Breakfast. School. Lunch. School. Homework. Who has the energy to make dinner? Take a night off and check out these restaurants in DC, VA and MD that offer budget-friendly portions large enough to feed your entire family. Keep scrolling for the best places to pick up curbside family meals for hungry kiddos and tired parents.

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Oohh’s & Aahh’s
This legendary soul food restaurant is offering hearty comfort food that can fill a whole family’s belly for $49.95.  Catfish, shrimp, chicken wings and more are all on the menu (and the portions are generous). Don’t forget family-favorite sides, like mashed potatoes with gravy and mac & cheese. Add 2 cocktails or 4 beers for an extra $10! This meal is sure to melt away the back-to-school blues.

5933 Georgia Ave
Washington, DC 20011

1005 U Street NW
Washington, DC

The folks behind Nina May have created easy-to-assemble meal kits that feature gluten, vegetarian, meat and fish options for dinner; each portion serves two. Too busy to make breakfast or lunch? They have ready-to-serve kits for earlier hours, too. The best part? They deliver within a 25 mile radius of their headquarters in Shaw.


Federalist Pig
For an easy family meal, order meats by the 1/2 pound at this BBQ joint. Hungry families should consider the Feed the Fam platter which includes a a half pound of brisket, a half pound of chopped pork, one pound of pork ribs and tips, a half chicken PLUS four large sides. If this restaurant isn’t already on your radar as a fam fav, it will be now: it consistently earns praise as one of the best cheap eats by the Washingtonian.

1654 Columbia Rd NW
Adams Morgan

Chaia Tacos
The vegetarian taqueria has an enchilada supper club for your whole crew. Pans of mushroom or black bean enchiladas serving two ($16) or six ($48) are waiting in both the Georgetown and Chinatown locations. Need an adult beverage after a long day in quarantine? Mason jar margaritas, yes, please.

3207 Grace St.NW

615 Eye St. NW

Masala Art Tenleytown
Are you running low on necessities? Order the community package, and you’re covered. Take home a family meal for four that includes entrees, sides and bread with sides of toilet paper and fresh eggs. At $110, that’s quite a deal, and you get to skip the checkout line.

4441 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 362-4441

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Il Cappero
Nothing says Friday night family meal like pasta all around. Treat your family to one of their traditional Italian favorites, available in servings for four or six ($50-$90). The generous portions are plenty to feed a crowd and include salad and fresh-baked bread. Locals give this spot rave reviews.

19307 Promenade Dr.
Leesburg, VA

Green Pig Bistro
Pick a different family meal every day of the week ($69-$85). Make Monday a little easier with the kid-friendly fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Finish out the week with some mouth-watering crab cakes and hand-cut fries. There is something delicious for everyone.

1025 N Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA


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Gary’s Grill
This neighborhood favorite is bringing family dinner back ($40-$75), and we’re here for it. The pickiest member of the family will be satisfied with this family-style menu, salad and sides included. Oh, and they didn’t forget about breakfast, either. Early morning pick ups include four of their famous pumpkin muffins to jump start your day. Don’t forget to call 24 hours in advance for this one.

553 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Severna Park, MD

Primo Pasta Kitchen
Check out this Family Feast deal that feeds 4-6 people for just $55.00. There are lots of delicious Italian dishes to choose from, and all of the options are kid-friendly. With a gluten-free pasta option, there is something for everyone, and at that price, there might be room in the budget for a dessert or two.

8557 Fort Smallwood Rd.
Pasadena, MD


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