DFW’s Summer Family Restaurants 2019
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.
1. Fort Worth – Funky Town Donuts and Drafts
Your kids will love these fun donuts, with flavors that change each week! They also sell a small selection of beer, in case you’re thirsty at 8am! It’s a great stop in the morning if you’re heading to the Fort Worth Zoo, Museum of Science and History or Log Cabin Village! Click HERE to visit their website.
2. Arlington – Red Claws Crab Shack
We love this casual seafood restaurant in South Arlington, close to Alleycats Arcade. Click HERE for more information.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!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.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!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.
7. Grapevine – Rockin’ S Bar and Grill on Grapevine Lake
DFW has such a shortage of good lakefront restaurants, compared to our other Texas cities, but the Rockin’ S Bar and Grill is a fun place to eat, watch the boats and just relax!
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!
9. Cedar Hill – Sam’s Pizza and Pasta
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. Hula Hut – Little Elm
Your crew will have a blast at this fun restaurant on Lake Lewisville! Spend the day playing at the FREE Little Elm Beach Park or on the inflatables at Hydrous Waterpark next door, then head over for dinner! Make a late night of it with a movie at the Coyote Drive In in Lewisville!
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