Jennifer McClellan, The Republic | azcentral.com
The holidays are here. If that means dining out with the family, and that family includes kids, then this is the list for you.
These are restaurants where kids can be a bit loud, even run around, and people won’t give you sideways glances. Many of these spots have more than crayons and paper to entertain your kids. The best part? They have solid food and drink menus for adults, too. In other words, your own version of a happy meal.
A comfortable, nostalgic, family atmosphere awaits Phoenix diners at Camp Social, a first-of-its-kind restaurant concept in Phoenix. Grace Palmieri/azcentral.com
This camping-themed restaurant will delight kids and make parents feel like kids, too. Tire swings hang from the top of the bar, while a wooden canoe is suspended from the ceiling above the dining room. Skee-Ball, shuffleboard and an arcade game room add to the fun. Pizzas are named after national parks and follow the theme of each park. The expansive cocktail menu features drinks like “The Best Little S’More House in Phoenix,” made with vanilla vodka, Drambuie, chocolate, marshmallow and whipped cream.
Details: 6107 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-451-9915, campsocial.com.
The Perch Brewery and Pub
Details: 232 S. Wall St., Chandler. 480-773-7688, perchpubbrewery.com.
Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
The little ones get a ball of pizza dough to play with at the table until the Chicago-style pizza, pasta, wings or sandwiches arrive. Make a toast with an Italian Bellini, glass of wine or beer. Then order a deliciously gooey pizza cookie for dessert.
Details: 6738 W. Bell Road, Glendale. 623-223-1150. Valley-wide locations at oreganos.com.
Blue 32 Sports Grill
This family-friendly sports grill has a dedicated kids menu with choices like steak bites with mashed potatoes. The regular menu is a cut above your usual sports bar fare, with offerings such as blackened ahi or the wings and ribs sampler plate.
Details: 4845 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-284-6496. In Gilbert: 1524 E. Williams Field Road, 480-963-0032; and 6348 S. Higley Road, 480-248-7002. blue32sportsgrill.com.
Angry Crab Shack
Details: 7608 W. Cactus Road, Peoria. 480-739-2949. Valley-wide locations at angrycrabshack.com.
Culinary Dropout at The Yard, Farmer Arts District
During the day, take the kids to The Yard in Phoenix or Tempe and let them play on the large patio with games like beanbag-toss, ping pong and foosball. Kids, lovingly called “Little Monsters” on the menu, are offered dishes such as Parmesan buttered noodles and chicken tenders. Make sure mom and dad get an order of fondue pretzels and an Arizona-brewed beer.
Details: 5632 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-680-4040. Also, 149 W. Farmer Ave., Tempe. 480-240-1601. culinarydropout.com.
Luci’s at The Orchard
It pays to be the early bird at this restaurant, located at the fun dining and retail complex in central Phoenix called the Orchard. There’s a splash pad and plenty of open space for kids to run around outside. It starts to get crowded by 10 a.m., so get there early for breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, kids can get funky monkey French toast while parents get chilaquiles and a Bloody Mary. Luci’s also serves lunch and dinner.
Details: 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix. 602-633-2442, lucisorchard.com.
San Tan Flat
Details: 6185 W. Hunt Highway, Queen Creek. 480-882-2995, santanflat.com.