Whether you’re celebrating a birthday over pizza pie, learning how to use chopsticks at the local sushi joint or simply avoiding doing dishes for a night, it’s great to share a family meal at a place that knows the fine art of catering to kids. Eating out is supposed to be fun, but it takes a special place to know the tricks and tips that keep hungry kids — and parents — happy until the check arrives.
Grab-and-Go Food Spot
Winner: PCC Natural Markets
When you need dinner – quick! – for your downright "hangry" family, you want something nutritious that’s not going to blow your weekly allotment of fats and sugars all in one sitting. For that very reason, PCC Natural Markets (many locations) came out on top for grab-and-go food for its deli selections, which range from raw foods to whole-grain salads to vegetarian sandwiches. (OK, there’s pizza, if you must – but it’s organic.) Voters had plenty to say about PCC's variety of food with one parent saying that it's “healthy, quick and [you] can get a little bit of everything for anyone in the family.”
You like Chipotle Mexican Grill (many locations) for its “healthy options, new kids’ menu, and strong community/environmental commitment.
Homegrown fast-food chain Ezell’s Chicken (many locations), isn’t health food, but boy, is it good. Chicken tenders are moist and flavorful, and served with kid-friendly ranch dressing. “Great food, good price, fast and easy and great for picnics.”
Himitsu Teriyaki in Snoqualmie offers “fast, great food and reliable friendly service.”
You give the thumbs up to Magnolia fixture Nikos Gyros, which serves up fast (but delicious) food in a kid-friendly atmosphere. “Try to find a time when families aren’t visiting Nikos. I pick up chicken gyros and fries for the entire family – they’re a big hit.”
Panera Bread (many locations) serves sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods (including a kids’ menu) in speedy cafeteria style. “Great food, healthy kid meals, fast pick-up service.”
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