(In the interest of helping Dublin, Ohio visitors find deals on kids meals and family friendly eateries, we are featuring a series of guest posts by Dawn Scheurle, creator of the popular site: www.kidseatout.com – “restaurant reviews from a mom’s point of view.” This is part 3 in a 4 part series.
If you are like me, you are always on the search for family friendly restaurants that deliver on that magic combination of great value, nutritious choices, good food, convenience and ability to cater to kids. Here are a few more of my top choices (approved by my kids) ...
Bravo. Bravo is one of my favorite places to go with or without the kids! It is a little more on the upscale side compared to some of the others on the list--so if you have particularly rambunctious children, it may not be for you. The kids menu is huge, with chicken fingers (if you must), to all kinds of pasta and pizza. The servings are quite large, so for little appetites--you may want to share. They offer "Grande Kids, Meals for Small Adults" for more mature tastes (think Chicken Parmesan and Grilled Salmon). They even have a "Sides and Salads" section on the kids menu! Bravo has one of the most impressive kid's menus out there. The kids menu does come with crayons and activities, but you might have to ask for the raw dough to play with, as sometimes the wait staff forgets to bring it out!
Bob Evans. Bob Evans is known for its family friendly atmosphere. You’ve probably eaten there at one time or another for breakfast. Try it with your kids for dinner. The kids menu is varied, with a complete Breakfast menu anytime, but lots of other options too--many very healthy. Their sides include low-fat strawberry yogurt, mashed potatoes and gravy, cottage cheese, broccoli, salad, fruit dish, baked potato, plus seven more. I love that they have grilled chicken strips (in addition to the usual fried), turkey, pancakes, etc. Everyone should be able to find something they like here. (Bonus deal: Bob Evans is a partner in the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau's "Kids Eat FREE Columbus Zoo/Zoombezi Bay Getaway" package program. Book your online getaway and get FREE kids meal coupons to Bob Evans and up to five other restaurants!)
Noodles & Company. Noodles & Company is a great option when you are looking for something faster than a traditional sit-down restaurant but don’t want to do fast-food. It's in the fast-food category of restaurants, but that is where the connection ends. For not quite two times what you would pay for a combo meal at another establishment, you can get a nice meal. The restaurant recently added a selection of sandwiches too.
Instead of having a separate kids' menu, all of the noodle bowls, soups and salads come in two sizes--small and large. Small is great for older kids, and big enough to split between two smaller children. Since every noodle dish is prepared to order, diners can customize--swapping or adding veggies and a protein like chicken or tofu. Mac 'n' cheese, buttered noodles and pasta with marinara sauce will appeal to picky eaters. And be sure to ask for no spices or spices on the side for them too. Food is served on real dishes and kids will love the colorful chopsticks holders.
Next.... The final 3. Will your favorite be there? :) -Guest post by Dawn Scheurle, creator of www.kidseatout.com