DFW’s Summer Family Restaurants 2020

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 – Gemelle Italian Restaurant 

The newest Tim Love Restaurant, just opened in Summer 2019, bring amazing food and a garden with games to North Fort Worth!  Kids will love the corn hole and bocce ball!  No kids menu but they will love the Margarita pizza!


Image Courtesy of Radial Cafe

2.  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!


Photo Courtesy of Big State Fountain Grill

3. 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.


Image Courtesy of Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

4.  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!


Image Courtesy of The Lot Dallas

5.  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.


6. 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 Ship Store is a fun place to eat, watch the boats, let the kids feed the ducks and just relax!

7.  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!


8. 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!

hula hut9.  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!    

10.  Arlington –  The Tipsy Oak

We just love this fun restaurant in Arlington with a big patio, great food and drinks!

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