Charlotte Restaurants Where You Can Bring the Kids

For those with little ones, finding a good place to grab a bite can be a hassle. luckily, plenty of spots in Charlotte cater to a refined palate and kids’ developing taste buds
The Fey family enjoys a home-style dinner at Dish.

Mama Ricotta’s Restaurant
Kids love pasta and pizza, and Mama Ricotta’s has plenty of both. Whether young ones order classic spaghetti and meatballs from the kids’ menu or share some cheese pizza from the adult menu, familiar flavors and friendly service make Mama’s a popular stop on a family outing. 601 S. Kings Dr., in Kings Pointe Shopping Center, 704-343-0148

Old Fashioned Soda Shop In this 1950s-style diner, parents and kids can both indulge in grilled cheese, burgers, and ice cream floats. On a recent trip, a father and his daughter bit into BLTs at the same time, munching on freshly fried bacon, Duke’s mayo, lettuce, and tomato. After the meal, they split a milkshake. 1930 Camden Rd., 704-372-0092

It’s a down-home kind of joint. The kids’ menu offers familiar items such as chicken tenders, but the dinner menu—filled with Southern classics—is also good for a young and adventurous eater. What better spot for a youngster to try a fried green tomato? 1220 Thomas Ave., 704-344-0343

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
With plenty of meat served on swords, called Rodízio, and corresponding tokens that indicate whether you’re ready for more meat, little boys and girls with an adventurous spirit are sure to be impressed here. Plus, if you’re celebrating a birthday, the team will deliver dessert with a candle, as well as a card with a picture of your table. 139 S. Tryon St., 704-601-4141

Nan & Byron’s
The popcorn on each table scores immediate points, but a kids’ menu with meals, sides, and desserts (including a killer PB&J cookie) can make those in the 8-to-12-year-old crowd feel more grown-up here. Or, they can try a new version of something familiar on the adult menu, such as meatloaf. Even better, kids 12 and under eat free Sunday through Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. 1714 South Blvd., 980-224-7492

This article appears in the November 2015 issue of Charlotte Magazine

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Categories: By Sarah Nowicki, Food + Drink, In Print