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Fun Restaurants in Atlanta for Kids

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Atlanta is a Foodie’s Paradise these days! But as most parents know, not every restaurant caters to children. With that in mind, here is a list of some of fun restaurants in Atlanta for kids, all of which are within a short walking distance from many of the city’s attractions (The Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca Cola, The Children’s Museum, and the CNN Center).

Breakfast, Lunch or Sweet Treats

Corner Bakery

I love Corner Bakery for its cookies, brownies and cakes, but they also offer great options for quick, healthy breakfasts like egg sandwiches, oatmeal bowls and fruit and yogurt bowls. For lunch, there’s a wide variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. If you’re looking for healthy options, this is a good place to go.

Lunch or Dinner

Hard Rock Café

It may be considered a little touristy for some, but if you seek a place where your kids are guaranteed to find something they like to eat, the kids’ menu at the Hard Rock Café will please even the pickiest of eaters. Reliably good and generous portions of kids’ favorites like burgers, nachos, chicken tenders, pasta with red sauce, and mac and cheese. As well, parents can enjoy a “peaceful” meal while the kids are transfixed by all of the music memorabilia.

Johnny Rockets

I don’t know what my kids like the best: the milkshakes, the hamburgers, the silly hats, or the tableside juke boxes. Johnny Rockets is FUN!! Located just across the street from the Georgia Aquarium, Johnny Rockets is a great place to re-fuel after a day at the aquarium. At this location, they are open for lunch and dinner.

Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria

Our family is kind of picky about pizza, but Max’s is on our “Good List.” Not only do they have tasty pizza, but the servers will give pizza dough  to our kids to play with while our food is being prepared. Then they’ll bake it while we eat and we can take home their creations. They are open for lunch and dinner, and take-out is also an option, maybe for a dinner alfresco in Centennial Olympic Park.

For a Fun Dinner Experience

Trader Vic’s

This historic gem is one of the restaurants in Hilton Atlanta and is still a fun destination.  I enjoyed Trader Vic’s in my single days, but wasn’t sure if they would be receptive to children. They are!

The Keiki Menu (kids’ menu) is generous and offers a variety of kid friendly choices. My daughter and her friend felt transported to the islands by the décor, and loved how our server Linda doted on them. While my husband and I enjoyed our Mai Tais, the girls were treated to mango smoothies which they slurped down in a hurry. We were a little disappointed that the Pu-Pu Platter is now called something different (Cosmo Tidbits for Two), but the Bananas Foster for the dessert “spectacle” captivated our keikis! My banana-hating daughter forgot what she was eating and thoroughly enjoyed the fiery dessert.

Atlanta Hilton Trader Vic's Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster is made table side at Trader Vic’s.

So the next time your family is visiting Atlanta, you’ll have a list of restaurants you know will be happy to accommodate you and your kids. Bon Appétit!

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Erin is a native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995. Her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls and two cats.

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