A sophisticated dinner with the kids? It can be done. These kids’ menus go above and beyond chicken fingers and buttered noodles.
Treat your little one to the Foodie in Training menu. Junior foodies can try roasted celeriac soup ($4) or pork and veal meatballs ($11), served atop mini winter vegetables, angel hair pasta and tomato sauce. The spotlight falls on the mocktails menu with a no-jito and apple snap ($7). 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Va., 703.847.5000
2. Trummer’s on Main
Chef Austin Fausett offers children under 14 the chance to indulge in a five-course tasting menu. Highlights include fried arancini, risotto balls with escabeche mayo or horseradish-crusted organic salmon served over green cauliflower puree, mushroom duxelle stuffed endive and beurre rouge. $38, 7134 Main St., Clifton, Va., 703.266.1632
3. Old Ebbitt Grill
The finger-food platter ($9) shines on this kid’s menu with a spread of tasty carrots, “ants” on a celery log, hummus, ranch dressing, toasted pita bread and seasonal fruit. If your child is looking for something more mature, try the salmon teriyaki ($9) or sauteed Maine cod ($9). 675 15th St. NW, 202.347.4800
Little foodies with a grown-up palate can join Passionfish for adult-like kiddie options. Try the beginner sushi roll ($7), only for the most adventurous of junior sushi lovers. 7187 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301.358.6116
Offering unique bites such as iceberg lettuce with blue cheese ($5), Firefly’s two-part kid’s menu highlight is its interactive dessert special. Children can create their own sugar cookies with seasonally themed decorating supplies, and then bake them on the spot for a creative treat. 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.861.1310