By Shawn S. Lealos

There is a lot of great restaurants in the Dallas and Fort Worth area for people to choose from. However, when it comes to finding a great place to eat for families, things get tougher because it is not always easy to find a restaurant with a kid-friendly menu — at least one that is not generic. However, that does not mean it is impossible and there are some great options thanks to locally owned restaurants in the Metro area. Here is a look at some of the best kids menus in the DFW area.

Penne Pomodoro
11661 Preston Road, Suite 143
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 368-3100
www.pennepomodoro.com

Penne Pomodoro is an Italian restaurant that offers a family-friendly atmosphere and won’t break the bank. Their pasta is handmade and they offer everything from seafood and wood oven pizza to sandwiches and salads. For the kids, Penne Pomodoro offers pizzette, spaghetti, grilled or breaded chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. While there are chain restaurants that offer similar items, Penne Pomodoro offers families healthy Italian food with a local flavor. Make sure to finish things off with a gelato sandwich or gelato sundae for dessert.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
8031 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 1150
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 360-4762
www.unleavened.com

Unleashed is a fresh kitchen in Dallas that offers a unique take on classic food items. They also have some great options for the kids with both regular kids menus and an A.M. Kiddos menu. In the mornings, kids can get the Mini Dagwood (bacon, egg, potato, shaved cheddar) or the Baby Bird (turkey sausage, egg, shaved cheddar). When it comes to their lunch and dinner menu for kids, there are five choices, including the Delaney with pepperoni, mozzarella and pizza sauce, the Chicken Little tenders with ranch or honey mustard, and the Wynne, which has peanut butter and sliced strawberries.

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
1006 West Main St.
Carrolton, TX 75006
(972) 245-7773
www.babeschicken.com

There are plenty of chicken restaurants around the DFW area, including some great franchises that include kids play areas and some great kids menus. However, for families looking for a locally owned Dallas restaurant to support, look no further than Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. The restaurant opened in 1983 in Dallas and prides itself on being a perfect spot for families to spend quality dinner time together. To welcome families, they even have kids dance and sing to the “Hokey Pokey” while waiting or their food.

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Celebration Restaurant
4503 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 351-5681
www.celebrationrestaurant.com

When heading out to the Celebration Restaurant in Dallas, there is a special treat awaiting the kids. While many restaurants have basic kids menus, Celebration Restaurant has something special, including gluten-free spaghetti, rosemary grilled chicken, and even a good old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich on nine grain bread. Honestly, there is so much greatness on the kids’ menus, that some parents might want to order from that one instead of the main menu. There is also a patio where families can sit and kids can enjoy desserts like homemade banana pudding or a homemade chocolate brownie.

Start
4023 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 599-7873
www.startrestaurant.net

Starr is where families can go when they want to help their kids learn to eat healthier. Everything at Start is handmade and healthy and done at a fast food speed. The burgers are from grass-fed cows (and comes in kid sizes) and the chocolate cake is made without flour. This is a perfect spot for health-conscious parents to feed their kids. The kids’ menu includes a PB & Banana sandwich, baked chicken fingers, along with organic juices to wash it all down with.

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