Family-Friendly and Good, TooTASTE Restaurant at SAM Museum Entrance

Now that the hordes of stroller-blocking summer tourists have died down, we can reclaim our city and civic attractions such as Pike Place Market or the Seattle Art Museum. There are several places we like to take the family for a bite when we’re visiting that area of First Avenue, including Pike Brewing Co., which just celebrated its 20th Anniversary; Steelhead Diner; and TASTE Restaurant at SAM. These are family-friendly places that are accessible for the stroller set and don’t forget about food quality.

All three restaurants do their part to support local producers and offer children’s menus. TASTE, which participated in our Family Dining Series, has lovely Svan highchairs for babies and toddlers. We also appreciate that the ambient noise level at all three restaurants is enough to muffle the occasional screech or an independence-exerting toddler’s demand.

Best bets: At Pike Brewing, go for the kid’s organic hot dog or “little big burger,” or get the adult portion of halibut and chips to share. There’s a brewery tour that’s more interesting than you’d imagine and a beer museum featuring vintage beer paraphernalia (last-minute holiday gift for dad?). Steelhead makes a delicious kid’s macaroni and house-made chicken strips. But if your child can handle a little spice, the fried half chicken and the gumbo on the regular menu are killer. There’s also a great mocktail list. Deals abound at TASTE. In addition to the children’s menu, go for the chicken and waffles on the Sunday brunch menu or the spaghetti on the Sunday night $12 Urban Supper menu. A perennial favorite on the lunch menu is the griddled cheese and tomato soup, which is enough for a couple of kids to share. Now get out and get eating!

—Hsiao-Ching Chou