Ju­nior league: 5 good places to try

Look­ing for some­where to take your kids? Here are a few sug­ges­tions.

The Washington Post - - FROM THE COVER - — Becky Krys­tal

All-Pur­pose

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. allpur­posedc.com.

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. di­noin­shaw.com.

Pas­sionFish

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, pas­sion­fishre­ston.com; 7187 Wood­mont Ave., Bethesda, pas­sion­fish­bethesda.com.

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. teds­bul­letin.com.

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. trum­mer­son­main.com.

TED’S BULLETIN BY BON­NIE JO MOUNT/THE WASH­ING­TON POST

ALL-PUR­POSE BY DIXIE D. VEREEN FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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