My 7-yr-old son and I will be meeting my boyfriend in DC next weekend (the day of Cherry Blossom parade). We are looking for a place to unwind and eat in the late afternoon/evening. Browsing through the many links here and guides and webpages devoted to DC, I see tons of places that might work, but if I checked them all out to see if they meet all our requirements the week would be over before we get there! Can you help?
We're not sure yet how we're spending the day. BF had a long fascination with Japan, but little one gets anxious around crowds and noisy places, so I'm not sure about the street festival. We're also thinking of Glen Echo or the C&O Canal in Georgetown or the Smithsonian's Family Jazz Day in Fort Dupont park. We are staying at the Radisson near National Airport, not out of any love for corporate surroundings but because they have suites. We will have a car.
We'd like to eat someplace that has
a varied menu including vegetarian food and straight-forward food (see below)
casual outdoor dining (preferably a pedestrian zone, courtyard or other off-street location not adjacent to a parking lot)
live music (but not too loud for conversation)
drinks for grown-ups.
Alternately, we might want to go to the concert before the fireworks in the evening--boyfriend loves sunsets--but would need to know where to pick up a picnic nearby or what vendors tend to sell at this event. Of course, if the fireworks are visible from patios in Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown, or elsewhere, that's worth knowing too.
My son knows how to behave in a restaurant, but I'd prefer not to hang out with him in a smoky meat-market scene. He likes Thai and Ethiopian food and Indian sag paneer and dal in addition to the typical pizza, mac n cheese, hot dogs on kiddie menus. BF is a light eater, does not get into lentils, prefers steak, chicken, and pasta. I prefer to support fair trade-type places, if possible, but for this occasion would settle for tasty food and happy companions.
Thanks for your help