Skip the babysitter, bring the kids to eat with you.
R. House, a popular food emporium in the Remington neighborhood, is not just hopping with twenty-something foodies, it’s a hit with families as well. Order from one of the food stalls along the outer walls, grab a seat where you can, and let your kids make as much noise as they want. They’ll be in good company with the adults.
Peabody Heights Brewery
Yup, you read that right. On Friday nights, Peabody Heights‘ taproom transforms into a family-friendly happy hour, where you can feel comfortable enjoying a local brew and letting your kids make new friends. There are bookshelves, toys and even arcade games for them to play.
Red Canoe Cafe
If you’re up for a short drive, Red Canoe Cafe, a children’s bookstore and restaurant in the Lauraville neighborhood, is worth the effort. Come over for a healthy homemade meal, a welcoming place for the kids to play, or to add a new story to your home collection.
Sandlot, a waterfront open-air eatery, is the perfect blend of beer garden and sandbox. Bring a shovel and pail for the kids, order some nachos and a beer, and enjoy the ambiance at picnic tables overlooking the water.
Spike Gjerde, a James Beard Award-winning chef, isn’t kidding around when he says Woodberry Kitchen makes everything in-house. That philosophy extends to its multi-hued play dough, which is made on-site and colored with vegetable byproducts—such as beet skins or carrot tops—that give it its coloring. The kids’ menu comes with farm animal drawings (that little ones can color) and food items that aren’t run of the mill, including oven-roasted chicken and a small tavern steak.
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
Families won’t have to wait too long for a seat at this casual South Baltimore eatery. Mother’s Grille reserves an entire dining room for kids and their parents and opens up two other rooms during weekends and other busy times. Kids can also draw on white paper on the tables with their crayons while savoring the pasta, chicken tenders and hot dogs from the kids’ menu.
Kids under 10 get free pizza at this Canton establishment on Wednesday nights and the restaurant will accommodate dietary requests, such as gluten-free pizza, any night of the week. Verde indulges kids’ creativity by offering crayons at the table and chalk to draw on the sidewalks. Or they can play with pizza dough and watch the experts cook up a pie in the downstairs open kitchen.
Miss Shirley’s Cafe
When you get seated at this breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, little ones will get an activity mat with games and puzzles to keep them occupied throughout your meal. Plus the kids menu at Miss Shirley’s is a great deal—only $9 for an entrée and a healthy side.