure Love Macarons

Let the food come to you with Pure Love Macarons. Mom-on-a-mission Kim Moehnke started this gluten-free bakery business after wrestling with food allergies in her own home. Moehnke's son had his first emergency when he was just 17 months old and couldn't breathe. What followed was a series of doctors visits and a litany of medications (none of which solved his breathing issues). Finally, a visit to a nutritionist revealed the culprit: gluten.  Moehnke's dedication to cooking foods from scratch for her son inspired her to start a business based on the family's new favorite gluten-free treat. Pure Love Macarons is a home-based bakery that makes Paris look like it’s churning out knock-off macarons. And while her son’s health is better, she still runs the business, bringing gluten-free, organic love in every bite you have of her crazy-good macarons. home-based French macaron bakery that has been fully inspected, insured and is in compliance with the State of Virginia

Online: purelovemacarons.com

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There are lots of ways to curb a sugar craving, but donuts might be the best of all sugary worlds. Soft, chewy, rich, and decadent with dozens of varieties, you and your kids can all feel sweetly satisfied with donuts for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or your after-dinner dessert. Whether you want a chocolate glazed, jelly-filled, or one of the other 20 (at least!) varieties of donuts, these six shops can fill any tummy perfectly.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Kids craving donuts but it’s too close to dinner (or lunch)? Compromise and make a meal of their craving by heading to Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, where you can literally get dinner and dessert on the same plate – in the form of a chicken sandwich with a donut bun! Don’t want a donut bun? That’s cool! You can get a more traditional chicken meal and order your donuts for dessert when you’re done. Try the S’mores donut for a campfire treat anytime!

Safety regulations: Astro Doughnuts is open for to-go and delivery. 

Astro Doughnuts And Fried Chicken
1308 G Street NW
Online: astrodoughnuts.com

Duck Donuts

It’s a little bit of a drive to get Duck Donuts, but these custom made-to-order donuts are more than worth it! Order a dozen of their limited time seasonal donuts, their most popular assortments, or a dozen of your very own selections. You can also get a half-dozen, but who wants to limit themselves like that? They also offer a list of their “Fan Favorites,” offering some delicious donuts customers love, some of which are deliciously interesting.

Duck Donuts
2511 N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 300-9174
Online: duckdonuts.olo.com

B Doughnuts

B Doughnut has a bit of a cult-like following and it’s really no wonder: their Hawaiian-style Portuguese doughnuts are out of this world delicious!  Their donuts are more savory, such as the Ube-filled (purple yam) or the everything bagel doughnut, making this the perfect shop for those who like their sweet treats a little less sweet. In fact, they even state right on their website that they are “doughnuts for those who don’t really like doughnuts” and say that they may not taste or feel like most donuts. But they still have plenty of the sweet flavors too, with a whole collection of more traditionally glazed donuts. Check out their Cinnamon Toast Crunch Specialty Flavor, too! If you’re not usually a doughnut-lover or you're looking to lower your family sugar intake, give them a try!

B Doughnut
6700 Crain Highway, Suite 102
La Plata, MD
(301) 392-5285
Online: bdoughnut.com

Cloudy Donut

Want to indulge your donut cravings without guilt? The vegan donuts at Cloudy Donut are exactly what you’re looking for! These donuts are small batch, handcrafted, and only available three days a week (Fri.-Sun.). They’ve got unique flavors and names like Cookie Monster and Margarita (you can pretend it’s a real one, Mom!). You can also see what flavors will be available the following day and place a preorder to make sure you get your daily allowance of these yummy donuts on their Facebook page. They are a sweet little gem to indulge your sweet tooth while still living by your vegan values.

Cloudy Donut
4311 Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD 21214
(443) 885-9052
Online: facebook.com

District Doughnut and Coffee

If you’ve lived in DC more than a hot minute, you’re probably already familiar with District Doughnut and Coffee. But they’re still worth a mention for rotating their flavors seasonally. Check out the winter menu featuring such tasty treats as Gingerbread Cookie and Hot Cocoa doughnuts. And if you, or one of your littles, often feel like you’re missing out on the doughnut deliciousness because you can’t have gluten, they even have Gluten-free Fridays where they offer a different flavor donut in its gluten-free form!

District Doughnut and Coffee
749 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 817-3196
Online: districtdoughnut.com

photo: King Street Oyster

King Street Oyster Bar

Doughnut shops aren't the only place to nab a sweet treat. You'll find a number of DC restaurants that list fried dough on their menu, and King Street Oyster is one of our favorites. They serve a dessert platter of fresh donut holes that you can dunk in chocolate or raspberry dipping sauces. It's a fun after-dinner treat for the whole family. 

