Today, I want to talk about some Phoenix/Scottsdale restaurants not only you will love, but so will your kid. These are some of Diego & I’s favorite places to eat, and… lucky for you guys, some of them have offered freebies when you say you were referred by this post. 🙂
First what makes a restaurant kid friendly in my opinion:
- High chairs and booster seats. This is a must. It’s already hard as a mom to have to carry so much stuff and then add carrying a booster seat. I have noticed that fewer restaurants are offering high chairs and I don’t know why.
- CHANGING TABLES! OMG, I have been to three restaurants lately without a changing table and you have to figure out how to change your baby. Before I had Diego I never paid attention to this details but I think the restaurant should be aware that if they want to welcome families they have to have a changing station in the bathroom. Last time I had to change Diego on my lap and I won’t tell you guys how that ended.
- Kid friendly menu. I love when restaurants have a kids menu with simple healthy food for the kids. That way I don’t have to order a whole plate for him and end up wasting half of his and half of mine.
- Bringing out the food fast. We all know that we have limited time to enjoy our time there, so the faster the food comes the better experience for everyone.
- A play area is a plus! Like The Farm at South Mountain has this amazing space for Diego to wander around while his food comes.
So, whether you’re an Arizona local or are visiting soon, here are some awesome kid loving restaurants to try! (All the pics from this post are The Farm at South Mountain)
This farm is 10 acres of beautiful gardens and farm to table experiences. There is so much space for Diego to run around and even see some farm animals, which is his absolute favorite thing to do. We love the little breakfast cafe that uses eggs from the farm’s chickens and homemade granola, plus we can enjoy the farm while we wait for our food. Don’t forget to check their events calendar before heading out so you can join their Saturday family yogas, painting workshops, pecan picking, and other activities. Needless to say, it’s a favorite of ours!
P.S. – On date nights, their farm to table fine dining restaurant Quiessense is incredible.
The Teapot prides themselves on their 24/7 family-friendly environment and food. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt neighborhood, it’s a cute red brick home that has been turned into healthy coffee shop with daily house made quiches and pastries. The also have a packed calendar of events (most of which are free) such as a watercolor workshop, floral arranging, gingerbread house making, and more.
FREEBIE: If you show this blog post at The Teapot, you’ll recieve all play tickets free. So, your little one(s) can play in the play area for absolutely no charge. Thank you Teapot!
My family can’t get enough of Flowerchild. They really made healthy foods quick, easy, and DELICIOUS. Their “Heatlhy Kids” menu gives you the option of a protein and two sides (perfect for the picky eater). I can give Diego all natural chicken, clementines and apple slices, and smashed potato all in one meal. Plus it’s a place I love to eat as well. Who doesn’t love a great FRC restaurant?
P.S. – There is also now a location in Santa Monica if you ever find yourself there and want to grab a healthy meal for the whole family.
This local favorite Arcadia breakfast spot is owned by two sisters who just get it. Not only is their food incredible for us parents (I LOVE the kale salad), but their kids menu is great for any palette. They also have a little area for kids to play with toys.
Water Chestnut, a ramen restaurant, has just been added Thursday through Saturday 5pm-9pm. They even have a customizable kid’s bento box option!
Two words: splash pad. Diego can’t get enough of the splash pad at Luci’s at The Orchard. This local marketplace and restaurant is a gorgeous space overlooking citrus orchard. They have a fun kids menu and a great juice bar where I can even get Diego to drink a kale juice! I absolutely love this orchard in the winter and spring time.
Although fairly new to the area, this health-conscious restaurant has become a hit. Their kids menu includes items such as gluten-free chickpea pasta penne made with red or white cheddar sauce (Diego’s absolute favorite) or a chicken & veggie bowl. They also have a berry greek yogurt protein smoothie that any smoothie loving kid will enjoy. The environment is very laidback and with a nice patio where I can sip my kombucha on tap and know Diego is eating a healthy meal.
What are your favorite restaurants in Phoenix? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!