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10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants: Dallas Serves Up Kid-Approved Cuisine and Fun



Planning an upcoming vacation to Dallas with the whole family in tow? Well, you're in luck, because Big D is quite family-friendly! Along with kid-centric attractions and activities, Dallas restaurants also cater to families. Choose from a variety of our top picks and make it a family night out on the town.

If you're in the mood for Tex-Mex, there are several Dallas restaurants that serve up this delicious regional cuisine, as well as keep young diners in mind. Mariano's Hacienda has plenty of offerings to keep the whole family happy - famous frozen margaritas for the adults and coloring book menus and crayons for the little ones. Young diners are greeted by a stuffed bear in the lobby, and they can ride on classic coin-operated rides before taking a seat at a table in one of many themed dining rooms - think beach, pinata room and rustic lodge.

Families who want to feel like they've gone to their Texan grandma's house for supper will truly enjoy Babe's Chicken Dinner House in the north Dallas suburb of Carrollton. Babe's offers kid-friendly food, like fried chicken, chicken strips, corn, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans - and it's all served family style. Diners should save room for the over-the-top banana pudding dessert at the end.

No matter what you're in the mood for, 10Best has got your family covered!

 


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Ever wonder why Japanese beef tastes so wonderful? Cattle in Japan consume sake and beer and are massaged daily with sake in order to have tender meat! "Kobe" means top-quality choice beef, and this Japanese steakhouse is dedicated to serving premium goods. While located in a strip mall in Addison, once you enter the doors, you'll feel a world away. The dimly-lit restaurant is comprised of Hibachi stations. The restaurant presents prime US beef prepared with the teppan grill – pick your entree and the staff will cook it right in front of you! There's also a great bar for drinks before or after dinner.




Located north of Dallas in Plano, just off the Tollway, Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar prides itself on serving up delicious farm-to-kitchen foods and drinks. In fact, most entrees are slow-cooked on a live wood grill or smoker, so it's the perfect place to indulge in some classic Texan fare. Some popular menu items include the mesquite-grilled redfish, mesquite-smoked duck breast, and open-pit grilled pork tenderloin. Some of the side dishes are spinach tomato orzo, sweet potato hash, and poblano and bacon grits. Diners can sit in the comfortable dining room or on the porch, and you can even relax in a classic rocking chair while you wait for your table.


Café Brazil


In addition to traditional breakfast dishes, Cafe Brazil has plenty of options to satisfy a sweet tooth or caffeine craving. Scrumptious desserts and an unending supply of coffee are available, along with crepes of all kinds (dipped in cinnamon egg batter) and tropical fruit French toast. And one of the best drinks on the menu, and it's perfect for cold or rainy days, is the hot chocolate. You'll also find great service and a laid-back atmosphere that attracts an eclectic crowd. Outdoor seating is an added perk, and the cafe is open all night. Cafe Brazil is both inexpensive and satisfying.


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This appealing place is a great choice for weekend brunch or a hearty meal anytime. If the weather permits, take a seat on the multi-level patio before digging into items like eggs benedict, build-your-own tacos, biscuits 'n' gravy, chicken-fried steak with eggs, pancakes, and omelets. Your Dallas 10Best expert's favorite breakfast item is the migas, a scrumptious combination of scrambled eggs, corn tortilla strips, onions, tomatoes and cheese. Plus, zesty huevos rancheros and egg casserole offer local flavor in spades, and a kids' menu is available. Don't feel like you need to dress to impress at Ozona Grill and Bar. Showing up in flip flops, t-shirts and shorts is totally fine.


Babe's Chicken Dinner House
Photo courtesy of Babe's Chicken Dinner House


Babe's Chicken Dinner House serves up Texan comfort food in a family style manner. While the fried chicken is always a hit, don't miss the chicken tenders served with gravy! Other popular menu items there include chicken fried steak, fried catfish and hickory smoked chicken. Choose from a wide variety of Southern sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, Grandma's corn and buttermilk biscuits. End your meal with one of many homemade desserts such as banana pudding, lemon meringue pie, coconut meringue pie and pineapple upside-down cake. All meals are served family style, which means that you pick different meats and sides and they come out in large bowls for the entire family to share.


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Lake Highlands


Crossroads Diner has been featured as D Magazine's best breakfast of 2012. This Lake Highlands spot prides itself on its fresh ingredients, friendly hospitality and comfortable environment. So if you're in Big D and want a diner-style breakfast, this is the place to go! Some of the most popular breakfast items include the signature Sticky Buns, quiches, and melt-in-your-mouth old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes. If you're looking for a hearty breakfast, try the eggs benedict with corned beef hash. They even have great lunch items, such as the Cobb salad and the chicken curry salad sandwich. The food is both delicious and affordable, which makes Crossroads Diner a favorite with all the locals.


Matt's Rancho Martinez Mexican Restaurant


Located in the popular Lakewood neighborhood, Matt's Rancho Martinez gets packed regularly, so arrive early to get a table. The menu does a great job of combining cowboy or gringo touches with Mexican style; Matt's specialties include chicken fried steak and signature Bob Armstrong dip (a delicious mix of queso, ground beef, sour cream and guacamole). In addition, Matt's chiles rellenos and flautas are Dallas legends. This wonderful spot is great for families, so feel free to bring the kiddos along on your date night. Finish off your feast with an order of their handmade sopapillas, which taste great with butter and honey.


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Lake Highlands


Located in Lake Highlands, Mariano's Hacienda is one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Big D. The decor is kitsch at its finest - the bar is covered by a traditional palapa roof, and there's a pinata room, a ranch room (complete with stuffed deer heads) and a beach room. The food there speaks for itself - Mariano's Hacienda definitely has the best steak fajitas in town. While it has an extensive menu with all kinds of offerings, such as tilapia and enchiladas - if you eat meat - go for the steak fajitas. You won't be disappointed - we promise! And did we mention the frozen margaritas? Mariano's actually invented the frozen margarita machine that is now housed in the Smithsonian.


Truck Yard
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Along with its fun party scene at nighttime, the Truck Yard is one of Dallas' most kid-friendly restaurants! That's right - both parents and kids love this hip spot. Kids enjoy being able to run around and meet other hipster kids, while parents love the signature cocktails and campy decor. All mentioned love the food truck-style menu, complete with kid-friendly favorites like the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and ice cream. Food trucks rotate in and out of the yard all day with popular items like sliders, Cajun fare, tacos, pizza and more. Basically, anything a child is the mood for will be available so parents can just chill.


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