By Laura Carson Miller
When it comes time for dinner out, do your kids get just as excited about new adventures in food as you do? Atlanta is full of diverse restaurants and luckily many of them have kids menus that aren’t merely the same ‘ole thing!
Check our roundup of local restaurants with kid friendly items so delicious, parents might covet their meals. Click the restaurant names for a direct link to their websites.
Delicious food is always a family affair at Kyma. Chef Pano Karatassos (pictured at left), a father of 3, told me, “The inspiration for the Kyma Kids menu came from the children who came to Kyma with their parents in the first 4 or 5 years the restaurant was open.” He noticed that they were ordering and enjoying fresh, healthy menu items from the regular menu instead of asking for typical, fried kid’s menu food. “From that observation, we created a menu that mirrors the regular menu with small plates, pastas and dinner entrees in kid’s portions. They are the same high quality ingredients and prepared in the same healthy Mediterranean style as the rest of the Kyma menu.”
What child, or parent for that matter, could resist the Fluffernutter Sandwich and fruit or the lure of mini burgers with fries? Twist offers choices that are known and loved in portions that are kid perfect. Ask about the coloring contest, too, where you can win another meal on the restaurant!
3. South City Kitchen Vinings
Southern staples get a gourmet twist at South City Kitchen in Vinings (pictured at right), with kids favorites like Crunchy Catfish Sticks and brunch items including Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes or Scrambled eggs with grits and fresh fruit. As an added bonus, kids 10 and under eat free Sunday-Thursday from 5-6pm
with the purchase of an adult entree at the regular price.
4. Café Sunflower
Vegetarian families can find yummy, healthy dishes and a menu just for kids at Café Sunflower (pictured at left) locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs. Pizza, quesadillas and more get the veggie treatment with fresh ingredients and smiles for kids and parents.5. Souper Jenny
Jenny Levison has been dishing up soup in Atlanta for 13 years and her Thursday night grilled cheese offering is a favorite of local kids and adults alike. Get a yummy soup and sandwich on Thursday from 5pm – 10pm. You’ll likely be back the following week, too!
Most of all, be willing to try something new - little ones are taking their clues from you. Happy dining, families!
If the thought of letting someone else do the cooking this Thanksgiving sounds appealing, one of our picks from around town might be just the ticket. Whether you're looking to dine out (and even let someone else do the cleaning) or to pick up some goodies to go with your homemade offerings, there are plenty of options in and around Atlanta to make this Thanksgiving truly stress-free. Dine-In:
Food 101: A special “family-style” Thanksgiving will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. $42/adult, $21/child, Free/5 & Under.
4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342-2680
Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead: Both locations of the Ritz-Carlton will be serving a Thanksgiving brunch and a Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations required.
Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: $70/adult, $35/child;
Dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m: $65/adult, $30/child
181 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, 30303 USA
Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: $99/adult, $39/child;
Dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: $99/adult, $39/child
3434 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Lobby Bar and Bistro: Lobby will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. $49/adult, $17/child, Free/5 & Under.
TWELVE Hotel and Residences, 361 17th Street, Atlanta, GA 30363
103 West: The ninth annual Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 103 West. Minimum of four guests and reservations required. $69/adult, $35/12 & Under, Free/6 & Under.
103 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
Villa Christina: The Tuscan restaurant will serve a special Thanksgiving brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations required. $45/adult, $25/child, Free/5 & Under.
4000 Summit Boulevard,
Atlanta, GA 30319
The Sundial Restaurant: A fixed three-course Thanksgiving menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations required. $51/person.
210 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30303
Kurt’s Bistro: The German bistro will serve a Thanksgiving buffet with seating times from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. $45/person.
3305 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Suite 100, Duluth, GA 30096
Wildfire Restaurant: Wildfire will be serving a special “family-style” menu from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Carry-out is also available. $34.95/adult, $14.95/child.
94 Perimeter Center West at Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, GA 30346
Take-out:Star Provisions: Provisions To Go is offering "Turkeys & Fixin’s" take-out meals. Orders must be placed by Nov. 19. Pick-up is Nov. 23.
1198 Howell Mill Road Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30318
404.365.0410, ext. 131
Serpas True Food: Serpas True Food is offering a take-out Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings (and lots of choices!). Orders must be placed by Nov. 21. Pick-up is Nov. 23. $100/four-person meal, $135/four-person fried turkey meal, $175/eight-person meal, $225/eight-person fried turkey meal.
659 Auburn Ave. #501, Studioplex, Atlanta, GA 30312
Murphy’s Restaurant: Murphy’s will be offering a take-out Thanksgiving meal. Orders must be placed by Nov. 19. Pick-up is Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $125/four-person meal.
997 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Alon’s Bakery: Alon’s will be offering a take-out Thanksgiving meal. Orders must be placed by Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. Pick-up is Nov. 23 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations.
1394 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Dunwoody, GA 30346
Want to see what's the most convenient? Check out our interactive map below to find the simplest way to your Thanksgiving feast!
Compiled and written by Rachel Bunn.