Safety regulations: DC dining is currently suspended in the District until 1/22. King Street Oyster Bar is open for pick-up & delivery. 

King Street Oyster
22 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 621-8513
Online: kingstreetoysterbar.com


—Wendy Miller

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When the snow starts falling, adults see shovels and plows, but kids see snowballs and sledding. Take a timeout this winter and join the kids in one of these snow activities. Whether you let your inner child out to play or just watch the kids do their thing, these are the seven best snow activities to do this winter (and the best locations to do them!)

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Who doesn’t love gliding over the snow on a sled or saucer? Lying flat on their stomachs, using rope to steer and hands to stop, every kid gets a thrill from sledding. And DC has no shortage of hills to rush down. One of the city's best hills is off-the-beaten path Battery Kemble Park. This hidden gem is in a residential area which keeps it tucked away from tourists and often sparsely populated – perfect for this year!

Where: Battery Kemble Park
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Washington, DC 20016
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If regular sledding feels a bit tame to you and your bunch, snowtubing might be just what you want. The higher speed combined with the lack of control offers an adventure that will get the adrenaline pumping. You can ride alone or in tandem, this activity is usually best for kids 5 & up. You don’t have to go far to have fun, either; Liberty Mountain Resort is a perfect day trip from DC. Due to social distancing, be sure you make reservations and are prepared for a cashless pay experience.

Where: Liberty Mountain Resort
78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley, PA
Online: libertymountainresort.com

photo: popofatticus via Flickr

Snowfort Building

Building a snowfort is a fun way to spend a snowy day  and, bonus!, you can use it as protection during an epic snow ball battles. Pick up this $10 brick maker  (it also works at the beach!) to help littles build a solid foundation. Want to get super fancy? See if you can add ramparts, turrets, and cubbyholes for extra fun. The best place to build with snow? Your own backyard! Let the kids do their thing while you keep hot cocoa warm on the stove and watch the merry snow-making adventures from your own patio (or through the windows!).

Where: Your own backyard
Online: backyardboss.net


The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of hiking if you enjoy snowshoeing. Snowshoeing gives hiking a whole different feel as you enjoy the shushed quiet of winter… well, as shushed as things get with kids. Snowshoeing is a great whole-family winter activity because if you can walk, you can snowshoe! The best place for snowshoeing is Canaan Valley with 35 kilometers of marked and ungroomed natural snow trails. And if you finish all those trails, you can head to the nearby White Grass Ski Touring Center for another 60 kilometers.

Where: Canaan Valley
230 Main Lodge Rd.
Davis, West Virginia 26260
Online: canaanresort.com

Make a Snowperson

Get creative by building a snowman or snowwoman. Let everyone build their own and decorate them complete with carrot noses, coal eyes, and scarves or bowties around their wintry necks. Use what you have around the house, or get a snowman kit here. Have a fam-friendly contest to decide who built the best snowperson (with prizes for everyone, of course!). Or make it a neighborhood-wide competition and let everyone on your block in on the fun. Want to up the stakes? Award the winner this snowman trophy ($24.99)! 

Where: Your own front yard
Online: qz.com


Skiing makes a great family activity and comes with built-in social distancing and masks! Whether you’re first-timers or experts, skiing offers a trail for everyone, ensuring that no one feels left out of the fun. And there’s no shortage of ski resorts nearby. Head to Winterplace Ski Resort for some of the best trails near DC. As an added bonus, if your littles get bored with skiing, they can also go snowtubing – including Kiddie Park for the younger kids!

Where: Winterplace Ski Resort
100 Old Flat Top Mt. Rd.
Ghent, WV 25843
Online: winterplace.com

Create a Snowy Sensory Box

Sensory boxes are a great way to let your kids explore things with their hands, and a snowy sensory box lets you bring the outdoors inside. For a kiddo who isn’t a big fan of being cold or for entertaining older kids while littler ones nap, a sensory box lets them have the fun of snow days while staying toasty inside. Add a variety of little toys (think polar bears and penguins), decorative crystals, and other things that can change or contrast with the texture and temperature of the snow. It can get a little messy, so be sure to have some bath mats or towels on hand. 

