7 Restaurants with Something Special
Try one of these family-friendly eateries that put fun on the menu.
Ukuleles, palm trees and beach décor give Truett’s, part of the Chick-fil-A restaurant group, the feel of a Hawaiian luau. The menu includes traditional Hawaiian favorites such as Kalua Pork, I’a Makana Fish Tacos and Mahi Mahi. If your kids aren’t that adventurous, they can go with something more familiar – chicken sandwiches, nuggets, mac and cheese and milkshakes. For dessert, they might be willing to try a frosted pineapple or decadent King’s Hawaiian bread pudding. After eating, try your hand at traditional island instruments, stroll through the gardens and spot the rooftop beehives.
Flowerpots, yard art, signs, statues and caged birds give R. Thomas Deluxe Grill its eclectic charm. The funky covered patio garden is a green oasis on Peachtree Street. The restaurant serves organic, vegetarian and “super foods.” You can still get peanut butter chocolate pie or a hamburger, but these options sit side-by-side with raw veggie dinners and freshly squeezed juices. Kids’ choices include scrambled eggs, grilled cheese and pasta. The food is so good that your kids won’t know they’re eating healthy.
This one-of-a-kind “friendly neighborhood comic book bar” appeals to adults as well as kids. Enjoy the laid back, retro atmosphere while the kids browse the comic books or play pinball on one of 10 movie- and superhero-themed pinball machines. The menu includes choices for every taste, from crunchy black-eyed peas to pimiento cheese toast sticks, fried shrimp hoagie and the restaurant’s signature CBJB, a cashew butter, strawberry jam and bacon sandwich. The kids’ menu includes selections such as grilled cheese, a vegan corn dog, shrimp taco and chicken fingers.
No kid in his right mind would turn down pizza. Add robot servers, and a fun meal is guaranteed. At Robot Pizza in Brookhaven, customers are greeted by Pepper the robot, who offers menu suggestions and other conversational tidbits. Place your order at the counter; after that, the restaurant’s trio of robots “step” in and deliver your food. Photo opportunities abound, with great space-age décor and of course, robot selfies. From the humans in the kitchen come a variety of specialty pizzas as well as build-your-own. Other menu items include sandwiches, calzones and wings. In addition to pizza, kids can order chicken fingers or spaghetti.
Situated at the edge of DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, 57th Fighter Group has everything an airplane enthusiast could want – WWII aviation-themed décor, headsets and a great view of the runway from the outdoor seating area. The upscale menu offers everything from fried catfish and hush puppies to filet mignon. In between watching planes taking off and landing, kids can choose from favorites such as hamburgers, chicken tenders and grilled cheese.
At HobNob Tavern, the first thing you notice is the bookshelf full of games. The variety of board games, including checkers, Battleship, Monopoly, Scrabble and Chutes and Ladders will help entertain the kids while waiting for your food. The menu has everything from salads and appetizers to classic fare such as shrimp and grits, meatloaf, salmon and burgers. The kids’ menu features chicken tenders, fruit, pita pizza and mac and cheese. Open daily, see website for hours.
A longtime Atlanta tradition, Orient Express serves Asian food in a unique setting – a vintage railroad car. Choose your cuisine – Chinese, sushi or hibachi, and you’ll be ushered to one of three rooms in the car. Kids (and adults) will find the expert hibachi chefs entertaining, and the food is even more fun to eat when it’s been prepared before your eyes. The restaurant is adjacent to a set of busy railroad tracks; your kids might get a close-up view of the real thing.