My husband and I enjoy having a meal out of the house, and not the fast food Chipotle and Potbelly type. We love to sit down with a glass of wine and discuss our day. After our kids were born, we found it a struggle to eat with them at restaurants. Then we discovered delicious, kid-friendly, spots that make dining out an experience for them and us.
Here are some of our favorite go-to spots.
Que Rico – This Mexican restaurant has two locations that welcome children in the early evening hours. Arrive around 5 or 6 and the place is packed with kids, high chairs and sippy cups. The kids menu offers quesadillas, tacos, and a few non-traditional items like chicken nuggets. The staff is very accommodating and welcoming to kids. My children devour the chips and guacamole on the table and we parents love the margaritas. The high price tag is ideal for a special occasion or if you have family in town. 2814 N. Southport Ave. (773) 975-7436, 2301 W. Roscoe St. (773) 248-7426 (no website).
Frasca – This pizza place features thin Italian style pies and an extensive wine list. Frasca is steps away from the Paulina brown line stop, has a beautiful outdoor patio and ½ price wine on Monday and Tuesday nights. Kids eat free from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. every day and Wednesday is buy one pizza, get one free. There’s also a Saturday and Sunday brunch. 3558 N. Paulina St. (773) 248-2222.
John’s Place – This bar/restaurant caters to kids, providing crayons and dinosaur-shaped nuggets, macaroni and apple slices. This is one of those places that has something for everybody, from burgers, to noodles, to salmon. This neighborhood spot is a casual environment with a welcoming atmosphere. 2132 W. Roscoe St. (773) 244-6430 and 1202 W. Webster Ave., (773) 525-6670.
Wishbone – Serving southern comfort food in a loud and large atmosphere. My kids enjoy their corn muffins and mac and cheese. I love that you can get lattes, smoothies or wine. I eat everything from salmon cakes to red eggs. The staff is friendly and accommodating, only problem is there is often a wait on weekend mornings. 3300 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 539-3663 1001 W. Washington St. (312) 850-2663.
Pete’s Pizza – Sunday night is pizza night at our house. We have tried thick, thin, stuffed, and pan pizza from all the surrounding neighborhood joints. Pete’s wins on many levels. The pizza has a tangy sauce and perfect consistency to eat weekly. Carryout, dine in or delivery is available and they offer more than pizza; pasta, sandwiches, chicken and salads. 3737 N. Western Ave. (773) 462-7770.