Where: In your kitchen
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

—Wendy Miller

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for crafters! Mini makers (and their parents) can get in on DIY holiday fun with these at-home projects. From embroidering a Christmas ornament to assembling the perfect gingerbread house, these take-and-make kits are a quick cure for cabin fever or the perfect boredom buster on a cold day or. The best thing about these crafts? Once you pick up a few simple supplies, you can spend quality fam time creating at home – no masks or distancing required!

Build a Gingerbread House

Who doesn’t love a beautiful gingerbread house at Christmas? But baking and building one from scratch can be frustrating. So save yourself the stress and buy this kit from the Gingerbread House Queen herself, Randi Brecher of Creative Cakes, and use her tips for building a classic (and sturdy!) house out of gingerbread. The kit is $65 and comes complete with all the gingerbread pieces, icing mix, an icing bag, and a bag each of sugar decorations, candy, and plastic decorations. This craft is best for kids who have a lot of patience because you do need to allow plenty of time between steps to ensure the house stands up to the chilly winds of winter.

Creative Cakes
8814 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1599

Online: creativecakes.com

Decorate Christmas Cookies (or Cakes!)

Holiday baking and decorating is a time-honored tradition. But who has time for all that baking? Save some time and get straight to the fun part – decorating – by ordering these cookie decorating kits from Cake Time. You can order a kit with a dozen cookies, three colors of Royal icing, sprinkles and instructions for $25. Prefer cake over cookies? They have Christmas cake decorating kits for $45! You can place your order online and pick it up or have it delivered. Outside the DC area? They ship too!

Cake Time
4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Ste #1H
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 657-0999

Online: caketimediy.com (local orders)

Needlepoint a Christmas Pillow

Let each kid choose their favorite design and Susan at The Point of It All will provide the canvas and fibers needed to produce it. Once everyone has stitched their canvas, return it to Susan and it will be sent off to make a beautiful (and memorable) pillow. You can also opt to have it turned into an ornament if you’d prefer! While the shop is closed to walk-in shopping, you can make your selections online and arrange for pickups/drop-offs at Susan’s home.

The Point of It All
5232 44th Street, NW, Suite 1
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 966-9898

Online: thepointofitallonline.com

Make Your Own Christmas Village

Love the cozy feel of a Christmas Village decoration but no time to put it out (and keep little hands from grabbing it?). Get the same feel with this easy-to-make, kid-friendly Holiday Houses craft kit. All you need is the kit and a glue stick or some double-sided tape. Each kit contains eight houses, so you can get one kit for the whole family or let each kid make their own kit. Perfect for kids ages 6+, this is super easy to assemble and doubles as adorable and cozy Christmas décor.

Paper Source
3019 M Street Northwest
Washington DC 20007
(888) 727-3711

Online: papersource.com

Paint Christmas Pottery

All Fired Up has two holiday pottery bundles available for home crafting. Their Christmas Bundle includes a Santa Bag, two flat ornaments of your choice, six pre-selected paint colors (with additional colors for $1/each), and brushes. The Winter Bundle contains a Snowman bag, Snowman dish, four pre-selected paint colors (additional colors $1/each), and brushes. When you place your order, you can choose to pick it up at one of their two locations or have it delivered for a $20 delivery fee. This is a simple yet fun craft that any kid will love.

All Fired Up

Cleveland Park
3413 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 363-9590

4923 Elm Street
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 654-3206

Online: allfiredupdc.com

Winter Wonderland Water Sensory Bottle

Got a little one who loves Frozen and Elsa? Then they’ll love this water sensory bottle that’s reminiscent of Elsa’s frozen castle with silver and blue glitter! The instructions are super simple and it uses materials you can get anywhere – and you might even have some of them in the house already. And you can make this water sensory bottle with anything you want, so if your kiddo’s not a fan of silver and blue or you want to skip the glitter, there are plenty of other options. Check out the video for complete instructions.

Online: nationalchildrensmuseum.org

Embroider Holiday Ornaments

Swing by Shop Made in DC for a complete kit to make your own embroidered holiday ornament. The $30 kit has everything you need to make one ornament that will eventually be a cherished memory for both you and your kiddo. Unable to go out and pick it up? That’s okay – they deliver too!

