Yes – KidNosh is all about finding the best kid-friendly restaurants for parents looking to dine out with their kids. Discovering a new place that offers attentive service, a bucket of toys and a fantastic kids’ menu adults envy can be restaurant nirvana. But equally as important is raising a child to be “restaurant-friendly”. And yes, there are some adults that could use a lesson on how to be more restaurant-friendly too.
What does it mean to be restaurant-friendly? For starters, it means waiting patiently for food to arrive. This can be tricky, especially if you have a hungry kid on your hands on the verge of a meltdown. One of our main suggestions when dining out with kids is come prepared with anything to distract your kids quietly. Crayons and paper, books, travel games, mobile devices – anything that works for you. We recently came across these placemat/activity pads at BJs we thought would be great for kids at restaurants and at home. The Hungry Caterpillar and Doodles at Dinner will definitely spark your kids’ artistic side. The Puzzle Mats are great for older kids who love mazes, word puzzles and connect the dots. The tear-off sheets can easily fit in a diaper bag/purse. Just remember to bring some crayons or makers.
This is just one of many tips we share with parents nervous about taking little ones out to eat for the first (or 100th) time. In future “restaurant-friendly” posts, we plan on covering more tips from what we’ve learned from talking to restauranteurs and from our own experience working at restaurants.
Here at KidNosh, we’re food-loving families, not needing much of an excuse to dine out–with or without kids. But on Father’s Day, dining out is definitely a family affair. In honor of all of the dads, granddads, step dads and dads-to-be, we offer up this roundup, featuring some of our favorite kid-friendly Father’s Day dining options in Boston and beyond. Happy Dining!
- Flatbread Company at Sacco’s Bowl Haven, Davis Square — What dad doesn’t love pizza, bowling and beer? Flatbread Company’s Sommerville outpost offers all three, turning kid-friendly Father’s Day dining into an experience the entire family will love.
- Sweet Cheek’s Q, Fenway/Kenmore Square — We love this barbecue spot so much, we’re willing to plan around the Red Sox game day crowds to get our hands on meat, meat and more meat. With food that’s tasty, fast and fun, there’s something to please every member of the family at this Fenway hotspot. With the Red Sox game starting at 1:35pm this Father’s Day, be sure to plan ahead and make a reservation, take public transportation, and either go early (they open at 11am on Sundays) or during the game to avoid the crowds. Forgot to make a reservation? Sweet Cheek’s reserves ½ their dining room for walk-ins.
- The Publick House, Washington Square — Did we mention that dads like beer? Make a beer (and food) pilgrimage to this kid-friendly Brookline spot, where dad can pick from pages and pages of amazing beers, and the whole family can create their own mac and cheese masterpieces with custom mix ins. The Publick House doesn’t take reservations, but if you find yourself with a wait on your hands, the Driscoll School’s massive playground and outdoor space is just around the corner to help you kill some time.
- Scarlet Oak Tavern, Hingham — With an amazing patio out back, the entire family can breathe some fresh air while enjoying tasty and fresh comfort food favorites and a great selection of wine, beer and drinks for the grown ups. This is a popular South Shore spot, so make a reservation in advance to avoid a wait.
- Tavern Road, Fort Point Channel — Adjacent to the Children’s Museum, Boston Fire Museum, the Tea Party Ships & Museum and more, this hip and tasty Fort Point gem is a great kid-friendly Father’s Day dining option if you’re looking to wrap up a day of family-friendly activities with fabulous food and friendly, attentive service.
What’s your favorite Father’s Day dining option?
Thanks for visiting the official KidNosh blog. We like to think of the blog like the dessert menu. After a great meal, there’s something satisfying about savoring something sweet while lingering just a little longer than you might have planned. So what will you find on the blog? You can expect to see more expert tips and tricks about dining out with kids. Q&As with people in the restaurant industry. Exciting news, events and announcements about KidNosh. And other morsels that hopefully will make your next restaurant outing with the little ones more enjoyable.
So come back often… and stay as long as you want. We’ll gladly make more coffee.