Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City
Restaurants the whole family will love.
Are your kids sending you into a food rut? Have you hit the chicken nugget wall? Are you scared to try a new place because your kids might go into whine overdrive and who needs that drama? Never fear, parents, because we have a list that will help make dining out with your kids more pleasurable.
Loud and Lively
☆☆☆☆☆ | (Three local locations – the Country Club Plaza, Olathe and Overland Park) | chuys.com
If you’ve got a baby that howls or a toddler that’s working on his or her inside voice, Chuy’s should be your hang. The three restaurant locations in the metro are usually crowded with the boisterous hum of families getting their Tex-Mex on. From the bright primary color-infused décor that features painted wooden fish descending from the ceiling like a child’s crib mobile gone rogue to walls stuffed with eclectic art, it’s a visual cornucopia with a side of Mexican food. The kid’s menu ranges from quesadillas and mini burritos to the standby chicken nugget meal. For adults, the frozen margaritas are the best in town (try the classic swirl) and the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo of enchiladas and tacos will leave you singing “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.”
Doesn’t Involve an Animatronic Animal
☆☆☆☆ | 6921 Tomahawk Rd, Prairie Village, KS | minskys.com
Minsky’s has 17 locations in the KC Metro, but Prairie Village is always on point. Their pizza is hot and cheesy, with the perfect amount of zesty sauce and fresh toppings and they have a sizable gluten-free menu. Parent bonus #1 there’s a full bar. Parent Bonus #2 each table is covered with white butcher paper and oodles of crayons, perfect for the aspiring artist in your family or a rousing game of tic-tac-toe while you wait on your food. On some weekend nights, a roaming magician can appear. Be sure to check out their special on Mini Mondays (dine-in only) kids 12 and under get a free mini cheese pizza with the purchase of an adult meal. (Two children per adult.)
Tay’s Burger Shack
Upgrade the Happy Meal
☆☆☆☆ | 019 Armour Rd. North. Kansas City, MO
If you want the best burger in town, head north of the river to Tay’s Burger Shack. Its atmosphere is unassuming, but that translates to you don’t have to worry about kids being, well, kids. Plus, getting your mouth around a 100% grass fed organic burger, or a Nathan’s hotdog, with a side of hand cut fries is pure bliss. This tiny burger joint won’t break your budget either. Make sure to ask for their Sriracha ketchup and mayo if you like it hot.
Kyoto Sushi & Steakhouse
Table Manners with a Twist
☆☆☆☆ | 6792 West 135th St, Overland Park, KS | kyotokc.com
Craving Japanese food? At Kyoto, you can let your kids catch food in their mouths. Whether you reserve one of the four Teppanyaki dining tables or sit at the sushi bar, where you can find fresh food, great service and state of the art hibachi entertainment.
Chicken N Pickle
Rambunctious Kids Welcome
☆☆☆☆☆ | 1761 N. Burlington St., North Kansas City, MO | chickennpickle.com
With four indoor and four outdoor pickleball courts this is the place where your children can eat and play. The kid’s menu is limited to burgers, quesadillas, and chicken strips but it’s all $5 or under so no complaints here. The adult menu is where the yum is at. From wood-fired rotisserie chicken, with several unique dipping sauces (try the honey brew barbeque sauce and mango habanero chutney) to a burnt end sandwich that delivers on flavor it’s a menu that makes you happy. This casual restaurant also has an impressive offering of craft beer on tap, a few house wines, and many specialty drinks.
Go Ahead Kids, Write on the Walls with a Sharpie
☆☆☆☆ | Two locations at 7218 College Blvd and 7940 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS | eatatshack.com
What’s not to like about a restaurant that encourages your kids to write on the walls? Add in a menu that is not just kid friendly but feels like something Willy Wonka would love from s’mores waffles that are adorned with Golden Grahams cereal, marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate syrup to a pancake smothered in chocolate chips, bacon, bananas and peanut butter drizzle. There are also healthy options for adults like a Brussels sprouts and egg white omelet that probably tastes a whole lot better when washed down with one of the Shack’s boozy 21 and older smoothies.
BRGR Kitchen + Bar
Power & Light District Dining Made Easy
☆☆☆☆☆ | 11 E. 14thSt, Kansas City, MO | brgrkitchen.com
Trying to squeeze in some dinner with kids before a concert or game at the Sprint Center? Your best bet in the Power and Light district is BRGR. Not only is the kid’s menu geared to the pickiest of eaters, but the adult foodies will be pleased with a broad menu and full bar. Order the trio of fries, tots and onion rings to keep everyone at the table happy. If you’re pre-dining before an event at the Sprint Center get a reservation on the Open Table app and beat the wait.
The Pizza Man
Make This a New Family Favorite
☆☆☆☆ | 10212 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS
The Pizza Man is an authentic Chicago-style pizza and hotdog shop, but unless you live in Lenexa, you’ve most likely never heard of it – but with the traditional thin crispy crust, and the cheese and toppings falling over the edges, this place is “da winnah.” The Chicago dogs are Vienna beef garnished with mustard, sport pepper relish, tomato, onion, a pickle spear and some celery salt, buried on a poppy seed bun. Of course, you can dress your dog as you want, but we suggest you stick with the traditional.
Hurts Donut Company
Doughnuts for Dinner (because why not?)
☆☆☆☆ | 8809 Stateline, KC, MO | wannahurts.com
Walking through the door you’re blasted with a delightful sensory overload. Not only are their treats the stuff of sugar fantasies, but there are over 70 varieties of super-sized doughnuts. From cotton candy to Fruity Pebbles to an Andes Mint favorite, your only problem is picking which one you want. Hurts Donut also wins the title of most convenient. It’s open 24 hours. If you want to feel extra, ask about their creepy clown donut delivery service.