Shop Made in DC- Dupont Circle
1710 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 270-4065

Shop Made in DC - Wharf
10 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 270-1529

Shop Made in DC - Georgetown
1533 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 905-5799

Shop Made in DC - ROOST
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20003

Online: shopmadeindc.com

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photo: Hill Country

Hill Country
Is there anything more authentically American than Turkey for Thanksgiving? How about turkey with a BBQ flair? Hill Country is offering two packages for dinner at home. The Texas Turkey Box serves 2-4 and is $165 and the Thanksgiving Feast serves 8-10 for $275. Both meals come with sides, cornbread, and pie for dessert. Both options are cold with instructions to reheat at home. Once your order is placed, you can pick up between 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday 11/25 or 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

410 7th St. NW
Judiciary Sq.
Online hillcountry.com

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Known for perfectly combining Parisian flavors with those from right here at home and responsibly sourcing ingredients, Bresca is offering a delectable yet simple Thanksgiving feast at home. With a package to serve two people for $125 and one to serve four for $225, this meal comes complete with a heritage turkey, five sides including a green bean casserole made with shiitake mushrooms, and dessert. You can place your order now for pickup on Wednesday 11/25 or Thanksgiving day.

1906 14th St. NW

photo: Rose’s Luxury

Rose’s at Home
If Rose’s chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in your house (pictured above), you’ll want to check out their Thanksgiving feast to-go. This meal comes with lemon-pepper brined and roasted turkey, salad, three sides, a classic cranberry sauce, and Hawaiian rolls. Serving 2-4 for $240 and 6-8 for $480, this meal will not only satisfy your craving for turkey and carbs, but also provides a donation to the DC Food Project. You can place your order now for your Thanksgiving feast to be picked up on Wednesday 11/25 or Thanksgiving or to be delivered on Tuesday 11/24 or Wednesday 11/25. Rose’s also delivers within a 30 mile radius! 

717 8th St. SE
Barracks Row
Online: rosesathome.com

Lincoln Restaurant
Lincoln Restaurant is offering Thanksgiving at home with a salad, farm turkey with country gravy, three sides, and dessert. Prices range from $75-335 depending on whether you choose the package for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 people. Orders can be placed by going to their website and clicking the link for Thanksgiving at home or calling the restaurant.

1110 Vermont Ave. NW
Online: lincolnrestaurant-dc.com


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Seasons 52
Seasons 52’s menu is always in harmony with nature, and for Thanksgiving, nature delivers a mouthwatering traditional meal. Roasted turkey, savory pan gravy with mashed potatoes, stuffing and more are waiting to delight your taste buds. When the meal is over, everyone gets their own mini-dessert to satisfy their sweet tooth. Meals serve 4-6 and are $150. You’ll be able to pick up your meal on Tues.11/24 or Wed. 11/25. To place your online order, make sure you first select one of those two dates..

7863L Tysons Corner Ctr.
McLean, VA
Online: seasons52.com

Give your Thanksgiving dinner some French flair by heading to Falls Church. 2941 always offers a delicious Thanksgiving meal and this year they’ve created one that’s perfect to take home. The base meal starts at $240, feeds six and includes half a roasted turkey (breast and leg), two appetizers, two sides, and two veggies. You can add additional dishes a la carte if you need more or want to add dessert. Meals will be ready for pick up on 11/25 (packed cold for reheating) or 11/26 (heated and ready-to-eat).

2941 Fairview Park Dr.
Falls Church, VA
Online: 2941.com

photo: Blue Duck Tavern via Yelp


Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern has created a Thanksgiving menu that will have you quacking with excitement to eat it. Starting at $445, the meal feeds 6-8 with a turkey, two breads, four sides including Butter-Whipped Potatoes & Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing, condiments and two pies for dessert. You can add on a cheese & charcuterie board for an extra $95 too. When you place your order online, you’ll choose a time between Wednesday 11/25 at 11 a.m. and Thursday 11/26 at 3 p.m. to pick up your order.

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St NW
West End
Online: blueducktavern.com

Bindaas offers authentic Indian street food, and on Thanksgiving, they offer a menu that puts that unique twist on a traditional American meal. This year, they’re offering their Thanksgiving menu that includes Turkey Samosas and Cornbread-Brussels Sprouts Kofta, for delivery. The regular menu will also be available. There’s no need to order ahead of time. Simply place your order for delivery on Thanksgiving between noon and 8:30 p.m.

2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Foggy Bottom

3309 Connecticut Ave. NW
Cleveland Park
Online: bindaasdc.com


photo: Pinstripes via Yelp

Stay & Play

Had enough of staying at home and ready to get out of the house? Burned the turkey and need a last minute way to both feed and entertain the family? Head over to Pinstripes where you can bowl or play bocce ball while you wait for your meals. Have your food delivered game-side so the fun doesn’t have to stop while you chow down. Pinstripes may also be right up your alley if the traditional turkey and sides isn’t your thing. They’ll be serving their usual menu, so you can munch on juicy burgers, yummy flatbreads and creamy pastas as you give thanks.

