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Moms Talk Q&A: Family-Friendly Dining Out

Sound-off with our Moms Council about this week's hot topic: family-friendly dining.

Moms Talk is a new feature on Georgetown Patch that is part of a new initiative on our Patch sites to reach out to moms and families.

Georgetown Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families right here in Georgetown.

Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms and dads take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

Moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up our community will have a new resource for questions about local neighborhood schools, the best pediatricians, 24-hour pharmacies and the thousands of other issues that arise while raising children.

Moms Talk will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Do you know of local moms raising their children in the Tiger Mother's way and is it the best way? Where can we get information on local flu shot clinics for children? How do we talk to our children about the Tucson shootings? How can we help our children's schools weather their budget cutbacks?

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today:

Where have you had good or bad experiences taking your children out to eat locally? What is your favorite place to dine out with the whole family?

Guiomar Barbi Ochoa March 09, 2011 at 02:24 PM
With an 11 month old, you just never know what's going to happen! I'm TERRIFIED that I'll take her somewhere and she'll start screaming or throw food or something like that. While I've taken her to fast food type places, we haven't attempted a more formal sit down locale. I can give a big thumbs up to Patisserie Poupon. We've taken her there a few times and find that, especially the little outdoor area, is nice for children. If I can give any advice to local restaurants it's...PLEASE INVEST IN A FEW HIGHCHAIRS! It makes our lives so much easier when you have them!
Judith Bunnell March 09, 2011 at 05:13 PM
I have a "big kid" now but when she was little I know we tried to get to restaurants early and picked ones that could get food on the table quickly and were not too quiet.
Judith Bunnell March 09, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Has anybody tried Furin's with a child? It seems noisy enough!
Jennifer Perry March 09, 2011 at 07:57 PM
While we avoid the intimate, romantic restaurants, we've taken our kids to a lot of places. Less lately just because its more expensive to feed 4 at a restaurant. There have been times when it hasn't been as planned, but more often than not they are well behaved. Key is distraction - lots of crayons, books, little toys. We've had good luck at Kavanaugh's, Aditi, Old Glory, Cafe Deluxe, Chef Geoff's (which has baby food on the menu too) to name a few. I've seen alot of adults with poor dinner behavior (cellphones ringing, loud talking) so the occasional outburst doesn't stress me out as much anymore. Also, getting them in the habit of sitting down to a family meal time everyday at home practices restaurant behavior ahead of time.
Judith Bunnell March 09, 2011 at 08:02 PM
We took my niece to the restaurant at the Georgetown Inn..the wait staff fawned all over her and were great!

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