There was a previous post asking about kid friendly restaurants. i wrote a quick answer that got rejected because it just referred you to my site. here are the places that received rave reviews from us this month (i just pasted the kid-friendliness part instead of the whole thing for space):
"Sushi Awaji has excellent food and remains unpretentious. The menu selections can allow for a healthy meal if desired. Most kids don’t eat sushi and their children’s choices are not too “weird.” It’s nice that they thought of providing plastic plates.
The staff is always kind to our kids and other children, I’m sure. In fact, a child at another table spilled his glass and their family was quite upset about it. The waitress went over and told them not to worry, cleaned up, and then made an origami frog for their son. Now that I mention it, they’ve made origami for us in the past. I wonder if we were misbehaving…"
May Dragon (Chinese)
"When you walk into this establishment, I would say it’s a lot nicer than most of the restaurants that proclaim their kid-friendliness; yet, I do not feel uncomfortable at all with the kids, even when they act up and make a mess. There are dividers everywhere, which also makes me feel better that others can be shelftered from the Phipps fiasco. I’m just going to put this out there for the moms who want to know about diaper changing. In the bathroom, there is technically not a changing station, but the counter is long enough that you could change a baby or toddler in the bathroom if you needed to.
When we asked Mina what she thought, she said, “I give it 15 stars!!” So that, my friends, is why May Dragon, gets FOUR STARS from the Phipps, too!"
"We didn’t actually order off the kids menu, but if your kid is not a fan of the vegetables, this place is perfect. Again, not very many healthful choices here. There is a little more variety than your standard fare burgers and chicken strips. The waitstaff did a nice job trying to entertain the kids with toys and balloons and it was certainly appreciated by us. Overall, a very kid-friendly restaurant with great tasting Cajun food and excellent service."
We have not officially reviewed this place yet, but I think it might be the pinnacle of the kid friendly restaurant that did not forget how to make good tasting, healthy food:
Dream Cafe: one in Addison, one in the Quadrangle, although the construction around the one at the Quadrangle makes it less "dreamy."
We are looking for restaurants with taste being a priority and where you would consider taking kids to (for example, we won't be going to Stephan Pyles or the French Room no matter how much I LOVE the place, but we have taken our kids to Tei Tei, Cafe Izmir, etc). When I became a mom my cravings for culinary delight did not die! We try to avoid corporate chain restaurants, but we occasionally go (see Razoos) because our daughter likes it. She's been asking about Chili's for weeks.
I'm taking note of other threads with "best ***", but any restaurants that have great tasting food and kids would be happily accomodated or welcome would be appreciated. We need to visit over 330 more restaurants!