Posted in: Dining Kids Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2015

4 Nearby Options for Family-Friendly Dining

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If you think that the only hassle-free restaurant to bring your kids to eat in the Cleveland area is a fast-food joint or a kid-centric place, think again. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants near Warrensville Heights and in the Cleveland area. Whether you want a full night out with the family or are looking to save a bit of money when you dine together, there’s a lot to choose from.

Food and Fun

Enjoying a family meal followed by a few games doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to terrible pizza and a loud animatronic mouse. With two locations in Cleveland, The Corner Alley wants you and your family to have a great time. The menu features classic pub-like fare, from nachos to fries and a few salads and sandwiches. Lane rentals are on an hourly basis and range from $15 per hour on weekday afternoons to $35 per hour in the evening on weekends. Up to eight people can bowl on a lane, making it a pretty good deal if you’ve got a lot of kids.

Classic Diners

Sometimes when you’re dining with kids, the safest bet is a classic diner. Most diners have kids’ menus, and if they don’t, it’s likely your little one will find something to enjoy from the extensive menu options available. Located in Rocky River, Bearden’s has the makings of a classic diner. The diner’s decor throws back to the 1950s, with details such as a little train track that runs around the eating area and a red Corvette decorating the exterior wall of the diner. The method of ordering at Bearden’s is easy on parents, too. You order and pay at the counter, then sit down and wait for your food to come out to you. That means you can make a quick exit, if needed, if one of your kids starts fussing.

Sweet Treats

Kids know that the most important part of the meal is dessert. And Sweet Melissa, which has several locations in the Cleveland area, understands this. The kids’ menu options all include dessert or a treat. For just $6, your child can enjoy a main course such as mac and cheese, brick chicken, or a kosher hotdog, as well as a side, a drink, and a treat, such as a cupcake or a brownie.

If you enjoy brunch, take the kids to BonBon Cafe, which offers brunch all day, as well as lunch options. Although it does have a number of savory items, the cafe is really known for its sweets and pastries.

Kids Eat Free! (Or, Practically Free)

Raising kids is expensive. But, a few restaurants aim to reduce the financial strain, at least a bit. Bring the family to Cowboy Food and Drink in Chagrin Falls on Mondays, buy an adult entree that costs at least $7 and feed up to two children for free. As an added bonus, your kids get free balloon animals,¬†made just for them by the restaurant’s clown.

Several chain restaurants offer free kids’ meals or kids meals for less than $2. Drop by Denny’s, Quaker Steak & Lube, or IHOP and see what special deals they have for families with children.