Eating out with a toddler can be challenging to say the least. Here are my favorite Columbus restaurants to take Emily!
Taking a toddler out to eat isn’t the easiest thing to do. Who out there agrees with me?
Emily has a short attention span and waiting any amount of time for food when she’s hungry is painful for everyone involved. She doesn’t want to be confined to a high chair or have to sit for any length of time and let’s not forget how picky she can be. Sure she loves certain foods, but if she doesn’t want it at that time, forget about her eating it.
I find that eating out with Emily goes best if we go places which have three things: 1. booth seating, 2. quick food service and 3. entertainment and/or fun factor. All of the restaurants on this list hit at least two out of three of these requirements, making them our favorite places to take her out to eat!
I know a beer garden is probably not what you were thinking, but hear me out. As long as you’re not going late at night, this is a great place to take kids and here are three reasons why:
- Music – This means a.) Emily can dance along to the fun German tunes and b.) it’s loud enough so we don’t have to constantly tell Emily to “shhhh!”
- Large and Heavy Bench Seats – Emily can stand up without tipping the bench over and she isn’t confined to a high chair or individual seat.
- Family Nights – Once a month they host a family night with face painting, balloon animals, live entertainment and kids eat free. Check out their calendar of events for more details!
Did you know we have a peanut butter company located right here in Columbus?
They make a wide variety of nut butters, chocolates and candies, but that’s not all! They also sell a full line-up of gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
Emily loves PB + J and so do I. We went during the week and there was no one else there, which was perfect for her! The sandwich was large enough for us to split and it was really good! Even though Emily had to sit in a chair, the sandwich held her attention long enough for it to not be a problem! I definitely encourage a trip if your little one likes peanut butter like Emily does!
I know, you’re thinking “how original, Melissa!” but I’m not suggesting just any Panera, I’m suggesting the Panera at the Worthington Mall!
I like this location because there’s a playground inside the mall! This means we can make a full outing of lunch or dinner and is perfect in the colder winter months! They also have a small water fountain Emily loves to throw coins into. Every time we get near it Emily cries out “money, money!” haha. I sure hope this isn’t a sign of things to come…
I think most of you love Panera for the same reasons I do! Not only can I guarantee a healthy meal for Emily, but I can also get a real meal for me too! Emily’s personal favorite is the kids turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat with an apple. Did you know they’ll slice it up for you if you ask?
With three Columbus locations, you can’t be far from one of our favorite pizza place, Pies and Pints! Not only do they have fantastic pizza with lots of fun flavor combinations, but Emily loves it too!
They have something called a “kids plate” which is a little plate full of grilled chicken or pepperoni and pineapple, sliced grapes and shredded pizza cheese. It comes out immediately after you order, so there’s no wait time for the little ones – how fabulous, right? Emily can happily chow down, while standing in the booth and coloring while we wait for our pizza to come out.
By the time the pizza arrives, Emily is happy and mostly full and will nibble on bits of pizza, while we enjoy a few slices and maybe an adult beverage, wink 🙂 This makes for one happy family all the way around!
I wanted to try it forever and after our first trip we were hooked! We’ve been several times now and we usually split a smoothie and sometimes add in a toast if we’re extra hungry. I know that sounds super light to split a smoothie and toast, but we both leave full.
We’ve always had really quick service. Plus since most customers seem to take their orders to go, we can almost always get the large L-bench to sit at, which means Emily can walk up and down it, saying “hello!” to the customers coming and going.
My favorite smoothie so far is the PB+J, made with banana, strawberry, pb, maple syrup, flax seed and cashew milk. To keep the peanut butter theme going, our favorite toast is the The Classic, which is whole wheat toast with peanut butter (or almond butter) and topped with banana and strawberry slices.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun post about places to take youngsters around Columbus. I know some of them, like Hofbrauhaus or Zest Juice may not seem like the “usual” kids place, but we happen to love going there with Emily and maybe you will to!
What’s your favorite Columbus restaurant to take your little ones?