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Washington, D.C. is one of the best options when traveling with the kids because there’s so much history here and many of the attractions are free. Add in a discount hotel, and you’re pretty much good to go. But eating out can be expensive. Here are some great family friendly eateries in Washington, D.C. that also help you stay in budget.

7 Family Friendly eateries in Washington, D.C.

El Pollo Rico

Chicken with a Peruvian flair, this restaurant has great family deals, including the Family Deal which includes chicken, three large sides, and eight sauces for only $20. Get a la carte items including large cole slaw for $3, fried plantain for $2.60, and tamales for $2.

Family friendly eateries

Family friendly eateries – Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza – Image via Flickr by anokarina

Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

Besides the ever-popular pizza, you can also find salads, pasta, and paninis. The 18-inch pizzas, big enough to feed most families, run from $14 for a cheese pizza to $27 for the gourmet options. Kids’ meals include spaghetti or cheese ravioli for only $6.

Taylor Gourmet

Highly regarded for its hoagie sandwiches and house-roasted meats, you can get a succulent lunch out and still stay on budget. Kids’ meals are $4, salads run about $8 to $10, and sandwiches run $7.50 to $11 depending on how hungry you are. (Hint: Get the full hoagie and split with someone to save some dough.)

District Taco

Family friendly eateries – Disctric Taco – Image via Flickr by m01229

District Taco

Formerly a food truck and now a brick-and-mortar restaurant, you can get a kids’ meal for $5 that includes a taco or quesadilla, bean and rice or chips, and a drink. For the adults, you can get three tacos for $8. These tacos are made of fresh ingredients and are simply some of the best fare in the area.

Julia's empanadas

Family friendly eateries – Julia’s empanadas – Image via Flickr by anokarina

Julia’s Empanadas

Here you’ll find a full meal featuring fresh empanadas at an amazing price. Choose from one of the eight empanada varieties for only $4 each or get one of the two meal deals for about $7. No matter which one you go with, you’ll get great food without emptying your wallet.

Horace and Dickies

Horace and Dickies specializes in quality seafood. Here you’ll find sandwiches from $6 to $8 and side orders at $2.50 for a small and $5 for a large. Sides include the faves like baked mac and cheese, collard greens, potato salad, and hushpuppies. Splurge on a fish dinner for $11 and a slice of pie for $2.75. Located north of the main D.C. area, it’s within walking distance of many Washington, D.C. hotels.

Ercilia’s Restaurant

Specializing in Salvadoran food, natives of that area can’t help but rave about the papusas, which are grilled corn tortillas that are stuffed with vegetables, meat, and/or cheese. At just $3 per papusa, you can easily get filled for very little dough. It should be noted that wait times are generally 15 to 20 minutes, but the food is worth the wait.

When traveling with your family on the cheap, the last thing you want to do is get fast food all the time to save money on your budget. Choose one of these local restaurants that serve fresh, amazing food for about the same price as fast food. You won’t be disappointed.
you’ll find a full meal.

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