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Going out to eat is a whole different experience 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 appeals to your kids. Finding a restaurant the whole family will love is even harder when you are traveling. Fort Worth, Texas is a very family-oriented city and has some great kid-friendly restaurants. Here are the 5 best family-friendly restaurants in Fort Worth. (Updated July 6, 2021)
1. Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom is an awesome pizza place located in the heart of Fort Worth. You will find it 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. The great thing about Mellow Mushroom is that no one will notice if you kids get loud and silly during your meal!
This is such a fun kid-friendly restaurant that we have gone here multiple times with my son’s baseball team. They all love eating at Mellow Mushroom.
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!
And like every great family-friendly restaurant, they have a kids’ menu and give out crayons and activity sheets to kids upon arrival.
2. Babe’s Fried Chicken
The next eatery on our list of the best family-friendly restaurants in Fort Worth is Babe’s. This is a Fort Worth area chain with several locations. The original one is in Roanoke, a small town just north of Fort Worth. There are also locations in Arlington and Burleson, which are both suburbs of Fort Worth.
Because of the setup of the restaurant, this is a great option for large groups. Most of the tables are pushed together in long lines, almost in a communal style. So, there is always plenty of room if you have a larger family.
Babe’s is one of those places where you want to go when you are starving. Not only is it delicious, but you will get a ton of food! 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.
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.
Babe’s is comfort food at its finest. It feels like being at grandma’s house for Sunday dinner.
The restaurant has a playful vibe and kid-friendly decor. At various points, the servers stop and do the hokey pokey and other childhood dances. It’s a fun place for families. This is another place where it’s ok if your kids get loud during dinner.
3. Riscky’s BBQ
The next place on our list of the best family-friendly restaurants in Fort Worth is my favorite place to eat in the entire city.
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 at Riscky’s 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 local who hasn’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. This is the perfect place to meet up with friends and hang out for a while.
The menu features tacos, nachos, burritos, and other Tex-Mex staples. They offer a breakfast menu as well as lunch and dinner options too. You will also find a selection of beer on tap and margaritas if you want to relax with a drink at the end of your day.
And, the prices here are pretty low, which is great when feeding a family.
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.
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.
Your kids will love the shakes on the menu, while the adults in your party will appreciate the food. They serve classic dishes you would expect to find at a burger joint.
Fort Worth is a very kid-friendly city. It is really easy to find great places to eat with your kids here. These are the five best family-friendly restaurants in Fort Worth. They all have kid-approved food, laid-back atmospheres, and are great places to meet up with friends who have kids. Enjoy hanging out and eating during your time in Fort Worth!
For ideas on what to do in Fort Worth, see experiencing Fort Worth with kids, and our review of the Fort Worth Zoo.
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