Family Food & Dining
It takes a lot more than a cup of crayons and a clutch of breaded chicken tenders to make a restaurant truly parent- and kid-friendly. You weighed in on the best treats and eats for family fun day, pizza for the team, or for when date night rolls around and the baby-sitter bails. Here are your favorite haunts for sipping and supping — family style.
Winner: Red Robin
The national gourmet burger chain is no stranger to awards (including Zagat’s Best Burger in the full-service category three years running) and can once again add the esteemed Golden Teddy to its virtual trophy case. Red Robin, which first opened its doors in Seattle in 1969, is known for its masterful mixology and deliciously accessorized burgers, as well as a mix-and-match kids’ menu, table activities, a lively atmosphere and friendly (read: patient) service. You love it because “kids get to pick and choose an entrée, a side and a drink” and because of the “especially healthy” sides such as carrots, steamed broccoli and melon slices. Perhaps the best compliment of all: “Kids eat the food!” Everyone together: Yummmmm!
Once again the chorus sings praise for Seattle’s Vios Café, with locations on Capitol Hill and in Ravenna (inside Third Place Books). Featuring a kids’ play area and healthy, authentic Greek menu options for kids, Vios Café is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, which encourages lingering over fabulous food with family. One reader sums up the appeal of Vios beautifully: “thoughtful.”
The folks at neighborhood favorite Phinney Market Pub make it a point to source the freshest and most sustainable fare from local farmers to keep that distance to your plate as short as possible. And, you tell us, the results are delicious. The menu changes with the season and local availability, and it always offers a “GREAT kids’ menu. Love the little veggie cups with carrots sticks and black olives.”
Not surprisingly, Northwest parents love to get their brewpub on — kids or no kids. Elliott Bay Brewing Company, with locations in West Seattle, Burien and Lake City, brews thirst-quenching suds, paired with equally well-crafted brunch, lunch and dinner fare. All while catering to the needs of the milk-and-apple-juice crowd. We say, “Bottoms up!”
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