Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema chose All-Purpose as his No. 1 restaurant in the 2016 Fall Dining Guide. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Looking for somewhere to take your kids — that you’ll also enjoy? Here are a few suggestions.


This pizzeria is especially popular with parents at lunch. There’s plenty of ambient noise, and a couple of booths along one wall are ideal for families. Plus, you can make reservations. And is any other food as kid-friendly as pizza? 1250 Ninth St. NW.

Dino’s Grotto

The price of the children’s menu varies depending on age: $8 per dish for ages 6-12 and $5 for younger than 6. The offerings are a nice mix between familiar and comforting food that can play to more daring tastes. Dishes include a jamon and mozzarella antipasto, fish or shrimp with potato, and a build-your-own pasta with such toppings as a mild tomato sauce, boar and olive oil. 1914 Ninth St. NW.


The children’s menu comes with a few activities to keep little ones entertained (word search, puzzles, etc.) but also helps introduce them to seafood, with such fare as a simply grilled catch of the day, crispy fish and a “beginner sushi roll” with crab or vegetables. (There’s some menu overlap with sister restaurant TenPenh, too.) 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston; 7187 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda.

Ted’s Bulletin, which has locations in the District, Fairfax, Gaithersburg and Reston, is popular with families. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post) (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)
Ted’s Bulletin

Breakfast served all day, a kids’ menu, booths and toys on hand — there are plenty of reasons this local chain is a favorite with families. Ted’s doesn’t take reservations, but call-ahead seating can take the pain out of the wait. Multiple locations.

Trummer’s on Main

Particularly good for slightly older kids who might relish their own “petit gourmand” tasting menu ($38) for a special occasion. Smaller dishes can be ordered off the regular menu for children, and there are plenty of spaces indoors and out to take your little one should he or she start getting fussy. 7134 Main St., Clifton, Va. .