Say "DC," and "National Mall" and "Capitol" will probably be some of the first things to come to mind. These are great Washington spots since most of the museums and attractions are centralized around the National Mall and U.S. Capitol Building. But finding good, kid-friendly, and inexpensive food when you're hungry and tired from lots of walking can be a challenge.
Mommy Poppins DC is here to help with the best family-friendly restaurants we discovered near the Mall and around Capitol Hill.
Food Truck Land - Right in the middle of the National Mall, on 7th St NW, several food trucks line up daily with a huge range of lunch offerings. There’s nowhere much to sit except park benches or the grass, but it’s cheap and easy.
Grab a quick, tasty, and easy bite from one of many area food trucks. Photo by Ted Eytan/CC BY 2.0
The Hamilton - The Hamilton looks like a tourist trap, but the food's good and plentiful. The restaurant is huge so getting a table without a reservation is easy, and it’s owned by the same people and offers a similar menu as the more popular Old Ebbitt Grill.
b Burger - Just north of the Mall in the area around the US Navy Memorial Plaza are a bunch of casual restaurants. b Burger offers great burgers, but also huge salads and other offerings. The portions are big so feel free to order off the small bites section of the menu. Plus they have a nice kids menu that gets you a main, side, and drink for under $7. Other good options in this area are Teaism and Hill Country Barbecue.
Cafe Berlin - In nice weather, grab a brat and a beer at Cafe Berlin which offers an outdoor biergarten (and if anything as parents, we know that eating outside makes eating out with kids much easier).
Mitsitam - Inside the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is a lovely cafeteria offering a good variety of seasonal, indigenous foods. It’s the best place for a quick meal or snack without having to trek off the Mall.
Lunch at Mitsitam isn't your usual museum cafeteria fare. Photo by ilya_ktsn/CC BY 2.0
Carmine's - Enjoy some Italian fare at the fun and bustling Carmine's, which serves up family-style food in DC's Penn Quarter, just a few blocks from National Mall.
Hard Rock Café - If you're looking to add to your Hard Rock t-shirt collection, then head on over to this location of the world famous restaurant a couple blocks north of the Natural History Museum.
Top photo courtesy of b Burgers via Facebook