You love this chain because kids don't fear carbs—and neither should you. Multiple locations.
5280 is experiencing a baby boom (four wee ones born in nine months!), which means we're more devoted than ever to scouting out eateries that offer something more than just a boring kids' menu (we can heat up chicken nuggets at home). Amerigo fits the bill with dishes like house-made linguine and crostini with goat cheese and pesto–updates on the pasta and sandwich standbys—that our kids dig as much as we do. Bonus: Nab a seat between 3 and 6 p.m. for BOGO glasses of wine—for the grown-ups.
multiple locations, redrobin.com
It takes a parent to understand the nuances of a truly kid-friendly spot. And the fact that Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno have two children is evident in the way their six-month-old Lou’s Food Bar seamlessly welcomes the short set. We spied malleable Wikki Stix to play with and crayons and coloring sheets; plus, entrées can be ordered as a half portion for half the price. No-brainers include spaghetti with meatballs or the roasted organic chicken. All this, while you’re enjoying house-made pâté, duck confit a l’orange, and a nice glass of Pinot Noir. So civilized.1851 W.