For kids, dining out isn’t always about what they eat. Sometimes where they eat it is most appetizing. We’ve found four restaurants in the metro area with unusual seating arrangements.

Imperial Fez
2285 Peachtree Rd. NE, Buckhead
    Step into the “tent” to experience a Moroccan setting, with floor cushion seating at low dining tables. Prepare to eat with your hands, Moroccan-style, and enjoy some bellydancing. Kids eat free on Sundays, two free kids’ meals per two adult entrees.

Mellow Mushroom
935 Woodstock Rd., Roswell
    Sit inside a manmade tree at a table that seats up to eight. You can’t reserve the tree in advance, but if it’s open, anyone can sit in it. The interior and exterior are covered in colorful doodles, which diners may add to with crayons or marker. Behind the tree, kids can draw on a chalkboard wall. An adjacent table, in the “shade” of the tree is also a popular choice.

Twisted Taco

9700 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 678-822-5900;

    Five booths at the Johns Creek location of Twisted Taco are designed to look like Old West jail cells, with TVs and remotes inside. You can’t reserve the cells, but request one upon arriving. If they’re full, you can be moved once one opens up. Cell doors don’t lock, and there’s plenty of room inside for high chairs.

Orient Express
2921 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Vinings
    All aboard at the three-in-one (Chinese, Hibachi and sushi) restaurant where guests sit in a renovated train car that survived a derailment in the 1950s. With the restaurant located alongside real tracks, diners can pretend they’re riding the rails.

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