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Help Me Find Perry Hall’s Best Kids' Menu

Perry Hall is full of family-friendly restaurants, but which has the best kids' menu?

Dining out, especially with my little picky eaters, can be challenging.

You know the drill—the mac 'n' cheese isn’t exactly like mine, or the grilled cheese is made with yellow cheese, not white, and so on. Even the simplest things can make my son push the plate away. However, one upside of eating out is that my boys are often tempted to try something new!

We’ve dined at most establishments in the area. We've been successful at some, while others require us to serve up bowls of Cheerios upon returning home.

The ones we head back to over and over include Serpico’s, Outback Steakhouse, Bill Bateman’s Bistro, the Double T Diner and Liberatore’s. Recently, we’ve also added a few of the newer local restaurants to our list— Taco Love Grill and Italian Sensation.

Another place we like, especially on a nice warm day is Gunpowder Lodge. There’s nothing better than a good meal and relaxing while your children run around the playground.

Did you know that there are also a lot of dining deals in the area for families? The Harp would be a great place to try on a Monday or Tuesday, because kids eat free with paying adults. And I frequently check the Economoms website, which has a great list of local restaurants and chains with family discounts.

But now, it’s time for my family to broaden our restaurant selection, and I need your help.

Where do you like to eat? Who has the best kids' menu? Tell us in the comments.

Emily Kimball (Editor) February 21, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I took my nieces to Friendly's once. It had a very child-friendly menu and the waitress was so nice.
Dawn February 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Chili's, Bob Evans & Friday's seem to have really good kids menus.
Stacey Schantz February 21, 2012 at 09:41 PM
We also like Chili's and Friday's but it's so hard with the long wait times. Chili's does offer call ahead which helps, but adding a 30+ minute wait to the restaurant experience can be a challenge.
Stacey Schantz February 21, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Just so you know Dawn, kids eat free today and tomorrow at Chili's with this coupon! http://www.kidsmealdeals.com/blog/kids-eat-free-at-chilis-feb-21-22/
Stacey Schantz February 21, 2012 at 09:45 PM
In addition to Economoms, another great website is - http://www.kidsmealdeals.com/ they also have a facebook page. They send out frequent updates on kids eat free and other dining discounts. Have used this on more than one occasion to score free dinners for my kids.
AJ February 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM
The Harps kids menu is awesome, ranges from homemade mac and cheese, chicken strips, fish sticks (made with Rockfish), pizza, burgers, and the all important healthier option hard to find for kids; Grilled Salmon with a side of green beans!
Sharon McManus February 22, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Please dont forget The Olive Garden,, Offering a wonderful childrens menu! (they also have a GLUTEN FREE Menu for adults and children with allergies!) Also have taken away the fries and all meals are well balanced, with choices of grapes, mashed potaotes and or broccoli! A Family atmosphere restaurant where you can can take kids of all ages!
Doug February 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The best restaurants for me are those that don't have screaming kids..... LOL Why is it that I see so many young children in places like Desantis' and Gunpowder Lodge after 8:30 pm ? And why is it that so many parents tune out their screaching and act like nothing is happening?
Stacey Schantz February 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
That does seem like a great kids menu! Especially for those lucky families who have kids with more sophisticated tastes beyond the chicken nugget... Thanks for sharing Amanda!
Stacey Schantz February 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Sharon, when is the best time to go to Olive Garden? We usually can get a table for lunch, but the evenings the wait time makes it impossible! Love their menu and very kid friendly, but with they would do call ahead seating or something to limit the time waiting in the lobby with hungry/grumpy kids!
Stacey Schantz February 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I hear what you're saying Doug, but parents have a right to dine out and take their kids. 8:30/9 would be late for my kids, but maybe not so much for other families. If parents are just getting home from work at 6:30/7pm, of course their dinner hour will be later. And trust me when I tell you we don't tune out our screaming kids, we are trying to keep them entertained and calm, but kids are kids, and noise often comes with the territory.
Tim February 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
One of the very few places our son will actually eat something is Red Robin. He also ate mac/cheese at the Steakhouse once. Having the arcade right behind him (and the promise of more gaming) was enough motivation for him to eat most of his M&C!
Stacey Schantz February 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Love Friendly's! Especially the nights they have Apple John in to do ballon animals for the kids. It's always a fun night.
Stacey Schantz February 22, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I have never been to Red Robin! Will have to give that a try! I like the Steakhouse, and my son will also eat the M&C because it is just like I make at home. Ironically, my son doesn't even know about the game room! Last time we went he was considerably younger, so we snuck past it. Thanks for the suggestions, Tim!
Tim February 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
if you want to go together sometime, let us know. E loves the air hockey, and playing the coin drop game. We hit all the jackpot on the circular coin drop games, we have that one on lockdown :) They also have one of those virtual ride machines too, like you see at CEC when you first walk in (to the right).
Doug February 22, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I agree Stacey. The rights are not an issue. it's just proper ettiquette. The wife and I both own small businesses and work 10-11 hours each day, 7 days a week. So we eat out an average of 6 days a week. Meeting her for dinner at 7:30 or so, is the time we have together, before we go home and do the bookwork to start the next day. Nothing is more annoying than a booth full of screaming kids next to you, and the parents doing nothing about it, after working hard for 11 hours. I would take my kids outside until they were calm, if I couldn't make them behave in a minute or two. And if I had kids I knew were like that every time, I might choose a Chuckie Cheese, or a place specifically catering to children. I know that 90% of the kids/parents are not like this, but the 10% who are, seem to be the ones you remember.. :-) Doug
Stephanie Miller February 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Love Bob Evans! Lots of healthy options and my girls always drink water with dinner so it's nice that drinks are extra. My kids can eat for $2.99. And they love their silly straws. Friendly's is always a favorite too. My girls LOVE when they win the coloring contest. The Harp is another great option!
Stacey Schantz February 22, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I thought I'd sum up the many emails and FB posts that were shared by readers, so that we can add to this list of very family friendly places for you and your kids to enjoy. Several readers mentioned Silver Spring Mining Company. One reader's daughter loves the Silly Sally Shrimp. Others commented that their kids are always able to find something they like, and that it has good grown-up selections for the adults. Personally, I'm a HUGE fan of their sour beef and dumplings, and I'm sad I haven't had any this year. Hmmm, maybe this weekend! Not sure why I always forget about this place. Quite a few readers mentioned the various breakfasty/pancake places - IHOP, Denny's, Double T, Bob Evans. While they have plenty of other things on the menu even picky eaters might like breakfast for dinner. Two readers mentioned that they love Kids Part-eez Cafe. They have games for the kids, and plenty of specials. I admit, I haven't tried this place yet, but it is also going to be added to my short list of places to try. Hope this adds to your list. Please keep your suggestions coming!
Stacey Schantz February 22, 2012 at 08:30 PM
$2.99! Wow, that is a good deal! Thanks for sharing Stephanie!
Hank February 24, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Ledo Pizza

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