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Great Kid-friendly Local Restaurants in WNY

LLoyd Taco Factory, Step Out Bufflao

Lloyd Taco Factory / Step Out Buffalo

While being a parent can provide you indescribable joy, the demands of proper parenting can make it difficult to step out and enjoy Buffalo’s ever-expanding, locally-owned dining options.

To be fair, many places in Buffalo are very kid-friendly, welcoming guests of all ages. However, in a few of them, you may feel a bit out of place toting a little bundle of joy into a small dining room or leading a toddler through a maze of craft cocktail-sipping twentysomethings.

As a public service to parents who want to enjoy Buffalo’s local culinary delights and take their kids with them, we’ve put together a list of places where you should feel very comfortable bringing along your little one(s).

Keep in mind: we’re not telling you where you can and can’t take your kids; We’re just recommending a few local spots with the best odds of feeling comfortable and having a good dining experience with food and drinks for grown-ups. 

 

 

The Place

229 Lexington Ave, Buffalo

A Buffalo institution, The Place has a long history of feeding  Buffalo families, and the new owners appear more than happy to carry on that tradition. The big booths at The Place mean you can keep your toddler in check while not revealing the amount of food she or he has strew in a 6-foot radius. The Place also has modern contemporary fare as well as updates on Mad Men-era throwbacks like liver and onions (Mmm…)

Oh yeah, they also have Tom & Jerrys in the winter.

Kids Menu? Yes

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ yes

 

Pano’s Restaurant

1081 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo

Where else can you sit your child down for a great meal while pointing out the exact spot you passed out in the early hours of Thanksgiving Morning in 2001?

Yes, Pano’s is all growed up, and so are you (in theory). The place is now decked out with soft lighting, cushy booths and stained wood, a stark contrast from the brightly-lit horror show meant to keep your drunk ass awake long enough to wolf down some home fries.

In addition to “glory days” nostalgia, Pano’s also serves up great contemporary food done well…. very well. The venerable restaurant also recently started serving liquor, so mommy or daddy can responsibly enjoy a craft cocktail while misguidedly spilling tales of college-age debauchery.

Kids Menu? Yes

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ no

 

Lloyd Taco Factory

1503 Hertel Ave, Buffalo

Another restaurant that essentially got its start feeding the late-night drunken hordes, Lloyd Taco Factory is the ideal way to get your local fresh taco fix with the kiddos in tow.  Located on Hertel Avenue, you’re sure to run into at least a few other parents with their kids, allowing you to give the couple across the dining room a knowing look of support as they attempt to wrangle their littles.

Kids Menu? No

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ no

 

Pizza Plant

125 Main St, Buffalo and 7770 Transit Road, Williamsville  

What can you say about our beloved Pizza Plant that hasn’t already been said? If you’re a new parent, like me, you may have forgotten that the iconic local restaurants are very kid-friendly, but you probably didn’t forget about their wide range of gut-busting pizza pods and focus on craft beers – the latter being a major key if you still want to keep abreast of the latest beer trends.

Kids Menu? Yes

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ yes

 

 

Say Cheese! Pizza Co.

1771 Love Rd # 2, Grand Island

If your kids are into comic books or comic book movies, there isn’t a better place to take them out to eat than Say Cheese! on Grand Island.

From the game room to the life-sized statues of superheros to the comics mini-store in the back, your toddlers and tweens will be whirling dervishes in the throes of childhood ecstasy. The menu is mostly kid-centric foods, like pizza and chicken fingers, but there are some unique burgers and a good selection of local beer on tap.

Kids Menu? Yes

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ yes

 

42 North Brewery

25 Pine St, East Aurora

For some parents, a brewery might not be the first place that comes to mind when trying to think of kid-friendly places to eat. However, the 42 North Brewery is very kid-friendly, with lots of room and tons of toys and games. Just make sure you have designated a driver because drinking a few of those potent 42 North brews means mommy or daddy will most likely be taking a little nap on the ride home.

Kids Menu? “Kid-friendly options” available

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ yes

 

Pitch Bar

1216 South Park Ave, Buffalo

Owned by British ex-pats, this soccer / rugby bar looks to carry on the UK tradition of parents popping their kid down at the end of the bar for a lemonade and a packet of crisps. The food menu features fish and chips, meat pies, sausage and gourmet burgers — meat and potatoes grub for the mildly-adventurous child.

The Pitch Bar itself isn’t exactly outfitted with a ton of amenities for kids, but it does get extremely high marks for its regulation-sized soccer pitch out back. Bring a soccer or rugby ball and you might even find yourself getting a little exercise in.

Kids Menu? No

High chairs/ booster seats? No/ no

 

 

Gene McCarthy’s

73 Hamburg St, Buffalo

Neighborhood restaurants have years of experience welcoming families and Gene McCarthy’s is no exception. Families who live in the Old First Ward can often be seen grabbing burgers at Genie’s. While the brewpub might be a bit cramped for kids in the winter months, its patio during warm weather is a roomy enough to comfortably host small families.

Kids Menu? Yes

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ yes

 

Parkside Meadow (2 Russell St, Buffalo)

Located between North Buffalo and the Elmwood Village right by Delaware Park, the Parkside Meadow is a perfect central location for multiple families looking to meet up for lunch or dinner. It’s also a great place to stop after a trip to the zoo.

Owner Nancy Abramo is often there to welcome her guests and hold court at the bar – giving the place a cozy, close-knit neighborhood vibe. FYI the shaved lamb melt is one of the best sandwiches in the city.

Kids Menu? Yes

High chairs/ booster seats? Yes/ yes

 

Honorable Mentions: The Griffon Gastropub (Niagara Falls, Transit, & East Aurora), Ru’s Pierogi (Buffalo), EXPO (Buffalo), Dinosaur BBQ (Buffalo), Sophia’s (Buffalo), Lake Effect Dinner (Buffalo).

Know of a restaurant that you think is super kid-friendly and should be added to this list? Let us know at info@stepoutbuffalo.com!

 

 

 
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