Dining out with your imps can be an exhausting endeavor. When you need something beyond crayons to coerce, check out these kid-friendly Atlanta eateries that all boast close proximity to playgrounds.

Woodruff Park

Landmark Diner
Grab your hungry little ones and head to Landmark Diner downtown location. Open 24 hours and serving up breakfast all day, they have a separate kids menu which boasts that, “baby bottles are warmed cheerfully.” Make sure to stop by the Woodruff Park playground just around the corner. The playground equipment’s design is in the shape of “ATL” and has climbing walls, monkey bars and slides, which your wee ones are sure to enjoy.

Eat: Landmark Diner, 60 Luckie St., www.landmarkdiner.com
Play: Woodruff Park Playground, 51 Peachtree St. NE


Located near the amazingly awesome Historic Fourth Ward playground and splashpad, Eat’s prides themselves on being an affordable Atlanta landmark. Their claim to fame dish is the Jerk Chicken, but the old-school cafeteria-style serving and wide variety of tot-tastic options like mac-and-cheese are sure to please.

Eat: Eat’s, 600 Ponce De Leon Ave., www.eatsonponce.net
Play: Historic Fourth Ward playground, 680 Dallas St.


Joe’s Crab Shack
Anywhere that offers a bit is bound to be fam-friendly and fun and Joe’s certainly fits the bill. Request a table on the patio to be right next to the playground—yes, a playground is actually on site! The kids can play while the adults have a grown up conversation. (Well, maybe.) The children’s menu is stocked with options beyond just seafood if they find fishy fishy. For dessert, have the littles build their own sundae sandwich and sit back and enjoy the smiles.

Eat: Joe’s Crab Shack, 2501 Cobb Place Blvd., Kennesaw, joescrabshack.com
Play: on-site playground


Atlanta Food Truck Park
In the mood for some meals on wheels? The Atlanta Food Truck Park has ample picnic table space and a rotating list of food trucks. Trying something new every time is part of the foodie fun! Pre- or post-meal enjoy the adjacent playground where the kiddos to burn off some fuel. Click here for our full guide to the Food Truck Park.

Eat: Atlanta Food Truck Park,1850 Howell Mill Rd., www.atlantafoodtruckpark.com
Play: on-site playground


The Downwind Restaurant and Lounge
Located at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, the tots will stay endlessly entertained by watching planes take off and land while you’re waiting to eat. Classic food choices make this an amazing find for the family. (Burgers and fries sound good?) After eating, check out the playground perfect for your aspiring aviator. Click here to read more about this spot for high-flying fun.

Eat: The Downwind Restaurant, 2000 Airport Rd., www.downwindrestaurant.com
Play: Peachtree-Dekalb Airport Park, 2000 Airport Rd.

Peachtree DeKalb Airport

Where do you like to eat and play in ATL? Share your spots with us in the comments section below!

Jessica Obenschain

Photos courtesy of Cynthia K.Andrew C.Gale L.Dave T. and Aj B. via Yelp