Top 6 Restaurants: Where Kids Eat For FREE (A Clarendon Moms Guide)

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I’ve strolled up and down Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard at least a hundred times pushing my two kids in their double stroller or red wagon and dining at various restaurants. However, I’ve never bothered to look at the “Specials” on the chalkboards outside of the restaurants let alone inquire about “specials for kids” once inside the restaurant. That is, until earlier this week. My three year old son and I were enjoying the 40 degree January weather while walking to go pick up my five year old daughter from Kindergarten when a sign outside of The Hard Times Cafe practically jumped out at me. It read “KIDS EAT FREE ALL DAY MONDAY & TUESDAY”. What? What? What?! Really? Were my eyes playing tricks on me? As I’m smiling like a stressed out mom getting a day of pampering in a luxury day spa, I suddenly realized I’d never seen this before in Clarendon. I was a little shocked and I didn’t quite understand why I was so pleasantly surprised. Perhaps it was because of the sheer amount of restaurants in the neighborhood that seem to cater towards singletons and the double income/no kids crowd or those that care nothing about a bargain. Most restaurants in the Clarendon-Courthouse area DO offer Kids Meals. However, I’ve never seen a sign offering up “Free Meals” and I now know it’s because I never paid attention and I’ve never ever thought to look for it. After Logan and I picked up Ella, we met up with one of my gal pals and enjoyed a nice lunch for 4 at The Hard Times Cafe. There was so much food, we left with doggy bags”. And the best thing about it: It was a whopping $22 before tip. I’m still in heaven thinking about how great the food was and how much fun we had, not to mention–the bargain!

This experience inspired me to call up the 30+ Restaurants we have from the Clarendon-Courthouse area all the way to Ballston and Rosslyn. These are my Top 6 Restaurants Offering “Kids Eat Free Specials”. Happy Dining! [Read more...]

Clarendon Moms Guide: Top 15 Places to Host A Kids Birthday Party 2014 (VA/DC)

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CLARENDON MOMS (A TOP 15) GUIDE TO LOCAL BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES 2014

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Clarendon Moms Guide to Catering Your Thanksgiving Dinner 2013 (You still have time to host without cooking!)

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year and interested in catering instead of slaving over a hot stove? Here is my guide to some of the best places to order an entirely pre-cooked Thanksgiving Day Feast. Wishing you and your family a very warm and fun-filled Holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Whole Foods Market
Offered at Clarendon/Arlington Location and many locations throughout the Washington DC Area. The organic food store offers complete Thanksgiving dinners with an organic turkey OR Vegan Turkey with the traditional trimmings stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce OR Gluten Free and Vegan Options. Orders can be placed in person at each store, over the phone, or online. And for those of you who miss the deadline to place an order, there will be plenty of pre-packaged fresh items on the shelf (while supplies last).

Boston Market Whether you need a banquet with all the fixings or a few home style sides, you can trust us with your holiday celebration. All for about the same price as your local grocery store and without the hassle of cooking.

Liberty Tavern

Liberty Tavern is offering an all you can eat Thanksgiving Buffet for only $30. This is perfect for those not interested in staying home or going to someone else’s house for the traditional dinner. Get all dolled up and enjoy your holiday at a very fine establishment in Clarendon.

City House 

The cityhouse restaurants can be found in Manhattan in New York, New York; San Francisco, California; and Arlington, Virginia. Set within some fabulous hotels, city house restaurants are ideally located near each city’s most popular events and attractions, making them a favorite choice for residents and visitors to enjoy a special dining experience for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We are very lucky to have one within the Rosslyn-Clarendon Corridor. City House/Rosslyn is offering a $29 3-Course Pre-Fixe Dinner on Thanksgiving. Call for Reservations!

Balduccis
Three locations in the DC Area: 10323 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD (301) 564-3100. 600 Franklin Street Alexandria, VA (703) 549-6611, 6655 Old Dominion Drive McLean, VA (703) 448-3828. The Thanksgiving menu showcases traditional turkey and a selection of modern side dishes and desserts.

Safeway
Offered at the Rosslyn and Lee Heights Locations and most areas in Northern Virginia. Safeway offers several different heat and serve turkey dinners with side dishes and desserts.

Rocklands BBQ  

Monday through Friday of this week, every Rocklands will be serving Thanksgiving on a Bun as our blue-plate special.  Turkey, stuffing, cranberry dressing and mayo on a potato roll, all for just $6.99.  And if you need potatoes and gravy too, well, you can add french fries and gravy on top for just $1 more.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, 4838 Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, MD, and its sister restaurantAssaggi Osteria,, 6641 Old Dominion Drive in McLean, VA will offer three Thanksgiving feasts “to go.” Guests can choose from three pre-cooked options: the Italian Roasted Turkey Dinner; Italian Roasted Turkey Breast (only) Dinner, and the Italian Style Turkey Dinner Three-Ways. The “to go” menus are priced at $180, $140 and $210, and serve between six and eight people. Each “to go” menu also includes a choice of dinner rolls, two condiments, three sides and one dessert. Desserts can also be ordered a la carte, and are priced between $25 and $30 each.

EPIC Smokehouse
1330 South Fern St. Arlington, VA. Located near the Pentagon City Mall, EPIC will offer a limited supply of turkey dinners for carryout that will feed up to 10 people. Pick up a 10-12lb turkey that can be either smoked or fried. Turkey dinners cost $70 and include gravy along with a choice of three homemade sides. Selections include mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and creamed corn. An extra side can be purchased for an additional $10.

 

Clarendon Moms Official Inaugural Balls Guide 2013

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Official Inaugural Balls

Inauguration Weekend is a fantastic weekend to go for a night out on the town in the Nation’s Capitol. Lots of celebrity spotting and glamourous activities. There is still time to get tickets to some of these fantastic events!

  • Children’s Concert - Saturday, January 19, 2013.Washington Convention Center. Hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to honor children and spouses of those serving in the Armed Forces. The concert will feature popular young artists. This event is by invitation only.
  • Commander In Chief’s Ball – Monday, January 21, 2013. Washington Convention Center. For members of the Armed Forces. Tickets will be free for invited guests, including active duty and reserve service members, Medal of Honor recipients and wounded warriors, among others, with troops overseas participating via video. Performers will include Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Marc Anthony. A live stream of the event will be available online at www.pentagonchannel.mil.
  • The Inaugural Ball - Monday, January 21, 2013. Washington Convention Center. Limited tickets were distributed to the public. The ticketing process is now closed. Performers will include Alicia Keys, Black Violin, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, FUN., members of the Glee cast, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder and Usher.

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Clarendon Moms Guide To The Presidential Inauguration 2013

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Clarendon Moms Inauguration Guide 2013

The Presidential Inauguration is around the corner. President Obama will be sworn in for his second term next Monday, January 21st, 2013. The date is also a Federal Holiday commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. An entire week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring President Barack Obama for his second term. The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future,” monumentalizing the United States’ perseverance and unity, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863.

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