Whether your sitter canceled at the last minute or you are looking for a fun place to take your kids, dining with children in Atlanta does not mean settling for a fast food chain. Many Atlanta establishments have menu options for kids, activities to distract them or interesting scenery that helps keep children entertained. Try one of these kid-friendly restaurants the next time you take the kids to eat out in Atlanta.
The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
School-age and older children will always remember a visit to the Sun Dial Restaurant. Located at 210 Peachtree Street atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, the Sun Dial offers unmatched city views and meals featuring local, farm-to-table ingredients. It is a great place to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion with your family.
While not cheap, the restaurant is more affordable than you might expect, especially considering the amazing views. Adults can indulge in a variety of signature cocktails, and the children’s menu features pasta, chicken tenders, pizza and other kid favorites. Kids’ entrees are only $9 at lunch and $12 at dinner and each comes with a complimentary scoop of ice cream or fruit plate for dessert.
The Pullman is a casual gastropub located at 1992 Hosea Williams Drive NE in the trendy Kirkwood neighborhood east of downtown. Parents will enjoy the friendly, laid-back vibe and selection of craft beers, while their kids play with all of the toys in the play area. Visit during the Sunday Bluegrass Brunch and enjoy the live music while you dine on chicken biscuits, catfish and grits and sip a house-made pickle-topped Bloody Pullman.
Thinking Man Tavern
People do not usually use the words “tavern” and “kid-friendly” in the same sentence, but the Thinking Man Tavern at 537 Howard Avenue in Decatur is great for families. Its eclectic, homey décor feels comfortable and there are over 100 handcrafted spirits to help parents wind down. Fried chicken, fish and chips, burritos and other child favorites are on the menu. Kids and adults are welcome to entertain themselves with free board games and books.
If you are looking for healthy vegetarian or vegan cuisine but also have meat-eaters in the family, then check out Souper Jenny. This soup, salad and sandwich café is a great place to grab lunch in a casual setting. Daily menus will vary at each of four locations; Buckhead, Brookhaven, Roswell and on Huff Road in Atlanta’s West Side.
However, certain favorites appear on a regular basis, including My Dad’s Turkey Chili and homemade cookies. Southern foodies will love Jenny’s fried green tomato and pimiento cheese sandwich. Kid-pleasing options include a classic PB&J and a fresh fruit salad topped with honey and Greek yogurt. Local theater performers staff the Buckhead location and an impromptu performance is not out of the question. Another bonus for families includes requesting that guests put cell phones away while dining.
Flying Biscuit Café
You can find the Flying Biscuit Café at several locations throughout the city, including 1001 Piedmont Avenue Northeast. Located near Candler Park, kids will love walking on the rainbow-painted sidewalks and visiting the neighborhood’s eclectic shops before or after they eat. Breakfast choices are available all day, including omelets, eggs Benedict and the famously flying biscuits. The kids’ menu features pancakes, macaroni and cheese and other child favorites.
Dubbed as the world’s largest drive-in, The Varsity has been an Atlanta institution since 1928. Although there are other locations to get the famous Frosted Orange milkshakes, you must visit the original downtown restaurant at the corner of Spring Street and North Avenue to get the full Varsity experience.
Guests are greeted with enthusiastic calls of, “What’ll ya have?” and can choose from various hot dog and hamburger combinations. Legendary onion rings, fresh-cut fries and made-from-scratch fried pies are Varsity favorites. Kids will enjoy donning a red paper hat and ordering a cone at the Mayfield ice cream counter. They will also love the old-school drive-in experience where servers attach a tray to their car windows and bring out their food.
Hard Rock Café
Unlike the Atlanta-only Varsity, the Hard Rock Café has over 130 locations around the globe. It provides a lively dining experience that school-age kids are bound to enjoy. Located next to the Peachtree Center MARTA station, Atlanta’s Hard Rock Café offers burgers and other casual American cuisine, signature cocktails and a kids menu for children 10 years of age and younger. Try to budget for souvenirs, as your kids may want to stop by the Rock Shop for tee shirts and other themed merchandise.
You will find this silly sounding take-out stand in the perfect kid location of Centennial Olympic Park. Near many of Atlanta’s main attractions, Googie Burger is a fun place to grab lunch while visiting the Children’s Museum, Georgia Aquarium or World of Coca-Cola. Kids will enjoy watching their veggie burgers or chicken sandwiches being prepared in the exhibition kitchen.
New Realm Brewing Company
Atlanta is home to several kid-friendly breweries where kids can play while parents relax and sample craft beers. New Realm Brewing Company is located on the Eastside Belt Line, at 550 Somerset Terrace, near the Historic Fourth Ward Park and The Carter Center. The menu includes wood-fired pizza and pretzels, burgers and grilled cheese. A selection of sweets includes banana pudding and campfire s’mores. Kids can order from a coloring menu and play cornhole or giant Jenga while their parents unwind.
Atlanta Brewing Co.
Atlanta Brewing Co. is another brewery that welcomes babies, children, teens and adults. Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy the patio full of yard games when the weather is nice and can play cards or board games inside when it rains. Live music and trivia events are scheduled year-round, and the patio features a fire pit and tree-stump stools for cozy evening chats. A glass wall separates the taproom from the brewing area, so guests can watch how beer is made. However, food options can be a hit or miss for children with fussy palettes, so bring your own snacks or come when a food truck is scheduled to be on-site.