After being cooped up for months, most parents are admittedly in a bit of a food rut. This summer, these kid-friendly Seattle restaurants can help you escape home cooking with takeout, and some will be offering the luxury of dine-in service, too. (Check the website or call for the most up-to-date information.)
If you’re craving something savory, like shrimp and grits (or red beans and rice, or catfish, or a fried-green-tomato sandwich), or a mix of sweet and salty, like fried chicken and waffles, you’re in luck for dinner or brunch at this Seattle Southern favorite. Kids love the fabulous mac and cheese and fried fruit pies for dessert. Highlight: The honey butter chicken biscuit sandwich. 2726 E. Cherry St.
(West Seattle, Lake City Way, Burien)
The pub fare for grownups — rotating chili specials, the tempura fish and chips, and the burgers — is outstanding, and the kids’ menu is about as extensive as I’ve seen, including chicken tenders as well as the fancier grilled chicken with sautéed veggies. (Extra perk: In a brewpub, no one can hear your kid screech.)
Cantonese dumplings hold a special place in many kids’ hearts, and House of Hong will give them a great sampling of the time-honored tradition of weekend dim sum, now available for takeout and delivery. 409 8th Ave. S.
(Mount Baker, Admiral District, Ravenna, Mercer Island)
My husband and I are East Coast transplants — and visited Naples last year — so we have all sorts of haughty assumptions about pizza. Mioposto is doing a great job, both with feeding the kids and keeping the pizza real. (Noteworthy: the beet, feta and orange salad, and curbside cocktails to go.)
With shakes for kids and beers for grownups, it’s a burger place you won’t tire of quickly. Highlights include all the burgers, with toppings ranging from plain to the usual lettuce-tomato-onion to the fancy, like blue cheese and caramelized onions. There are a few non-bovine standouts, namely the Buffalo chicken sandwich, quinoa bowls and the rockfish sandwich. 4302 Fremont Ave. N.
A mother-daughter team presents soul food with stellar menu items like fish and cheese grits, hush puppies, black-eyed pea dip, oxtails with rice and a variety of po’ boy sandwiches. (Pickier kids love the mac and cheese and cornbread.) 5016 Rainier Ave. S.
A great adult restaurant you can also take little ones to. Our gourmet child’s favorites have included chirashi don (sashimi on rice), takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings) and grilled baby octopus on a stick, while the fussy one sticks happily with other izakaya fare like yakitori (grilled chicken on a skewer), JFC (Japanese fried chicken) and gyoza. 1618 N. 45th St.
For more ideas on family-friendly restaurants, check out Summer 2020: Places to go, things to do as Seattle reopens.