Volume II features Marumen Ramen, Jose Andres (China Chilcano and Oyamel), Ted's Bulletin, and dim sum at Mark's Duck House.
ramen - perfect food to share with kids
Everyone loved: pork belly buns (perfect food for little hands!)
Kids enjoyed: Shio (sea salt) broth
Four year old loved: edamame (had two servings, both complementary)
our kids and jose andres
For little ones: Lucky 12 dim sum (three tiers, pictures above left) and Chicharron sandwich (ask for it without the hot sauce)
My husband and I enjoyed: Tam Tam noodles, pictured below
Notes: Yes, there are high chairs. There is no changing table in the bathroom but the sink counter is quite roomy and there is space to lay down a blanket and change a baby's diaper. The Chicha Morada (purple corn, pineapple and spices) was a bit too complex for the four year old. The corn flavor was definitely more prominent than the pineapple. Also, be mindful that many things are maybe a bit spicy for very young palates (and I tend to push the envelope with spiciness for my kids). E.g. there is a spicy sauce on the yucca fries.
All of us love: all the tacos and the tres leches, pictured below
There is no changing table but there is a bench that you can use for that purpose in the bathroom downstairs.
no brainer - ted's bulletin
dim sum at mark's duck house
Falls Church, Va
Kids loved: duck soup with wontons, (dim sum) shrimp and garlic chives dumpling, shrimp and pork shui mai, combo crispy noodles
ice cream in great falls
Great Falls Creamery
766 Walker Rd.
Great Falls, Va
a few more tips
1. We generally eat family style (sharing dishes; never a separate chicken nuggets meal) and the rule at our table is that they have to try at least one bite of everything. I always bring cheese, fruit, veggie snacks and milk in case they happen to just graze during the meal or if the waiter takes a while to bring the food out.
2. Clean up after the baby. We let the kids feed themselves and try not to get preoccupied with the mess they make during dinner. Afterwards though, I always clean up under the high chair and around the table.
3. Reduce stress by having a late lunch or an early dinner. Showing up at 5 on the nose before the dinner crowd arrives is how we do it.