1064 Wisconsin Ave NW
Online: pinstripes.com

—Wendy Miller

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The museum has reopened – with required free timed-entry passes reserved in advance– and has a couple of new exhibits. Check out the “Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field,” exhibit featuring photo essays by Native photojournalists Russel Albert Daniels and Tailyr Irvine. Why We Serve is another new exhibit featuring personal stories of Native veterans and the 250 years of service they’ve provided to the military from colonial times to the present day.

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4th St. SW
National Mall
Online: americanindian.si.edu

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Online: americanindian.si.edu

Make an Authentic Native American Recipe

Did you know that New England Clam Chowder and Boston Baked Beans both originated as Native American recipes? While we all patiently wait for Mitsitam Native Food Cafe to reopen in the National Museum for the American Indian, you can enjoy some of the cafe's recipes at home with a new-found respect for their origins.  Looking for more quick and easy meals? Check out these four simple recipes for a quick addition to any meal.

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Rethink Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, consider including cultural sensitive activities in to your day. You can start with this Thanksgiving Address, courtesy of the Six Nations Indian Museum. Want to explore more Native perspective? Check out the National Museum of the American Indian’s website, Native Knowledge 360

Online: americanindian.si.edu

Take an App-Guided Historical Tour

The Guide to Indigenous DC app takes you on a nine-mile guided tour of some of the Indigenous history of the city. You’ll visit sites where local tribes once had settlements as well as more modern historical sites, such as where key protests against the Dakota Pipeline took place. You’ll also visit the Iwo Jima Memorial in which one of the soldiers is Ira Hayes, member of the Pima tribe – a reference that many tourists (and some locals) overlook.

Insider tip: The app is available only for iOS.

Online: apps.apple.com

Visit the Statue of Chief Standing Bear

Chief Standing Bear’s statue is a recent addition to the National Statuary Hall by the state of Nebraska. In 1878, Chief Standing Bear unintentionally became the first – and possibly least-known – civil rights leader in America when he fought to leave the Reservation he had been forced on to and bury his 16-year-old son on tribal land. His arrest and trial led to a court ruling that Native Americans were people with the same rights as other citizens under the Constitution.

COVID-19 Update: At this time, The Capitol Visitors Center has cancelled all tours. We will update this story when the U.S. Capitol is open to the public again. In the meantime, you can take a virtual tour of the statue here. 

First St. SE
Capitol Hill
Online: aoc.gov/chief-standing-bear

Make Movie Night Educational

Run out of family-friendly movies on Netflix? Tune in to The Native Cinema Showcase on Wed., Nov. 18- 22 for this annual celebration of the best Native flicks. Sponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian, this year's films include Racoon and Crawfish and other family-friendly shorts on Sat., Nov. 21.  

Insider tip: If your family enjoys Racoon and Crawfish, you can pick up an illustrated version of the Oneida Legend here. 

Online: nmai.live/nativecinemashowcase


Learn About Local Tribes

If you want to learn more about the original inhabitants of the DC area, you can start here. Twelve tribes originally occupied the Capital area; today just 5,000 decedents remain. Many of the tribes that still call this area home maintain websites where you can learn about upcoming events and verify operating hours and fees for ancestral museums and cultural centers. Due to COVID, many annual traditions, like the Howard County Pow-Wow have been cancelled, but you can still catch these performances online

Online: ala.org/indigenous-tribes-washington-dc


Plant Native Flowers

Whether you plant them in your own yard or a community garden, planting plants that are native to the area is a great way to honor Native American Heritage Month and support Mother Nature at the same time. A little research will turn up lots of flowers, trees, and shrubs perfect for this. Let the kids get their hands filthy and absorb some Vitamin D while doing some good for the planet even as you honor those who were here before you.

Online: dc.gov/nativeplants

Read a Native American Author

Whether you typically read a bedtime story every night or want to choose a family read-aloud to pass the time, a great way to honor this month is to choose some Native American authors. From the littlest munchkins through high school, including comics and graphic novels, here’s a good list to start looking for the perfect books for your personal library. To purchase Wild Berries by Julie Flett (pictured above), go here

Online: firstnations.org

—Wendy Miller


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Native Cinema Showcase: Children’s Short Films

Insider’s Guide to the National Mall