Tater tots and grilled cheese may be the staple of the typical children’s menu but in the Bay Area, kids desire dishes a little more complex than the chicken strip. Luckily, plenty of local restaurants have responded, upgrading their kids’ menus to include Michelin star-worthy dishes for the mini set. Click through to see where little foodies go to grub.

For Karma Chameleons: Gracias Madre

From the good folks who brought you the eternally feel-good Café Gratitude (RIP!), this funky newer outpost in the heart of the Mission serves up organic, vegan tacos and Mexican fare. Everything is 100% plant-based, non-GMO, and beyond delicious. The chic cantina-style interior makes this a visual dining experience while you nosh on sour cream and cheeses made from cashews and dishes featuring mushrooms, chiles and nopales (cactus). There are also tasty, über-healthy smoothies instead of soda pop. Your entire gang will feel like the cool kids as you rub elbows with all the hispters who have already discovered this alluring place. Bonus: their guac even caught the attention of the Zagat national food reviewers so dip into it yourselves and see what all the buzz is about. Pair it with Madre’s warm, organic tortillas made from their special heirloom corn, and feel good about what they call their “Devotion to the Earth.” Plus, you know we gotta love a joint that literally means “Thanks Mom.”

2211 Mission St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: Graciasmadre

Photo courtesy of Gracias Madre

–Erin Feher & Mireille Schwartz


Where does your family sip & nibble around the Bay when you’re feeling adventurous? Sound off below!