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5 Restaurants for a Great Kids Menu

A sophisticated dinner with the kids? It can be done. These kids’ menus go above and beyond chicken fingers and buttered noodles. 

SHORT ORDER
Trummer’s on Main features a kids-only tasting menu. 

1. Harth
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

4. Passionfish
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

5. Firefly
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