Nine of Dallas' Best Places to Eat with Your Kids

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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There's a LOT to play with here. Get it?
Newsflash: Kids are annoying (not your precious little angels, though). And yet, parents like to eat at restaurants with them.

Sometimes this works out and sometimes it doesn't, for a number of reasons. Perhaps the kids are hungry, sleepy, they peed themselves, or are just tiny baby assholes.

Or perhaps the restaurant isn't appropriately kid-friendly and then it's the parents who are the assholes. Don't be an asshole. Take your kids to one of these nine kid-friendly establishments and stack the deck in your favor for a pleasant evening, devoid of angry stares from surrounding diners.

The Lot (above)
This casual East Dallas spot, which much to some parents' surprise is not actually a daycare center, keeps it playful with tons of sand and other ways for kids to hurt themselves or others. We named it "Best Family Friendly Restaurant" for 2013.

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The patio at Cane Rosso White Rock
Cane Rosso White Rock
Yes, Jay, we know we should be watching/disciplining/leashing our kids so they don't get all up in your fire pits and water features. But on the other hand, well, we like your delicious pizza in our other hand. Now that we understand each other, we will bring our kiddos to your delicious pizza place and you will take our money. Capice?

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Taco Joint usually looks just like this, but with more kids.
Anything "Taco" or Tex-Mex
(ex: Matt's, Mariano's, Taco Joint, Torchy's, etc.)
The free chips and generally festive atmosphere at Tex-Mex restaurants makes them all feel pretty kid-friendly. The low price points don't hurt either. And singing mariachis tend to drown out wails of all kinds, drunken or toddler. Torchy's and Taco Joint (the Abrams/Mockingbird location) are both packed with kiddos every time we visit. Bonus: margaritas.

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Because biscuits
The Mecca/Barbec's
Greasy spoons are great for kids because they're already greasy, so your kids can't make it much worse. Mecca was one of the first places we took our food babies, and we did it at 2:30 p.m. to prevent too many baby-less people from having to endure any dueling freakouts should one or both of them have chosen to freak out. They didn't (the angels), so perhaps next time we can attempt to eat at a normal time. We'll see. Bonus: Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays at Barbec's. Also, cinnamon rolls and biscuits.

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foodbitch
Also, there's this.
Crossroads Diner
Crossroads would be a greasy spoon if it were greasy or if the food wasn't sop damn good. And the even better news is that this breakfast, brunch and lunch-only spot is always packed full of families, so you can feel good about taking your kiddos there. Patience may be required, however, as brunch there often means a wait. Weekdays are much quieter.

Location Info

The Lot

7530 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Crossroads Diner

8121 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Battuto Italian Kitchen

18101 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Start

4814 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Penne Pomodoro

1924 Abrams Parkway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Truck Yard

5624 Sears St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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33 comments
melleighjordan
melleighjordan

The Lot and The Truck Yard sound fun. :-) We will have to try those.

MissMacy
MissMacy

Thank you for providing a list of establishments to avoid like the plague.

paulspycho78
paulspycho78

newsflash: if the "cool" place your at is inundated with children it and you are probably not that "cool", you are however probably a hipster twat

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

For the love of God, PLEASE don't recommend people bring their kids to Cane Rosso White Rock. It's hard enough to get a table as is.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

get off the gringo taco joints.  They're overpriced and no better than the genuine article.  But, you guys evidently don't speak a lick of Spanish and fear anything not marketed to your hipster sensibilities.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

fooddick here............I prefer Joe's Crab Shack (so I can imbibe), or Chuck E. Cheese in Allen; although you Yup's probably prefer something WAY MORE kickass! 

banepage
banepage

My son likes the tilted Kilt

Threeboys
Threeboys

Well, if most of the DO commenters had their way and all the babies were aborted, we wouldn't need a list of kid friendly restaurants.

tdkisok
tdkisok

The LOT has horrible food.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Surprised none of these made the shitlist.

Chuck E. Cheese, Magic Time Machine, Mid Eviltimes, Purple Cow, Serengetti Grill,@ Dallaszoo, Rainforest Cafe, The Cafe @ Perot museum, Chicken Scratch, Barrel and Bowl,

monstruss
monstruss

Also, No Davis St. Espresso? ha!

casiepierce
casiepierce

Yeah, the Lot is sooooo much better than the former White Rock Yacht Club.....

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

patiently awaiting the arrival of fooddick

Daniel
Daniel

Most neighborhood mom'n'pop Thai or Vietnamese joints are pretty kid-friendly.

monstruss
monstruss

I'm surprised not to see Chicken Scratch on this list, considering how often crotchspawn infest that establishment. 

mcdallas
mcdallas

I agree with all of these, except Truck Yard.  Dirt/gravel floor + kids = disaster.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It's just a different type of taco, nothing wrong with that. I love La Banqueta, but that doesn't mean I can't also like Torchy's or Taco Joint.

banepage
banepage

@scottindallas Im working my way down Maple ave. eating at all the taco joints. Its a challenge and is really expanding my horizons.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@banepage 



fooddick here!  my recommendation is that you take the kiddo camping.  Then take him/her to Pizza Inn in Denison-cheap and delicious! By the time you hike, rock climb and eat, the tyke will be fast asleep until the next day. The Kerg's I mean fd, recommends this! 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin 


did somebody say fooddick? I want to be so incredibly snarky and vigorous, but "me" belly is full of chicken thighs and Shiner. THANK YOU!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Probably should stay clear of Loco Coyote near Glen Rose then too.

dsmallwood06
dsmallwood06

You obviously don't have children or it's been along time since you were a child... Kids love to play outside...

monstruss
monstruss

@dsmallwood06 Can they play outside somewhere where there aren't outdoor bars and people trying to enjoy a drink? 

dsmallwood06
dsmallwood06

Just because they serve beer doesn't mean kids shouldn't be there so your argument is invalid, but it doesn't really matter anyways, I will continue to bring my kids so deal with it bitches! @becoolerifyoudid And there is no smoking there--- hello it's dallas!

monstruss
monstruss

@dsmallwood06  You're right! it's a food truck yard with beer, not a playground (despite the treehouse bar in the corner). 

bearcamp
bearcamp

@becoolerifyoudid It was a hoot watching a two year old playing with dog turds at the TRUCK YARD.....and mommie never knew.

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

@monstruss@dsmallwood06 Let them play at the truck yard, where else will they learn to cuss, order booze and inhale second hand smoke. 

dsmallwood06
dsmallwood06

There's plenty of room for you to enjoy your drink and kids to play so their parents can enjoy a drink as well- don't be greedy, it's a food truck yard for gods sake!

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