Dining Out With Children
Dining out with youngsters can sometimes be tricky. Children sometimes get cranky when they’re in formal settings that aren’t exactly conducive to relaxation. They also sometimes get cranky when there’s nothing appealing on the menu for them. Thankfully, there are numerous kid-friendly dining establishments out there that can make dining out with the younger crowd feel like a pleasant walk in the park.
IHOP is an affordable and cozy diner that’s perfect for meals for the entire family. IHOP’s kiddie menu is full of yummy favorites that are sure to put big smiles on the little ones’ faces. These include the restaurant’s signature “Create a Face” pancake, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and junior ham and egg melts.
- Red Robin
Red Robin, established in 1969, makes a great eatery choice for parents looking for fun and tasty eats for the whole crew. Kids adore Red Robin’s unlimited french fries. There are few foods fussy kids appreciate more than fries, after all. They also enjoy its large children’s menu. Standout items on Red Robin’s kiddie menu include mini pizzas, chicken fingers, mini grilled sandwiches, corn dogs and pasta.
- Rainforest Cafe
Rainforest Cafe may just be the ultimate children’s dining experience. Stepping into the eatery feels a lot like walking into a tropical rainforest full of fanciful creatures and lush greenery. Rainforest Cafe’s kiddie menu consists of a wide array of foods children simply can’t resist. These include popcorn shrimp, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. If you want to order a grilled cheese sandwich for your child, be sure to ask for the “Gorilla Grilled Cheese Delight!” Delectable dessert options for kids at Rainforest Cafe include both the ice cream sandwich and the “Lava Mud.” The Lava Mud is a rich chocolate pudding that’s chock-full of gummy worms and tiny pieces of cookies.
- Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel is a laid-back and comforting restaurant that has a soothing and rustic feel. If you’d like to take it easy and savor a low-key and tasty menu with the children who mean the most to you, Cracker Barrel is one of your best bets. The children’s breakfast menu includes eggs and biscuits, fruit and yogurt parfaits, cereal and milk and traditional buttermilk pancakes. Lunch and dinner options for youngsters at Cracker Barrel include chicken and dumplings (home style), grilled American cheese sandwiches, hamburgers, fried shrimp, chicken tenderloin and macaroni and cheese. Kids can enjoy sweet treats at Cracker Barrel, too, with delicious dessert choices such as classic ice cream and nut sundaes. Parents definitely don’t have to worry about their children leaving Cracker Barrel feeling hungry or unsatisfied.
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
If you’re looking for an affordable and quick dining experience with children, few restaurants out there are a better fit than Chipotle Mexican Grill. This restaurant makes a fine choice for adults who are crazy about large burritos, soft flour tacos, soft corn tacos, salads and crispy corn tacos. It also makes a fine choice for kids who are in the mood for a bit of South of the Border flavoring. Notable (and mighty tasty) items on the restaurant’s children’s menu include meat and cheese quesadillas, cheese quesadillas and single tacos. Kids can choose between tacos with crunchy or soft shells.