Dining out with tots can be a challenge, so when you do make it to a restaurant, you want more than just overrated “kid-friendly” trappings (i.e., Crayons, chicken nuggets, sticky highchairs). Tasty food, a comfortable atmosphere, and drinks that go down easy are must-haves. After all, you can pack your own Crayons.
Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
“I love the Southern hospitality. I can have a handcrafted mint julep in an authentic silver cup and eat some of the best fried chicken in town. Plus, the waitstaff is quite dapper, and the bustle of the crowd drowns out any noise the kids make.”
She Eats: Gulf shrimp and a spinach salad
The Kids Eat: Fried chicken and mac and cheese
I have a 7-month-old daughter, so room for the stroller and a changing station are musts. Often places that have those conveniences aren’t known for their food, but Dream Cafe hits both marks. There’s plenty of space for our gear, the bathroom has a cushy built-in changing pad, and you can’t beat the killer breakfast menu.
She Eats: Santa Fe omelet and peach Bellini
This is one of the healthier menus in town while still being accessible to all. The food is local and fresh, and the owners are incredibly nice.
She Eats: Greenhouse salad
The Kids Eat: Burgers
The food is fabulous, and the staff is great with our boys, who love the variety of tapas. At the end of the meal, they play in the field out back while my husband and I sit on the patio sipping sangria.
The Kids Eat: Fried calamari, grilled lamb chops, potatoes with aioli, and an orange salad tossed with carrots and mint
The atmosphere is grown-up, and we always get a big, comfy booth (a score with three kids). The food is consistently good, and our kids will actually eat—which is a major bonus.
She Eats: Chips and salsa trio with a margarita
The Kids Eat: Tinga tacos