With Houston dubbed one of the “Culinary Capitals of the US” by the NY Times, one thing we haven’t stopped doing since having kids is enjoying the amazing local restaurants that Houston has to offer.  Of course, you can’t always get a sitter, and bringing the kids is part of the organized chaos that goes along with parenting. These restaurants not only have awesome food, but you won’t have to worry about getting the stinkeye from fellow diners and your kids won’t be whining to go home!

  1. Little Matt’s – This gem of a restaurant, located in the heart of West U, is a child’s dream, practically the Willy Wonka of eateries. Little Matt’s offers a stocked candy bar, ice cream, a slushy machine, an arcade room, an iPad station, picnic style tables and a nice patio. Oh yes, and the food is good! Parents can also be served “adult beverages” based on donation (due to zoning laws). My favorite part of this dining wonderland is that proceeds go to help children and families affected by cancer.
  2. Punks Simple Southern Food – We love this spot in Rice Village because you can post up on their patio for hours with a platter of delicious deviled eggs and a glass of chardonnay in hand while your kids make other kid friends playing on the expansive grass lawn that encompasses the restaurant. They also have tasty food options for kids including mac and cheese, mini corn dogs, and beef sliders, yum!
  3. Bernie’s Burger Bus – This Bellaire food truck is taking an old-school (pun intended) approach to the classic American burger and fries joint. Burgers are made from top quality Angus beef, buns are freshly baked and condiments are made from scratch including their homemade ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, etc. Kids will love the fun school-themed menu (the class clown, the mascot, the cheerleader), along with the school bus parked inside the restaurant. Sure to be a hit!
  4. Barnaby’s Cafe – We have loved Barnaby’s for a long time and this location in the Museum District is absolutely adorable. Kids can play with a wooden robot while the food is prepared and pooches are welcome at the outdoor patio tables. Free parking in the adjacent garage and walking distance to all of the museums. What’s not to like?
  5. Hopdoddy Burger Bar –  Our family is a sucker for a good patio, and this one does not disappoint. Complete with cornhole boards, picnic tables, a live band (on weekends) and other kids frolicking around to entertain yours, it’s a great spot in Rice Village for a decent burger, milkshakes and an awesome happy hour!

(Photo Cred: Mike Puckket)

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