We all know about Full Moon, and I've also enjoyed Aura's occasional family-friendly nights. These places accommodate kids who have too much energy to sit still through a long meal, and they have good food that's also kid-friendly even for picky eaters. But they're also expensive and unusual in that they're explicitly kid-oriented. Where else do you eat with your kids who are still young enough for high chairs or crayons, and how old are your kids?
We're in Watertown and have an almost-4-year old and a baby on the way. We frequent the Deluxe Town Diner (especially for dinner on weekdays, when the prices are reasonable and it's not crowded), Shiraz (they have an aquarium to keep him occupied while we're waiting for food), the Spot Cafe for breakfast (only if we get out of the house early, otherwise it's way too crowded and we feel rushed), and sometimes Vicki Lee's in Belmont for a weekday breakfast treat. We've taken him to Shangri-La before, but he's pretty picky so that wasn't as successful. We also like Stone Hearth Pizza in Belmont, often followed by a trip to Rancatore's across the street. Sometimes we take the bus to Harvard Square, where we've had success taking our toddler to Cambridge 1, Le's, and Wagamama. Hanmaru in Allston also worked out well for us -- they have a surprisingly kid-friendly children's menu.
When he was a baby we had a much harder time finding suitable places -- I remember Legal Seafood as being very baby-friendly, partly because the space is so big and they have lots of high chairs, but other than that, wherever we went we just hoped he wouldn't start fussing and were always ready to have one of us grab the baby and head outside while the other packed up and paid.
I'm curious to hear about where others take their young kids, especially people who live in different areas -- I bet you have some great neighborhood places that I wouldn't think of.
149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478
344 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Deluxe Town Diner
627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
105 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA
Stone Hearth Pizza
57 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478
57 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138
168 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134