It’s 6 o’clock. The kids are melting down and the pantry is bare. All you want is for someone else to cook dinner for a change (and clean up while they’re at it)! Dining out can be a lifesaver but an expensive one with the whole family in tow. However, if you’re savvy, you can let the restaurant pick up the tab for the kiddos. Several family-friendly intown restaurants will feed your kids for free—you just have to know which night to go. We’ve scoured the city for the best “kids eat free” deals and have your week of meals planned for peanuts.

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Monday: The Drafting Table
This downtown pub near Georgia State is more than a college kid hangout. It’s actually a very good restaurant with a great beer selection and fresh, seasonally inspired sandwiches, salads and entrees. And, they even have a kids menu featuring grilled chicken tenders, mac and cheese and other kid favorites. Every Monday-Wednesday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. kids eat free off the kid’s menu with an adult meal purchase.

349 Decatur Street,  Atlanta, Ga  30312
Phone:  404-343-2821

Drafting Table

Tuesday: Saba
With locations in Emory Village and Oakhurst Village, Decatur folks know that Saba is the place to go for tasty and affordable pasta, soups, salads and Italian-style sandwiches on fresh-baked ciabatta bread. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under eat free from the kid’s menu with an adult meal purchase. The kid’s menu features spaghetti, pizza and a mean mac and cheese that grownups have been known to order for themselves.

1451 Oxford Road NE, Atlanta, Ga 30307
Phone: 404-377-7786

350 Mead Road, Decatur, Ga 30030
Phone: 404-377-9266

Saba yelp

Wednesday: Bone Lick BBQ
With skee ball, video games and a juke box, your kids are going to love this place. The barbecue is pretty awesome too! On Wednesdays from 5 pm until close, kids 10 and under get a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. The kid’s menu features pulled pork sliders, grilled cheese sandwiches, tater tots and more.

1133 Huff Road, Atlanta, Ga 30318
Phone: 404-343-6574

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Thursday: Flying Biscuit Café
Everybody’s favorite breakfast place also serves dinner. And on Monday-Thursday nights from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., you can get one free kids meal (from the kid’s menu) with each adult meal purchase. Now that the Flying Biscuit has launched into a regional chain, offers may vary at other locations (so call ahead). However, at the original Candler Park location and in Midtown, you’re sure to get in on the deal.

1655 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta, Ga  30307
Phone: 404-687-8888

1001 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30309
Phone: 404-874-8887

Flying Biscuit

Friday: Aja
The fancy decor of this “modern asian kitchen” and scrumptious sushi might be enough to fool you into thinking it is date night. Throw in some chopsticks and pot stickers and you might even get a moment to catch up with you spouse. Kids eat free here any day of the week (with the purchase of an adult meal) from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta, Ga 30326
Phone: 404-231-0001

aja

Saturday: Doc Chey’s Noodle House
For tasty, cheap and abundant noodles and stirfries, look no further than Doc Chey’s. If you regularly frequent the restaurant, it’s totally worth picking up a Karma Card and racking up some points for free appetizers and promotions. It will also get you free kid’s meals on the weekend! On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Karma Card holders can receive one free kid’s entrée for each adult entrée purchased. The kid’s menu features Asian-inspired kid favorites like fried rice and lo mein – and includes a fountain drink.

1424 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, Ga 30306
Phone: 404-888-0777

1556 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, Ga 30307
Phone: 404-378-8188

563 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, Ga 30312
Phone: 404-688-4238

Doc Chey's

Sunday: Five Seasons Brewing
On the forefront of Atlanta’s brewpub and farm-to-table scene, Five Season’s original location at The Prado offers free kids meals with an adult meal purchase on Sundays. The kid’s menu features an organic hamburger, pizza, corndogs and other kid favorites. Best of all, this offer is good at lunch and dinner!

5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, Ga 30342
Phone: 404-255-5911

5seasonsprado

Wait, There’s More …

In addition to these independent or local chain restaurants, several national chains (and these are just a few) have “kids eat free” deals that vary based on location. Check out your nearest location to see what they offer.

Moe’s Burritos

International House of Pancakes

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza

Shane’s Rib Shack

Steak n’ Shake

Where does your gang go for cheap eats? Give us the dish below!

—Rachel Quartarone

Photos courtesy of The Drafting Table via Facebook, Bone Lick via FacebookFlying Biscuit via Facebook, Doc Chey’s via Facebook, Aja via FacebookYelp