New Orleans, a city that dearly loves good eats, isn't just about fancy Creole cuisine. Downhome, kid-friendly restaurants abound, places that can deliver for even the most notoriously picky eaters. On the run, a bowl of gumbo or a po-boy gets dished up fast, important to know since a hungry child is also a cranky child. If everybody wants to try something different, head to the French Market, the souvenir Mecca that also has food stalls proffering everything from oysters on the half shell for dad to po-boys for the kids and a healthy salad for mom. Why not give the kids an allowance for lunch and turn them loose after making a meeting point at one of the market’s common dining areas? They’ll be able to choose from everything from jambalaya to fried seafood and organic smoothies, a fun experience for everybody. Or head to these kid-friendly joints around town in neighborhoods from the French Quarter and the Bywater to uptown and the Garden District. Kid tested, each of these restaurants offers menu options to please both kids and parents, and mom and dad can even have a cocktail while the kids are chowing. Now that's what we call family friendly.
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