Dining out with children can be a challenge. Kids are often picky eaters and have a hard time sitting still most of the time. However, here are four Arizona restaurants that cater to even the littlest diners with wonderful kid-approved menus and attention getters.
Joe’s Farm Grill This Gilbert-area restaurant offers eats that kids love, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Joe’s Farm Grill dishes up divine pancakes, apple cider-smoked bacon, delish grilled cheese served on Texas toast, natural chicken tenders, kid-size pizzas and more. Plus, Joe’s Farm Grill has some of the Valley’s best milkshakes to satisfy a kid’s sweet tooth. There is also plenty of room for children to unleash their energy, as most of the dining space is outdoors, under tall trees and among picnic tables. www.joesfarmgrill.com.
Organ Stop Pizza Kids love pizza and that is the name of the game at Mesa’s Organ Stop Pizza. Diners can choose from a variety of combo pizzas or make their own with a variety of toppings. Appetizers include mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms and garlic bread. There is also a variety of pastas, sandwiches and a salad bar. While dining, kids and their families are entertained by tunes from the Wurlitzer organ. The impressive instrument is powered by three turbine blowers, and it has more than 5,500 pipes. www.organstoppizza.com.
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse Chandler’s Rawhide is a favorite among kids and their parents. The steakhouse offers a selection of top-notch and hearty meat dishes as well as chili-cornbread muffins and homemade pickles. A live band often entertains in the dining room, encouraging families to get up and dance. Before or after dinner, families are invited to wander the fun 1880’s-style western town, watch Wild West-inspired shows and pop in the fun shops. For an even more unique, fun family event, try the Sundown Cookouts on Saturday evenings. The cookout is rounded out with a wagon ride, a marshmallow roast, entertainment from a western band and more. www.rawhide.com.
Mining Camp Restaurant Since 1961, Apache Junction’s Mining Camp Restaurant has been dishing up traditional and hearty feasts to Valley families. Kids will feel as if they’ve been transported back in time in the authentic Wild West atmosphere at the base of the Superstition Mountains in the far East Valley. The family-style menu offers plenty of kid favorites like roast chicken, oven-baked ham, ribs, baked beans, potatoes and plenty more. And they are most definitely going to gobble up the fresh-baked raisin bread. www.miningcamprestaurant.com.