No matter what your family situation, if you have kids, a restaurant that everyone can enjoy is the gold standard. Fortunately, Dallas has a great food scene, and it’s only getting better, so having kids won’t exclude you from enjoying the vibrant cuisine the city has to offer. Let’s look at the best restaurants for kids in Dallas, Texas, that parents will also enjoy.
Celebration is a restaurant and market established in 1971 that has received accolades for its kid-friendly environment and menu, as well as its home-style cuisine. Adults can dine on delectable dishes such as its award-winning local grass-fed meatloaf. It’s served with either tomato sauce with scallions and cheddar cheese or with white wine and mushroom sauce. On the lighter side are dishes such as Verlasso salmon grilled with fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic, and olive oil. Half portions of the menu’s entrees are half-price for children.
Celebration also has a dedicated kid’s menu that includes grilled or fried chicken fingers served with two veggies and gluten-free spaghetti with homemade marinara or butter sauce. Both are accompanied by fresh fruit. For an extra $1, you can add cubed meatloaf to your pasta.
Restaurant address: 4503 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., to 9 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Liberty Burger – Keller Springs
The Liberty Burger in Keller Springs, North Dallas, offers up elevated burgers, salads, and sandwiches for adults, and simpler versions for children. The Liberty Burger is a customer favorite. It’s a classic burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. An extra $1 gets you cheese or bacon. For more adventurous eaters, try The Napa. It’s a burger with gorgonzola cheese, wild arugula, oven-roasted tomatoes, green olives, onion, and basil garlic aioli. You can also get ahi and tuna burgers.
Kids can enjoy a cheeseburger made their way, grilled cheese, and chicken tender bites. Sides such as sweet potato or skinny fries, or the pub pretzels served with liberty mustard and queso blanco may also appeal. If you’re looking to end on a sweet note, Liberty Burger offers custard shakes that can be turned into floats or malts.
Address: 5181 Keller Springs Road, Dallas.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you want authentic Texas cuisine, look no further than Smoky Rose. They offer the classics, especially when it comes to barbecue. Adults can enjoy dishes such as brisket street tacos served with onion, cilantro, and lime with corn tortillas; pulled pork quesadillas with caramelized onion and jalapeno with a three cheese blend, refried beans, and Mexican rice; and fully loaded barbecue potato with chopped brisket, butter, cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream, and pickled jalapenos. Kids can feast on cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, barbecue sandwiches, corn dogs, and more with a side of fries and a soft drink or milk.
Not only is the food great, but the atmosphere is also exceptional for people with kids. In 2022, the Dallas Observer voted it the best patio restaurant in the Best of Dallas awards for food and drink. Rotating live music on the weekends and a large area for the kids to get their energy out make it a lively spot to have fun and enjoy great food.
Address: 8602 Garland Road, Dallas.
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Getting to enjoy time with your kids isn’t always easy, so when you have it, you want to make it memorable and fun. And if your kids have dietary restrictions, that can make it even harder. Luckily, Monster Yogurt is designed with kids of all kinds in mind, offering “over 80 rotating premium self-serve frozen yogurt, vegan sorbet, vegan plant based original tart, European tart, gelato, vegan Italian ice, custard, and soft frozen fruit with a bounty of 75 plus toppings.”
Tasty frozen treats abound, but kids are also able to burn off some of that sugar in the Monster Cave, two large indoor playgrounds connected by a tunnel. While the kids are having a blast in the Cave, adults can sit and chat and take advantage of free Wi-Fi.
Address: 9540 Garland Road, Suite 394, Dallas.
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
Dallas Farmers Market
The food hall at the Dallas Farmers Market is a whopping 26,000 square feet of fun. The beauty of such a market is that there are not only plenty of things for the kids to enjoy, but there’s also food for everyone else to enjoy too.
You can stop by Nammi for Vietnamese street food such as banh mi served with cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, pickled daikon carrots, and garlic mayo. If your kid’s craving pizza, head to BellaTrino’s Neapolitan Pizzeria. They offer fare such as pepperoni rolls you can pull apart and dip in marinara — perfect for families on the go. Pop over to Juice Babe to wash it all down with a refreshing juice from its extensive menu or by creating your own concoction from its high-quality ingredients.
Address: 920 S. Hardwood St., Dallas.
Hours: Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Individual stalls may have their own hours.
Are Your Kids Ready to Eat in Dallas?
At Balekian Hayes, PLLC, we know spending time with your children is precious, especially if you’re going through a separation or a divorce. That’s why we shared these Dallas restaurants that offer you and your family the chance to bond over tasty meals, have fun, and create special memories. Did we miss a favorite that everyone should know? Contact us today so we can add it to the list.