A Family Guide to Houston

A Growing Family’s Restaurant Guide

Where to take your brood, from tots to tweens

By Katharine Shilcutt August 3, 2014 Published in the August 2014 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Ruggles Green in CityCentre. Courtesy Ruggles Green

Tot Stops

Becks Prime

The Beck’s Prime in Memorial Park is perfectly sited near the Vale-Asche playground, one of the city’s Playgrounds Without Limits designed to accommodate kids with disabilities and children of all ability levels. 


Grab a complimentary soft-serve cone on the way out, after filling up on Mia’s excellent chicken tenders and hand-dipped corn dogs.

Mission Burrito

Head to the West Alabama location for a full-scale playground the kids can enjoy after building their own tacos, all while you sip margaritas in the shade.

Ruggles Green at CityCentre

Kids love the broad, grassy lawn at CityCentre, not to mention bites of healthy favorites like quinoa mac and cheese or spaghetti with turkey meatballs.

Box lunches at Picnic. Courtesy Picnic

Picnic Perfect


Hit up the massive salad bar and the prepared foods cases for finger foods you can take to Discovery Green, right next door.


It’s picnic express at this mainstay, which boasts a huge selection of ready-made picnic boxes. 

Niko Niko’s

The kid-friendliest outpost of this local establishment is at Market Square Park, where you can settle down to a delicious gyro or take it to-go and enjoy a Greek-style feast at one of downtown’s other nearby parks.

At Natachee’s, each kids meal comes in a retro lunchbox. Courtesy Natachee’s

Kid Heaven

Jenni’s Noodle House

Logan’s Menu offers 10 kid-friendly favorites, all under $5. Add extra veggies to your child’s meal free of charge. The Heights location also offers a patio and playground out back.

Jimmy Changa’s

The sprawling, Vegas-sized restaurant contains a massive playground your kids will love. Bonus: free soft-serve ice cream on the way out.

Las Ventanas

The kids menu here includes everything from enchiladas and quesadillas to PB&Js and burgers, plus a big outdoor playground (that occasionally even includes a bouncy castle).

Liberty Kitchen

Your kid’s burger, chicken, or grilled cheese comes on a cute cafeteria-style tray—and includes healthy sides like fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch

Each kids meal—whether it’s fish fingers or PB&J sliders—comes in a cute, retro lunchbox.

A custom burger from The Counter. Courtesy The Counter.


Amazón Grill

The reward for getting through a meal without fighting? Table-top s’mores. (Oh, and no other kids menu in town offers cotton candy as a side dish.)

Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe

The perfect elegant escape after a day of shopping with your girls, this Village cafe is hip and chic enough to ensure no eyes will be rolled—especially not once that Nutella crepe arrives.

The Counter

At this modern diner, kids can grab a spot of their own, build their own burger from scratch, and down one of the signature shakes (flavor favorites: banana split and birthday cake).

Skeeters Mesquite Grill

Kids can head to the corner arcade or indulge their inner cartoonist on the paper tablecloths while waiting for scrumptious burgers and fajitas.

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