DFW’s Summer Family Restaurants, 2017

Anyone living in DFW with kids can tell you that it’s harder to find fun, family-friendly restaurants than it is things to do.  Places where you can bring the family, meet up with friends, and spend part of an afternoon just sitting back and drinking a glass of sweet tea, long after you’ve finished your lunch, while the kids are kept busy without the use of anything electronic!  So, when I was asked to speak at an Early Childhood PTA about summer entertainment, I decided this was the perfect time to make a list of some of my favorite, kid-approved restaurants to share with them, along with things to do near each restaurant.    

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Photo courtesy of Clear Fork Food Trucks

1.  Fort Worth – Clear Fork Food Truck Park –  Open Wed. – Sun. 

Outdoor seating surrounded by approximately 6 food trucks, which change daily.  Work up an appetite with a walk along the Trinity Trail, which follows the Trinity River.  Start in Trinity Park, off University, and stop at the depot for a ride on the Forest Park Miniature Train.

2.  Arlington –  Arlington Improv in the Highlands  

Grab lunch at the Arlington Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant in the Highlands every Sunday at 2pm during the Kid’s Comedy and Magic show.

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3.  Grand Prairie –  Radial Café at the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport. 

While we all patiently await the opening of Epic Waters in November, head out to Lynn Creek Park on weekdays (so crowded on weekends that it’s not even fun).  Let the kids play on the playground and dig in the imported sand.  Afterwards, head over for lunch at Radial Café, where you can watch as the planes take off from while you eat!

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4. Irving –   Big State Fountain Grill

Enjoy a burger and ice cream in an authentic, and recently updated, 1950’s pharmacy and soda shop!  Walk off lunch at the FREE Fritz Park Petting Zoo, only open from June 1 – July 31st.

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5.  Dallas –   Dallas Grilled Cheese Company at Bishop Arts District. 

The best grilled cheese sandwich you’ll ever eat, besides your mother’s.  Afterwards, check out the murals scattered around Bishop Arts for some fun selfies with your kids!

Honorable Mention to Hunky’s Old Time Burger and Malt Shop in Bishop Arts

This fun, retro burger and malt shops will keep little ones happy!

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6.  Dallas –  The Lot and Hypnotic Emporium

Your kids will love the huge sandbox, and 3-rimmed basketball goal.  Afterwards, head north on Garland Rd. to Hypnotic Emporium, and old-fashioned ice cream shop next to Hypnotic Donuts.  Both are the perfect accompaniment to a day at the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.  Afterwards, catch a summer showing of Shakespeare in the Park.

Honorable Mention to Mudhens at the Dallas Farmers Market.  

Kids love the vegetables growing all around the restaurant.  The Market is fun to walk through, and go on a weekend when The Shed is open with produce brought in from local farmers.

12832532_1004605412944917_6633321943086652564_n[1]7.  Grapevine –  Big Daddy’s Ship Store on Grapevine Lake

DFW has such a shortage of good lakefront restaurants, compared to our other Texas cities, but Big Daddy’s is a fun place to eat, watch the boats and just relax!   Breakfast served Sat. and Sun. mornings.  Register early for Kid’s Surf Free Classes on an Endless Wave with DFW Surf.  They also have SUP Stand Up Paddleboard and kayak rentals, classes, birthday parties and much more.

8.  Burleson –   Moontower Pizza Bar (21 and over after 9pm)

Sit back on their HUGE patio in Old Town Burleson, and eat a great pizza!  The kids will love cheering when people try to eat The Full Moon, a 30” pizza!  Pirates Cove at Jellystone Park has expanded their park last year for even more rides and splashes!

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You won’t want to miss these incredible Garlic Knots at Sam’s Pizza.  Enjoy a morning hike at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, with FREE admission, then after lunch, head over to Hillside Village to let the kids play in the Splash Pad!

10.  Carrollton- Monkey King Noodle Company

This is the 2nd location of the Deep Ellum restaurant that offers authentic Northern Chinese fare.  Enjoy the big patio in the unique setting of Downtown Carrollton.  After dinner, visit the old Carrollton silos, now home to a climbing gym, where your monkeys can climb off their lunch!

And My Most Anticipated New Opening….

Cleburne –   The Cleburne Railroaders at the Depot at Cleburne Station

High on my list for Most Anticipated Summer Activities,  the Cleburne Railroaders are debuting this May as a new professional baseball team in Cleburne.  They have a new stadium, the Depot at Cleburne Station.  Grab some ballpark grub, bring blankets to sit in the outfield, and let the children play in Kid’s Zone on Right Field.  Before the game, visit the Imagination Station Children’s Museum.  Make a full weekend out of it by riding Amtrak’s Texas Eagle down, spending the night at the Historic Liberty hotel, and returning the next day.

Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun! 

Michelle 

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