Dining out with kids can cost big bucks…unless their meal is on the house. From burgers and fries to shawarma and kibbeh, these eateries serve up parent-approved plates at no cost for kids. Some even cap the supper off with a complimentary dessert. Can it get any better than that?

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Monday

The Daily Dish
The Daily Dish offers diners seasonally inspired, farm fresh cuisine. What’s that mean when you’re under 10? That you can chow down on well made, flavorful mac and cheese and burgers for free on Mondays!

8301 Grubb Rd. (Silver Spring, MD)
301-588-6300
Online: thedailydishrestaurant.com

Surfside
Laid back food and tasty tacos. What’s there not to love? Kids can get in on the free action with a paying adult every Monday evening.

2444 Wisconsin Ave.
202-380-9353
Online: surfsidedc.com

Hard Times Cafe
Known for doling out the coziest of comfort foods (think: chili and mac and cheese), kids eat free with an adult entree every Sunday and Monday.

1404 King St. (Alexandria, VA)
Online: hardtimes.com

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Tuesday

Pizzeria Orso
Pizza eaters can rejoice, and enjoy pizza on a budget at Pizzeria Orso for Kid Tuesday. They happily hook up the little diners (age 10 and under) with a free kids’ meal with the order of a traditional or specialty pizza.

400 South Maple Ave. (Falls Church, Va)
703-226-3460
Online: pizzeriaorso.com

Whitlows on Wilson
You know you’re cool when Buzzfeed says you’re cool and Whitlow’s is officially cool. Offering burgers, salads, and the like, they also have a tiki bar on the roof. Probably no kids at the bar but, if they’re under 10, you can drag them along Tuesday-Sunday between 4 pm and 7 pm for a free kid’s meal. You get one free kids meal per adult meal which means shucks, you have to eat too!

2854 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon, Va)
703-276-9693
Online: whitlows.com

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Wednesday

Los Toltecos
Here you’ll find straightforward, authentic Mexican food (think: chimichangas, enchiladas, and burritos). The grub is free for kids when they’re tagging along with a paying adult.

4111 Duke St. (Alexandria, Va)
703-370-4111
Online: lostoltecosrestaurant.com

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Thursday

Lebanese Taverna
This family-owned restaurant (with locations throughout the DMV) serves up tasty Arabic food where you can grab free kid eats on Thursday. The kibbeh is some of the best and totally enticing to the under-10 set.

1605 Rockville Pike Congressional Plaza (Rockville, Md)
301-468-9086
Online: lebanesetaverna.com

Rosa Mexicano
You can eat Mexican food and drink fancy margaritas with a modern twist at Rosa Mexicano with your kiddos in tow. They have a number of gluten free options and kids can eat free from the Young Amigos menu on Sunday-Thursday nights if mom or dad order an entrée.

5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW
202-777-9959
Online: rosamexicano.com

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Friday

Whitlows on Wilson
You know you’re cool when Buzzfeed says you’re cool and Whitlow’s is officially cool. Offering burgers, salads, and the like, they also have a tiki bar on the roof. Probably no kids at the bar but, if they’re under 10, you can drag them along Tuesday-Sunday between 4 pm and 7 pm for a free kid’s meal. You get one free kids meal per adult meal which means shucks, you have to eat too!

2854 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon, Va)
703-276-9693
Online: whitlows.com

iHop
Like kids need to be talked into free pancakes! Get ‘em piping hot and for zero dollars every night of the week at participating iHops, 4 pm-8 pm, with the purchase of an adult entrée.

3100 14th St., NW
202-939 0500
Online: ihop.com

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Weekends

Shane’s Rib Rack
Perfect spot to enjoy finger lickin’ BBQ and on Sunday you can drag your teeny cowboys and girls along for free.

7698 Richmind Hwy. (Alexandria, Va)
703-660-6288
Online: shanesribshack.com

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—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Amanda Rodriguez