Whether you have a picky eater or budding foodie, bring your kids along to these restaurants for good grub, guaranteed. The reasonably priced menu options and traditionally kid-loved foods are sure to keep both parties smiling ear to ear. Read on before making your weekend reservations!
photo: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
When mac and cheese and chicken tenders don’t cut it for you little gourmand, take them to Joe’s. In addition to old standbys, the kid’s menu includes a crab cake or filet option along with a choice of several sides. With five star options from the land and sea for grown-ups, there’s sure to be something for everyone. As a bonus, the restaurant gets a bit noisy, so no need to stress over chatty littles.
60 E. Grand Ave.
Near North Side
Forno Rosso Pizzeria
It’s hard not to be happy when you’re having pizza for dinner, but treat the gang to something special by heading to Forno Rosso. You’ll have your choice of a variety of Pizza Napoletana – that’s thin crust pizza baked in a wood burning pizza oven with San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. And even if a delicious pie isn’t enough to please your kids, you’ll get smiles all around when a Micky Mouse or Nemo shaped pizza is delivered.
3719 N. Harlem Ave.
1048 W. Randolph St.
photo: Crosby’s Kitchen
Check out this family friendly locale for some American comfort food. You’ll easily find a place for your stroller and a seat with your crew. If the food and welcoming atmosphere isn’t enough to draw you in, the free kids meals offered daily from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. will make it worth the trip! Use your savings to treat yourself to the skillet cookie.
3455 N. Southport Ave
Treat your littles to the lap of luxury at the The Lobby in the Peninsula Hotel. Everyone will be on their best behavior as they look out the 20 foot windows and take in the elegant atmosphere. You’ll be satisfied no matter the time of day you choose to dine, but for a real splurge, don’t miss the Sunday brunch. From a carving station and fresh sushi to a dessert bar filled with dozens of beautifully prepared pastries, you’ll be wishing for a second stomach. Once you spot the table of children’s favorites, you’ll be thankful you saved room for a slider. Kids can help themselves to anything, but it’ll be hard to keep them away from the child-sized display where they can help themselves.
108 E. Superior St.
Near North Side
photo: RJ Grunts
Everyone feels like they’ve gone back in time once they step into this 70s themed locale. The huge menu is filled with your bar food favorites. Kids have their choice of smaller portions that are served on old fashioned cafeteria trays. If you can’t decide, the salad bar has something for everyone. The seating is tight, but they’re used to accommodating families and have provided stroller parking (with a lock) out front. You’ll be eating like the animals at the nearby Lincoln Park Zoo in no time!
2056 Lincoln Park West
Shinto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
When food isn’t entertaining enough, take the kids out for dinner and a show at a hibachi grill. Shinto offers child size portions of popular Japanese entrees or fried chicken for those who are less adventurous. Who knows . . . when the chef attempts to fling broccoli into your kiddo’s mouth, even the pickiest of eaters might open up!
504 N. Route 59, Suite 116
Tapas style dining is perfect for introducing littles to new foods. Let the kids choose a few dishes to share from the massive menu at Tapas Valencia. There is also a traditional kid’s menu available for those who prefer to dine with less of a Spanish flair. This spacious spot gives you plenty of room to spread out. If you have a little one who struggles to sit still, visit when live music is scheduled and he or she can bust a move between courses!
1530 S. State St.
photo: Uncle Julio’s
With locations throughout Chicago and the ‘burbs, this Mexican jaunt will satisfy your kiddo’s craving for something deliciouso wherever you are. The kid’s menu offers the choice of several Mexican classics, like quesadillas and fajitas. Start the meal off with some guacamole made tableside, but be sure to save room for the grand finale – a chocolate pinata. A whack at the chocolate ball will result in churros and fruit spilling onto the plate and into the mouths of happy guests.
855 W. North Ave.
New North Side
Additional locations in Lombard, Naperville, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Skokie and Vernon Hills
This family favorite for Southern Style home cookin’ pleases kids and families with the variety on the menu. Kids can choose from breakfast and lunch options no matter when you dine. The menu is filled with kids’ favorites done so right . . . you’ll want to steal a bite yourself. Check the website for family nights, when they’ll play vintage cartoons on the big screen and kids eat free!
1001 W. Washington Blvd.
photo: Sugar Factory
Even the sweetest tooth will be satisfied with a trip to the Sugar Factory. With nearly a 40 page menu, there’s no need for a separate kid’s menu, but several food options can be prepared in smaller portions if you ask. Let’s be real…no one comes to Sugar Factory for the food…instead, it’s all about the drinks served in goblets — with and without alcohol — the candy, milkshakes, ice cream and chocolate fondue. You can’t go wrong with an insane milkshake…which includes a chocolate covered glass and anything from a burger to a Twinkie on top.
55 E. Grand Ave.
5445 Park Pl.
What’s your favorite spot to grab grub with the family? We’d love to hear about it in the Comments below!
— Lisa Snart