Archive for October, 2014

Oct 31 2014

Happy Halloween! Tricks and Treats for the Whole Family

Boston's Best Trick or Treating NeighborhoodsWhether you’ve had the kiddos’ costumes ready for months, or you’re pulling something together last minute, everyone wants to enjoy the best of Boston’s Halloween festivities, trick or treating, and all around fun the night has to offer. Even though Boston slipped from the #2 spot to #7 in Zillow’s 2014 rankings of the country’s best 20 cities for trick or treating, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the North End, the South End and Fenway still rank as Boston’s best neighborhoods for trick or treating.

Want to make a night of it and enjoy a family-friendly dinner with “fun sized” treats for dessert? Here are a few family-friendly dining tricks and some of our favorite dinnertime treats in the top 5 trick or treating neighborhoods:

#1 Beacon Hill — Tons of families flock to this quaint, gas lamp lit, historical neighborhood for its trick or treating riches. If you’re looking for a quick bite to please all ages, stop into the Cambridge Street location of Anna’s Taqueria for burritos, tacos and more. Once you’re belly is full, head up the side streets and you’ll find tightly packed brick row houses, most handing out some of the better candy options in the city. Feeling fancy? Stop in for a more leisurely dinner at Lydia Shire’s Scampo. Once you have your fill of gorgeous Italian fare, pop across the street to Charles Street and the surrounding neighborhood to score some sweets.

#2 Back Bay — Start the night by powering up with kid-friendly Middle Eastern favorites at Cafe Jaffa and you’ll also be poised at the edge of prime trick or treating territory up and down Comm Ave, Marlborough Street and more.

#3 North End — While the North End is known for tasty, traditional Italian restaurants, their size and popularity doesn’t often leave much room for kid-friendly extras. One spot that makes up for its lack of kid-friendly amenities with great service is tiny Trattoria di Monica, in the heart of the North End. Not feeling the pasta and red sauce vibe? Start across the Greenway at Hillstone in Faneuil Hall, where you’ll not only find delicious, more traditional American fare and beyond, but you can take advantage of their 3 hours of FREE parking (validation required) at the 60 State Street garage–more than enough time to grab dinner AND a whole lot of candy.

#4 South End — Speaking of free parking, you can find two of the most kid-friendly restaurants in the South End offering free parking. Stop by Gaslight Brasserie or Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, and you’ll not only find great dining, changing tables and more kid-friendly amenities, but you’ll be able to park for free right next door, with plenty of trick or treating around the corner among the neighborhood’s beautiful and historic Victorian brownstones.

#5 Fenway — While sweets will definitely be on the menu once you take in the holiday’s candy hauls, explore some savory dishes when you stop in to Sweet Cheeks Q before or after the door to door rush. With Texas-style BBQ deliciousness to make the whole family happy, you’ll be positioned directly across from the Fenway’s most popular trick or treating area.

What are some of your favorite trick or treating spots in Boston?

Happy Halloween!

Oct 3 2014

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Boston: Surprises That Make Us Happy

Here at KidNosh we always find ourselves scanning eating establishments for fun, kid-friendly amenities—even when we’re out on a date night or brunch with some friends sans kids. While we love establishments for providing crayons and coloring sheets, kid’s cups (with lids!), changing tables and other standard kid-friendly dining items, when we find something, experience something, or actually just stumble upon something that goes the extra kid-friendly restaurant mile, it can’t help but make us smile.  Here’s a quick roundup of some of our favorites from restaurants that just “get it” when it comes to being a great place in Boston to eat out with kids.

  • Zaftig’s book bin: tucked under the host stand at this Brookline brunch and deli all-star is a bin of kid’s books. Let your kids pick out a few they like and they are yours for the meal. Just make sure to leave them behind for the rest of us!
  • Full Moon’s play space: If you don’t know about Full Moon, it is a poster child for all things kid-friendly dining. They get everything right for family-friendly dining, and go above and beyond with a great play space to boot.
  • Deluxe Town Diner’s sidewalk chalk: When a breakfast and brunch hot spot doesn’t take reservations, waiting for your table with kids can be…interesting. If you find yourself waiting at this diner, just grab some sidewalk chalk and head outside and create some roadside artistic masterpieces until your table is ready.
  • OTTO’s free pizza slices for kids: Yup—you read that right. Kids get slices…for free. Everyone wins!
  • Fairsted Kitchen’s creative staff: What Fairsted is lacking in your standard kid-friendly amenities, it makes up for with an amazingly friendly, attentive and creative staff. We’ve experienced bartenders loaning toddlers their stash of windup toys, host staff digging out extra paper and crayons from a hidden spot, and everyone just being genuinely lovely. High fives for being lovely!
  • Café Ula’s windowsill of fun: Tucked into a windowsill above the take out waiting area and the stack of high chairs, you’ll find a treasure trove of travel games, books, and other fun bits and bobs to help keep the kiddos entertained. Jackpot!

What are some of your favorite kid-friendly dining finds?

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