Dining out with children can swing from having a nice day out with the family to a massive nightmare, depending on how comfortable the kids are and how family-friendly the restaurant is. If you’re one of those parents who like to eat out with the whole gang but not too keen on disturbing other diners in case your baby decided to throw a temper tantrum in the middle of a meal, having a list of family friendly restaurants to frequent is always a good idea. Just think of it as a good way to make sure that everyone’s happy and you get to skip having to cook dinner for your brood.
To help you make your own list of go-to restaurants for a lunch date with the babies, here are some family-friendly restaurants that can get you started.
This one is almost a no-brainer as most people already consider Applebee’s as their go-to restaurant chain whenever they’re out with their kids. The extensive menu and affordable prices make it a good choice for parents, but the lively atmosphere makes it an even more suitable choice for having kids around. If you’re worried about having no healthy options for your wee one, fret not as they offer healthy sides that your little one will enjoy.
Like Applebee’s Red Robin has also been a classic family destination for meals and mini celebrations. Their wacky mascot and children’s birthday party club has long been loved and patronized by parents, making this chain a popular wholesome place for everyone. Add to this the healthier kid’s menu, composed of a series of healthy, unlimited sides for kids, they’re gaining more and more support from families everywhere.
Not a lot of people think that the Old Spaghetti Factory is a great family restaurant what with its antiques, but it actually is. The interiors alone can provide a good break for your little one and let them explore a different looking territory. While the kids’ menu is a bit wanting with only six pasta choices, the presentation kind of makes up for it, as well as the sides. Each order comes with applesauce or hand tossed salad, a drink, and ice cream or juice bar at very friendly prices. Try it out some time and you’ll be surprised just how great this place can be for kids.
This place is another no-brainer for families who have already gone to countless day outings with their little kids. This place is just one of the best family friendly restaurants there is. With its dinosaur shaped nuggets and fun kiddie cups, most families who have ever thought of dining out will have Denny’s as their first choice. The best part is that they’re virtually everywhere, so finding a restaurant shouldn’t be a challenge.
Parents who are determined to feed their kids a healthy diet should know about Souplantation (known in other parts outside California as Sweet Tomatoes). An all-you-can-eat restaurant that mainly offers soups, salads, and fresh bakery items, it’s a great place for families with kids that just can’t sit still. You can let your kid sample a wide array of healthy food items and maybe even get to teach them to eat healthier in the process. The best part is, the buffet’s really cheap, so you don’t have to worry about how much your outing will cost.
Not a lot of kids are fond of sea foods so you might be surprised to see Legal Sea Foods in this list. What you might not know, though, is that they have a great kid’s menu. They might not exactly be as cheap as other restaurants offer, but they do come with fruit, a vegetable side, and mashed potatoes or french fries. The restaurant’s famous steps in keeping their menu items healthy is also a good way to ensure that your little one will be having some good food.
If the whole family is a bit crazy about pizza, Cici’s Pizza is a nice choice for a day out. They have really friendly prices for an all-you-can-eat buffet for both parents and kids (toddlers even get to eat free), guaranteeing that you won’t go over budget if you dine out with the wee ones. They also offer a wide selection of pizzas, so really, why not take your kids here?
This casual dining restaurant may not be your first choice when dining with kids, but in case you want to go somewhere fancier without worrying that your child won’t have anything good to eat, the Carrabba’s Italian Grill is an excellent destination. You can opt for a Family Bundle or get your kid something from the nice Kids’ Menu which offers mini versions of the restaurant’s best sellers.