The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta
Atlanta’s food scene has exploded and with this came a lot of great kid-friendly restaurants. Here are Atlanta Parent’s favorite family-friendly places to go. We have categorized by types of food Atlanta kids enjoy. For more kid-friendly restaurants, check out our list of favorite Atlanta foods every kid should try.
Burgers: While there are lots of great kid-friendly burger places throughout Atlanta, two favorites for kids and parents are Bocado Burger and H&F Burger. Grindhouse Killer Burgers serves juicy burgers and shakes on the Eastside and Piedmont Avenue. You and your kids will enjoy the milkshakes and juicy cheeseburgers at Shake Shack. A Frosted Orange and cheeseburger at the Varsity has been a go-to for Atlantans for decades. Atlanta also has plenty of restaurants serving great veggie burgers.
Mexican: When you’re choosing from Atlanta’s best Mexican restaurants for kids, there are plenty all over the city. For order at the counter service, Taqueria del Sol has tasty tacos and chips and locations throughout metro Atlanta. For sit down options, try Uncle Julio’s, Superica, or Verde Taqueria. Other favorites include El Rey Del Taco, La Botana, and Cheeky Chastain.
Pizza: Whether it’s old-world Italian style or New York style, there are plenty of spots to get the best pizza for kids in Atlanta. Italian flavors such as San Gennaro or Margherita are baked in large brick ovens at Antico. With six-inch pizzas, pasta or calzone options, kids love Athens Pizza. Blue Moon starts with fresh, made-daily dough, then piles on tasty toppings. You can’t go wrong with Fellini’s, a venerable Atlanta establishment with several locations.
Barbecue: Parents and kids love the barbecue and sides at Community Q BBQ in Decatur. An Atlanta institution, Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack has great ribs and sandwiches. City Barbeque brings barbecue and more to families with easy, order-at-the-counter service. Travel to Hawaii just by walking in the front door of Waikiki BBQ. Get pulled pork or chicken, sliced beef brisket, turkey or chicken tender sandwiches at Pig-N-Chik. Newer barbecue options in Atlanta are Greater Good BBQ in Kirkwood and Sweet Auburn Barbecue.
Salads: Even though salads may be a hard sell for your kids, there are some excellent healthy food options in Atlanta that will satisfy you and your kids. Zoe’s Kitchen offers kabobs, salad, soups, and veggie bowls. Chopt brings a variety of inventive salad options. True Food Kitchen takes popular foods and transforms them into healthier versions. Salad selections get loaded at Recess with fresh veggies and a protein of choice. Visit Gusto for bowls, wraps or salads packed full of flavorful sauces and toppings.
Hot Dogs: No need to book a flight to the Windy City to get a good, Chicago-style hot dog. Try a hot dog and more at Atlanta’s best kid-friendly hot dog places. Mike’s has been serving Chicago-style dogs since 1996 on Roswell Road. Doggy Dogg is a favorite for in-town hot dog eaters. The chili dog at Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs is a Marietta favorite.
Sushi: If you and your kids are sushi lovers, here are some ideas to get your kids into the fun. We provide you with some fun sushi related ideas and our picks of top local sushi restaurants to try with kids. Also, check out our favorite kid-friendly Asian restaurants.
Soup: Warm up with a tasty bowl of soup at one of Atlanta’s best soup places.
Breakfast: Atlantans love taking their kids out to the best breakfast places in the city.
Lunch: Looking for a great lunch spot in Atlanta to take the kids? These local spots offer fresh ingredients for mom and dads and kids to love. We provide “parent’s choice” and “kid’s choice” for the restaurants featured.
Bakeries: Consider popping into a bakery with your child for a chance to sit and linger over a muffin, brownie or pastry – and maybe a cup of tea or cocoa. Bakeries come in many styles. Our roundup features five great Atlanta bakeries to go with your kids that promise an array of specialty baked goods.
Bagels: Bagels are the perfect quick breakfast item for when you want a more casual meal during the week or Sunday morning. Here is our list of best bagel places in Metro Atlanta for the most savory bagels, cream cheese and other toppings you can find.
Candy: If you are looking for a nostalgic, old-fashioned candy store or want to sample sweet, homemade treats, Atlanta’s best candy stores offer some of both.
Coffee: When families go for coffee, they discover fun and bonding in an unexpected place. Here are five of our favorite coffee shops that welcome families with more than just an open door.
Tea: We highlight three of our favorite Atlanta tea places to take your kids. These tea places are a fun way to spend some quality time with your child daughters in an elegant setting, while teaching them how to conduct themselves in a more formal tea.
Beer: Breweries are turning into more family-friendly spaces complete with grassy areas for picnics and giant yard games for play. Check out Atlanta’s best family-friendly breweries.
Hot Meal Takeout: When you have the urge to run to the drive-thru, turn the other way and pick up a homemade dish at Atlanta’s best hot meal takeout places. You find local places that serve read to eat casseroles and other home cooked meals that all you have to do is heat and eat.
Date Night: Leave the portable highchair and placemat at home. When you’ve got a sitter and you’re ready for an adult meal out, check out one of these date night restaurant picks in Buckhead.
Kids Eat Free: We rounded up a list of the best places where kids eat free in metro Atlanta. A reminder, restaurants often change their deals and menus.
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