How you view family-friendly restaurants pretty much depends on your phase of life. If you're toting the toddlers around, you know you need a spot where the kids can be kids and you can indulge in an adult beverage. In some cities, family-friendly often translates into a mediocre menu designed for the kids, not the parents. In Memphis, however, family-friendly is a good combination of words, as many of the city's best locally owned eateries welcome families.
Our list of the 10 Best restaurants for families covers every cuisine and neighborhood - and includes some of the city's best-loved eateries. Perhaps the most obviously family-friendly of all our list is Huey's, the hamburger emporium with locations all over town. Yes, there's a kid's menu at Huey's, and the atmosphere is loud and festive and fast - perfect for those with toddlers to teens. But the real reason Huey's tops our list is that it's the only place where kids (and parents) can write on the walls with Sharpies and you can shoot toothpicks through straws, in the hopes of piercing the ceiling. DO look out for the occasional toothpick dropping onto your table (hopefully not in your food!).
Barbecue joints Central and the Rendezvous are also excellent choices for families; we in Memphis believe that kids should start their barbecue education as early as possible. Southern favorites at The Cupboard and Gus's are sure bets for families, as is the Asian bistro Mosa and local cupcake emporium Muddy's, a place to head for a treat for those who cleaned their plates.