A stroll from the Newseum and National Gallery brings diners to Luke's Lobster in Penn Quarter. Fresh Maine lobster is mixed with Gruyère for a decadent — but still kid-friendly — play on the familiar grilled cheese. Wash it down with a housemade blueberry lemonade or Maine Root soda. Owner and Maine native Luke Holden went to Georgetown University, and his shellfish empire now has outposts across the country.
Between park excursions, stop by Acadia Jordan Pond House for popovers. Overlooking the water, the restaurant has served tea and baked goods since the late 1800s. For a heartier meal, add on a Maine-style lobster roll or lobster stew.