It’s not every day that a restaurant opens that is both kid-friendly and features totally craveable eats. Luckily for your taste buds, the new Piencone in Eagle Rock is exactly that place and manages to please everyone with just three options.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Pizza, Ice Cream, and…Beer!

Eating out with kids isn’t always easy. Either you pick a place that mom and dad love and its impossible to get picky-eaters to try anything new, or you cater to the kid’s menu and leave your palate at home. Neither is the case with Piencone (pie n cone = get it?), which sticks with a simple menu that caters to everyone.

Aside from a short list of scrumptious appetizers, the menu features three staple selections: pizza, ice cream, and beer. Two of the three are easily the most kid-pleasing foods ever invented, but the beauty of this pizzeria turned creamery turned pub is that the food is made for foodies. Ingredients like kabocha and fermented Aleppo honey turn a basic wood-fired pizza into an artisanal dining experience. Of course, you can still keep things kid-friendly with the usual, but equally delicious, plain cheese variety.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

No matter which pizza you order, you absolutely must leave room for dessert. The handcrafted, organic ice cream selection is made fresh in-house, as are the waffle cones. Pint-sized and grown-ups alike will love the unique, but not-too-outside the box flavors like vegan Mexican hot chocolate or the maple with house-made brown sugar Pop-Tart. The seasonal selection includes six ice creams and two sorbets.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

The brew list is a curated menu full of local craft beers on tap, like Smog City and Eagle Rock Brewery, plus an interesting selection of beer in cans like Made West and Fremont. They also have a full bar with wine and crafted cocktails, like La Maestra, a gin-based drink featuring the same Aleppo honey.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Food With a Side of Play

The food isn’t the only thing that’s family-friendly—the dining space is full of fun too. Although the two main dining halls are perfectly inviting with their warm wood tables and succulent-covered walls, request a seat on the enclosed Playhouse Patio.

Your young eaters will be delighted to learn that they don’t have to sit still while they wait for the food to arrive. Instead, they can get their wiggles out in the wooden playhouse. Besides pretending to serve up their own kitchen dishes, they can play with a giant Jenga game or choose from a stack of board games and picture books that they’re welcome to bring back to the table and enjoy.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

The Delicious Details

The restaurant is currently open seven days a week, Mon. through Fri. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. They are planning to add weekday lunch hours soon, which means you’ll be able to pop in for lunch after a playdate at Peekaboo Playland, which is just down the street. You can also order a pie or ice cream cone to go. There is no parking available, but you should be able to score a metered spot on the street.

1958 Colorado Blvd.
Eagle Rock

Where does your family love to eat out together? Share your favorite family-friendly eats in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin


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