While many think fine-dining and taking the kids out to eat just can't go hand-in-hand, Chicago has proved us wrong with a smattering of delicious restaurants that haven't forgotten about the sometimes-picky eating habits of the little ones. Here are ten great restaurants that kids and adults will both love in the Windy City.
Always made from scratch, the authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine at Big Bowl is always enough to delight adults and kids alike. The kid's menu offers a mega-healthy variety of foods without a trace of high fructose corn syrup, such as Orange Chicken, stir-fry, and teriyaki, all detailed on an activity sheet with crayons, crosswords and coloring.
Bubba Gump's is world-renowned for being tons of fun for the whole family -- and it's Chicago location on Navy Pier is no exception. If high brow seafood cuisine isn't up the young ones' alley, they can choose from fish and chips to baby shrimp and pizza.
Tapas, Pintxos and Sangria may be unfamiliar terms to those still in elementary school, but parents and teachers can enjoy the wide variety of Spanish cuisine at this authentic cafe while the kids choose from customized menu items like chicken or beef a la plancha, or vegetables and whole wheat pasta shells.
Are you a sucker for traditional Italian dishes? Davanti Enoteca screams Italiano from its food to its decor, and you'll have an impressive variety of rustic menu items to choose from. For the younger crowd, menu items vary from simple pastas to decked-out pizzas.
"Sassy servers, tasty burgers" is what Ed promises at his famous retro diner. Servers in costume who occasionally burst into impromptu song-and-dance numbers will delight kids and adults alike, as well as their American menu of hot dogs, pizza and of course, tasty burgers.
This wacky, eccentric, "lettuce entertain you" Chicago restaurant will bring a smile to anyone's face. The main attraction is their massive salad bar with more variety in veggies and toppings than most grocery stores even stock, but kids who aren't yet into the green stuff can enjoy burgers, sandwiches and hand-dipped milkshakes.
"Still zesty since 1932," Twin Anchors is known for their tender, sweet baby-back ribs, and boasts the reputation of being one of Frank Sinatra's top hangouts. If the kids aren't into Ol' Blue Eyes, they'll still appreciate some tasty treats off the "Little Piglet" menu.
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