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. We’ve scoured the city for the best “kids eat free” deals and have your week of meals planned for peanuts.
Monday: Flying Biscuit
This Georgia staple has been serving breakfast all day for 25 years, and with 14 locations, you're never too far from a solid chicken biscuit or platter of pancakes. You can also enjoy dinnertime riffs on breakfast, such as their award-winning creamy, dreamy shrimp & grits, or go for the gold and order a fried green tomato BLT.
When to Get It: From 4-7 p.m., diners can enjoy one free kid's meal per adult meal purchased.
Tuesday: Johnny Rockets
Johnny Rockets, the nostalgic burger joint famous for its burgers and shakes, is now beefing up (or down, actually) their plant-based options. Customize your burger with sauteed mushrooms, onions, sauces, and cheeses.
When to Get It: From 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée and drink.
3500 Peachtree Rd. in Phipps Plaza, Suite G9
This neighborhood tavern with locations in Brookhaven, Atlantic Station, Alpharetta, and Dunwoody is a crowd pleaser with everything from edamame hummus to cheese fries. Kids can choose from the kid menu with options like grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, burger or chicken tenders and fries, and macaroni and cheese.
When to Get It: One child under 12 per paying adult eats free for if you are loyalty member Sun.-Thurs. from 5-7 p.m.
Going to Revival is a lot like going to your grandmother's house, but imagine her kitchen was stocked with top-shelf ingredients and some new spices. It's comfort food, only fancier, but not so fancy you don't recognize it for what it is. And what it is is good food. An order of fried chicken and mac and cheese will please any kid or adult, but you could also make a meal of their deviled eggs and fried pickles.
When to Get It: Kids ages 12 and under can enjoy a free kids meal per paying adult, and then it's $5 per additional child.
129 Church St.
Friday: Fresh to Order
Feel like eating fine food but in a rush? Head to this option where they fire up the grill upon ordering, the menu is filled with good food and food that's good for you, and your wait isn't longer than what you spend at a fast food restaurant.
When to Get It: Kids eat for 99 cents after 4 p.m.
Saturday: Doc Chey’s Noodle House
For tasty, cheap and abundant noodles and stir fries, Doc Chey’s is your spot. Sign up for a Karma Card and you can earn points towards free appetizers and promotions, as well as score you free kid’s meals on weekends. The kid’s menu features Asian-inspired kid favorites like fried rice and lo mein – and includes a fountain drink.
When to Get It: On Sat. & Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Karma Card holders can receive one free kid’s entrée for each adult entrée purchased.
Sunday: Sushi Matsuya
Whether you head here for sushi, hibachi, or just the chefs' table front entertainment, your kids will feel like they're on top of the world. Or at least, on top of the onion volcano.
When to Get It: Sundays
2899 N.Druid Hills Rd. #B
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.
Featured photo via iStock.
—Rachel Quartarone & Shelley Massey