While going out to eat is often a treat for the primary chefs of the house, the waiting can be excruciating for little ones with hungry tummies. So, why not stop in for a meal at a place that has more than just french fries to entertain your crew. We scouted the Eastside and compiled a list of restaurants that offer delish food along with a side of entertainment—like toys, games and books—so you can go forth and enjoy your meal.
Pizza Coop & Ale House
Boasting “Detroit style pizzas with a unique Woodinville twist,” the Pizza Coop is a family-operated business (even named after lil’ son Coop-er) that serves pies made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, happy hour specials and other offerings (think salads, sandwiches and hummus platters). And, beyond providing a yummy kids’ menu and crayons for coloring, this Eastside hot spot has shuffle board, mini foosball, video golf and a kids toy basket with an array of toys, plus a big space in the back that is perfect for private parties and events.
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13317 N.E. 175th St.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
Looking for a great spot to nosh on breakfast or lunch with your crew? Alexa’s Café in Bothell offers a fun, bustling environment decorated with local art. Serving traditional breakfast and brunch fair alongside pizza, salads and sandwiches (perfect for bigger appetites), little ones can enjoy breakfast any time of the day, a giant “kids” burger or a variety of half-size sandwiches. But the best part for little diners is going to be the books and toys, low and ready for little hands, in the entryway. Psst! Alexa’s has over 20 years of experience catering weddings, meetings and private parties, so it’s a great resource for your next big bash.
10115 Main St.
Bothell, Wa 98011
Chainline Brewing Company
Situated along the lovely Cross Kirkland Corridor, Chainline Brewing Company sounds rather adult-y, but it actually offers quite a few activities for the mini root beer drinking fans in your crew. The brewery offers board games, card games and a small picnic table for the Littles to sit on outside. Double bonus: Dogs are more than welcome at Chainline, so take a stroll with the entire fam and pop in for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Good to Know: There is limited food available on-site (typically just bags of chips), but there’s generally a food truck parked on-site and pizza is always available for delivery
503 6th St. S.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
It’s not as though you need additional entertainment when donuts are involved, but Daddy’s Donuts (a tiny little shop on Lake City Way) brings it on all fronts – with mini donuts that are made fresh-to-order (think warm and oh-so-delish), to Robot décor, robot toys and even a TV playing kids’ shows, Daddy’s is the place to be! Voted “Best Donuts in the State” in 2016 by Buzzfeed, there’s no doubt that Daddy’s Donuts is not only delicious, but a happening little spot you and the fam have to check out.
7018 N.E. Bothell Way
Kenmore Wa 98028
If you need fast, fresh and causal Mexican food, Ooba Tooba in Redmond is your one stop spot. Complete with bright colors, fun music and casual seating, Ooba Tooba offers a variety of hand-held, take-to-your table games and puzzles for little niños, along with an awesome kid’s menu. Psst… Ben Franklin craft store is nearby which makes for a fun post lunch or dinner outing.
555 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Other Restaurants to Consider
Pizza aficionados, take note! There are additional Eastside pizza joints that will entertain your crew, all for the price of a pie. Consider: Zeek’s Pizza in Kirkland, where each kid gets their own ball of dough to play with and can watch the pizza-throwing action through a huge glass window to the kitchen; Pagliacci’s in Bridle Trails which boasts a small section for kids stocked with games and activities; and Round Table Pizza in Redmond which has board games and arcade games to keep the squirmiest of kiddos occupied.
And let’s not forget some other Eastside hot spots. McMenamins, which might not have traditional “kids toys,” offers spacious grounds to walk around, a pool to scope out, a fire pit for warming cold toes and a tiki bar atmosphere to keep tykes entertained before or after their meal. Tutta Bella, which serves up delicious food for even the pickiest of palates, keeps little wiggle worms busy with their endless supply of Wikki Stix. Hector’s in Kirkland lets the minis choose a take-home toy from the kid bin at the hostess stand (what’s not to love about that?) and Cuzin’s Café in Kirkland puts their kids menu on the back of a Little Golden Book (genius!). During the warmer months, check out Main Street Ale House (formerly Bothell Ale House) which has an outdoor sandbox with toys.
What are some of your favorite Eastside places for simultaneous eating and playing? Tell us in the Comments below!
— Jennifer B. Davis (all photos courtesy of the writer)