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Going out to eat takes on a whole different meaning when you have kids! It’s not enough to pick a place with a nice atmosphere and good food. You also have to make sure it has a menu pleasing to young taste buds and has something to capture the attention of your children. Fort Worth, Texas is a very family-oriented city and has some great kid-friendly restaurants that offer delicious food that appeals to adults and kids alike. This is my list of the 5 best places to eat in Fort Worth with kids. (Updated July 25, 2019)
1. Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom is an awesome pizza place located on Bluebonnet Circle just down the street from TCU. It is funky, loud, and a great place to go with kids. On any given night, you will find an eclectic mix of college students and families in the restaurant. No one in Mellow Mushroom will notice if you kids get loud and silly! I have been in here before multiple times with my son’s baseball team and the staff was just as great as when I go with my family of three. The pizza and pretzels here are delicious! The only negative thing about eating here is that it takes about 45 minutes to an hour after ordering to get your pizza. It is worth the wait, but make sure you are prepared! They do have a kids’ menu and give out crayons and activity sheets to kids.
2. Babe’s Fried Chicken
Babe’s is a Fort Worth area chain with several locations. The original one is in Roanoke, just north of Fort Worth. Because of the setup of the restaurant, this is a great option for large groups. Babe’s is where you want to go when you are starving. There is no menu here. Instead, you choose your meat, and then all of their standard side dishes are brought out family style. You can choose from fried chicken and a couple other meat options. The side dishes are all you can eat. The meat is served in extra large portions. You will definitely walk away stuffed to the gills. Everything they have is delicious! It is comfort food at its finest. The restaurant has a playful vibe and kid-friendly decor. At various points, the servers will do the hokey pokey and other childhood dances. It’s a fun place for families.
3. Riscky’s BBQ
Riscky’s BBQ is a Fort Worth tradition. It is a family run business that has been around since 1927. And, let me tell you, they know their BBQ! There are 8 Riscky’s locations scattered around Fort Worth, including one in downtown and one in the famous Stockyards. In addition to traditional BBQ, the menu also features steaks, chicken fried steak, burgers, tacos, and salads. Their kids’ menu includes childhood favorites, such as mac-and-cheese, burgers, corn dogs, and chicken strips. The decor is pure Texas. Your kids will enjoy looking at all of the cowboy pieces displayed throughout the restaurants including the collection of taxidermy heads mounted on the walls. Riscky’s is exactly what you think of when you think Texas BBQ joint. For exact locations and more info, check out their website.
4. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is another Fort Worth tradition. You will be hard pressed to find any Fort Worth locals who haven’t been to Fuzzy’s at least once. There are several locations around the city, including one just a stone’s throw from the TCU campus. These small eateries are laid back, colorful, and come-as-you-are places that make them ideal at any time of day. Kids will feel as comfortable here as adults do. The menu features tacos, nachos, burritos, and other Tex-Mex staples. And, the prices here are pretty low, which is great when feeding a family. They offer a breakfast menu as well as lunch and dinner options too. And they have a selection of beer on tap and margaritas if you want to relax with a drink at the end of your day.
Dutch’s is a local restaurant located across the street from TCU. You will always find families with kids in here, even though the restaurant is geared towards college students. They have large tables so families can meet up with friends here very easily. Your kids will love the shakes on the menu, while the adults in your party will appreciate the food. Eating at Dutch’s always makes me feel like I am back in college, even though I have my son with me. It is a great place to grab a bite before or after a TCU game.
Fort Worth is a very kid-friendly city. These five restaurants are the best places to eat in Fort Worth with kids. They all have kid-approved food, laid-back atmospheres, and are great places to meet up with friends who have kids. I hope you enjoy eating at some of my favorite kid-friendly restaurants in Fort Worth. For ideas on what to do in Fort Worth, see experiencing Fort Worth with kids, and my review of the Fort Worth Zoo. Happy travels!