Jan 17, 2016

Family Friendly Restaurants in Metro Detroit

Suburbia Mom shares her favorite family friendly restaurants in and around the D.

I chuckle when I think about our first dining experience with our baby.  He was only a few weeks old and we were craving sushi.   We went to Take Sushi in Rochester.  Take is not a fancy restaurant but it was strangely quiet this particular day.  We feared our baby would wake up and cry so we ate our food as fast as we could. Needless to say, we made it out without a peep.  Ever since our first dining experience, I ‘ve become much more confident and worry much less about making noise.    I think many of us would agree that dining with children can be stressful, but let’s face it, we all need to eat - and in reality most restaurants are child friendly.  We all are aware of the typical family friendly restaurants such as Leo’s Coney Island and the local diner down the road but If you’re like me, you want good food and beverage, a fun atmosphere, and most importantly - kid friendly.   Here is a list of my favorite kid friendly restaurants in and around the D.  Enjoy!

Crispelli’s  (Woodward & 12 Mile)
I love this place for their pizza and vegetarian panini.  The best part is they have two ways to order.  You can choose to be waited on or self-serve.  Whichever way you choose; you know you will have a good meal!

This place has it all! Bring the family and enjoy Sunday brunch and then some bowling. The atmosphere is uplifting and fun for the entire family.  Not to mention the food and drink is out of this world!

Rainforest Café (Auburn Hills)
If you have smaller children, you can’t get more kid friendly than the Rainforest Café.  It rains in the jungle and the children love to look at the alligator when you first enter.    This is located at Great Lakes Crossing which means mom and dad can do a little shopping also.  Or make a day out of it and go to Sea Life next door.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Royal Oak)
Who doesn’t love wings!?! Buffalo Wild Wings is super kid friendly.  We went before Zoo Boo this year and I think every table had a little goblin seated at it.  It’s located on Main Street so grab a coffee at Starbucks when you are done and walk downtown.

Red Knapps (Rochester Hills)
Keep it simple and enjoy a burger, fries and malt at Red Knapps Dairy Bar. This is your old school diner with the best malt around.  Seating is limited so plan to sit at the diary bar. 

Buddy’s Pizza (Detroit Made Pizza)
Detroit style pizza! If you haven’t been to Buddy’s now is the time.  Best known for their square pizza. Buddy’s is located all around the Metro Detroit area.  To name a few…Detroit, Dearborn, Warren, Rochester Hills, and Auburn Hills.  

Union Woodshop (Clarkston)
They call themselves “Small town BBQ” and they describe their mac n cheese as “legend”.  This is worth your drive and your child will beg to return for that mac n cheese.  If you’ve never visited downtown Clarkston, now is the time!

Who doesn’t like BBQ and better yet who doesn’t like it when kids eat for free!?! Every Sunday kids eat for free with a purchase of an adult meal.  Skip having to do dishes on a Sunday evening and grab dinner out!

Sagebrush Cantina (Lake Orion)
Fajitas and tacos on any given night are a hit in my family.  Sagebrush has a great reputation for good authentic Mexican cuisine.  If you’ve eaten here you know you can’t go wrong with Sagebrush for dinner.

Royal Oak Brewery (Royal Oak)
I think this picture says it all!  Yes, Royal Oak Brewery is very family friendly.  Oh and did I mention they have a great beer selection!?!

Royal Oak Brewery after visiting Arts Beats and Eats. 

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Meet Danielle Andresen- Danielle is mom to two young children and is enjoying this parenting journey with her husband Erik.  As a family they enjoy keeping  busy with the many different events happening in and around Detroit.  Whenever Danielle has a moment of solitude, she enjoys writing.  Check out Danielle at Suburbia Mom where she gives you a glimpse of life as a mom living in the suburbs of Detroit.  Also follow her on Twitter @suburia_mom where she shares those random moments during the day as a mom!

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