With a 4 ½ year old who is not only a picky eater, but also very busy and loves to make fire truck sounds… it can be difficult to find a place to have a nice, peaceful dinner where you don’t feel like you’re disrupting the other patrons.
When you take into account that we have a lot of family and friends with young children, and that we can have anywhere from 3 to 10 kids in our party, that makes it almost impossible!
If you’re anything like me, sometimes it seems like it’s not even worth the trouble of dragging those hooligans to dinner, and end up ordering pizza… almost every night.
Luckily for you, I’ve spent the last few years scouring the county for restaurants that are not only kid friendly, but have delicious food, great service, and above all – are QUICK!
You’ll obviously have your regular chains that are good for kids: Eat ‘n Park, Hot Dog Shoppe, King’s, etc. But here are a few home-town suggestions that are sure to please even your tiniest, pickiest dinner guests.
Be sure to share some of your favorites so we can keep adding to the list, because I’m always looking for new places to chow down!
Baruni’s Hotel & Grille, Baden
This is the perfect spot to take your soccer team after a match, or just take your noisy kids to the lower dining room so you don’t disturb the other guests. They have arcade games, a pool table… you name it! Their menu is also GIGANTIC, so your monsters are guaranteed to find something they like, while you have yourself a beer.
Bert’s Wooden Indian, Beaver
There are a lot of reasons I like Bert’s when you’re going to have a few kids with you. Pretty much the entire menu is child-friendly, they’re always quick, they have delicious milkshakes, and somehow it always seems SO loud in there… that I never feel bad when my 4 year old is making his obnoxiously loud fire truck noises.
El Paso, Chippewa
Literally the fastest service you’ll find in Beaver County. We absolutely love this place. You get your chips & salsa the second you sit down, and you have your food maybe 2 minutes later.
They have great Mexican kid’s meals, or you can get plain old chicken fingers or hamburgers if your little one isn’t super adventurous. My favorite is the quesadilla/French fry/taco combo. My son eats the quesadilla and fries, and I get an extra taco.
Jerry’s Curb Service, Bridgewater
The kids love pulling up to this “drive-in” style joint, ordering in their cars, and having the server sit the little tray on your window while they chow down in the back. They also put the kid’s meals in little cars which are always enjoyable.
This is a great option when you want to leave the house, but also not let your kids “loose.” You can take toys, video games, etc. to keep them occupied while you house a Dorsey in the front seat. Swing by Bruster’s afterwards if they are well behaved, because you know you want ice cream.
Harold’s Inn, Hopewell
This is a great option if you want something a little more upscale but also kid friendly. They have more of an adult menu (including lobster), but also great options for kids… and seriously, who doesn’t love their taters? They still manage to offer all of this in a casual dining environment.
They also give your monsters big coloring books and stickers and Wiki Sticks to play with… and have a full sundae bar. Sign me up! Don’t forget to walk next door to The Windmill for a round of mini golf afterwards!
Leone’s Family Restaurant, Aliquippa
Because kids love places that serve breakfast all day… especially as delicious as it is at Leone’s. I dare you to find service friendlier and more accommodating anywhere in the BC.
Steak & Shake, Monaca
With the Kid’s Eat Free Weekend and the fact that they give your little ones a cool hat to wear and car to play with… this is pretty much a lock for us! Very affordable, quick service, and delicious milkshakes. What’s not to love? They even have a drive-thru!
Texas Roadhouse, Monaca
What kid isn’t going to enjoy the loud music, line dances, and being allowed to throw their peanut shells on the floor? Not to mention those incredible rolls that if your child doesn’t like, I’m sorry- they must be a robot. Their chicken critters are also delicious!
Town Square Restaurant, Beaver
HUGE dining area, room for large parties and families, and I guarantee that you can get a dinner for a family of four spending under $20. Affordable food, friendly service, and delicious homemade pies are a winning combination at this local spot.