It's a familiar scene for every parent: they're excited to go out for dinner with their family, pile everyone into the car, sit down at a table, and then the chaos begins. The kids want chocolate milk and dessert, or they want to go home, or they just don't seem super interested in eating dinner at all.
Parents know that sometimes kids are just picky eaters and it can be a phase that they're going through. Don't just think that going out to eat is out of the question, though. There are some great family restaurants that will appeal to everybody, however fussy they are.
When parents bring their picky eaters to a restaurant, it definitely needs to have a great kid's menu with things that children actually want to eat, and that's exactly what Chili's has. This kid's menu features grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and even pasta with chicken and cheese on it. These all sound delicious and perfect.
If kids are truly picky and only want pizza, they can order a cheese pizza here and everyone will be happy. No matter what your little one orders from the kids' menu, they get a side with it, too, along with a drink.
9 Olive Garden
For many families, going to Olive Garden is a great idea on special occasions... or just a Friday evening when no one wants to cook. There's no reason to miss out on the delicious food here just because your kids are picky eaters.
What's awesome about this restaurant is that the kid's menu will definitely appeal to kids with pickier palates. Kids can order pasta with tomato sauce, which is great news since many children ask for that at home. There is also pizza, cheese ravioli, mac and cheese, and chicken fingers and pasta. The whole family can dine at Olive Garden and have a nice evening together.
8 Boston Pizza
When a kid is a picky eater, they have strong ideas about what they like and don't like. Most of the time, they like meals that appeal to the majority of kids (and the rest of us, too): chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, and pizza.
That's why Boston Pizza is another perfect restaurant for kids who are picky eaters. Kids can get spaghetti, a quesadilla, chicken fingers, or a Pint-Sized Pizza. The menu has some fun features like Bugs 'n' Cheese (which is pasta that looks like bugs), which would make a lot of little ones smile.
7 Red Lobster
Red Lobster is another great restaurant for families who have some picky eaters. Children can order mac and cheese and chicken fingers, which they are never going to grow tired of ordering for dinner (and asking for at home a lot of the time, too).
The menu also features some seafood that is prepared in a way that would appeal to little ones. There is Golden-Fried Fish and Popcorn Shrimp, which would both be delicious choices... and will also be dishes that grown-ups would be pretty happy to eat for dinner.
6 California Pizza Kitchen
If a restaurant has the word "pizza" in the title then there is a really good chance that picky eaters will be pleased to dine there. California Pizza Kitchen has so many choices and kids will have fun deciding what they want on their pizza, which is most likely their favorite food.
Kids can get cheese pizza, pepperoni, Hawaiian, BBQ chicken, or a pizza with sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms. If kids want something other than pizza, this menu has got them covered there, too. They can get fusilli pasta with tomato sauce, olive oil, or butter, and they can get mac and cheese as well.
Families who have picky little ones can go to Friendly's knowing that there are many options for their kids there. There's Mac & Frank (a hot dog with mac and cheese), Friendly Frank (a hot dog with a side dish or Goldfish), Cheesywich (grilled cheese with a side dish or apples), and Friendly's Chicken Pops (chicken fingers and fries).
Kids will be excited to eat any one of these menu items and they will ask their parents to come back for dinner again soon. Doesn't a Cheesywich sound so good?!
4 Texas Roadhouse
Parents want their little ones to eat protein and it can sometimes be a struggle. Kids just aren't always as interested in chowing down on chicken and steak and fish as they are with a plate of, say, carbs (usually when covered in cheese).
That will all change when families bring their kids to Texas Roadhouse. This is a great place for picky eaters since they will be happy to eat the protein options on the kids' menu, like Lil' Dillo Steak Bites, Mini-Cheeseburgers, All-Beef Hot Dog, Jr. Chicken Tenders, and more.
3 Rainforest Café
Kids will be excited to eat dinner at a restaurant with such a fun name, and the restaurant offers up a really enjoyable experience. There are locations in several U.S. states such as New Jersey, Arizona, California, and Michigan.
The kids' menu features fun food with amazing names with animal themes such as Python Pasta and Gorilla Grilled Cheese Delight. Kids can also order Grilled Chicken or Poppin' Shrimp. What kid wouldn't want to order food with those kinds of names?!
2 Longhorn Steakhouse
Mac and cheese is not only food that all children like but it's also featured on all of the kids' menus on this list. Longhorn Steakhouse has Kraft's Macaroni and Cheese, along with Kid's Sirloin Steak, Chicken Tenders, and Grilled Chicken Tenders. Kids can also order a cheeseburger.
Of course, this is a restaurant known for steak, so parents can take their family here for dinner, order steak, and know that their little ones with picky palates will find something to eat as well.
1 The Cheesecake Factory
Flatbread Pizzas, Mini Corn Dogs, Southern Fried Chicken Sliders, Roadside Sliders, and Pasta are some of the great kids' menu items at the Cheesecake Factory. Not only will moms and dads want to order off the kids' menu because those sound amazing, but picky eaters will totally love it here. Kids will want everything on the kids' menu and will have a tough time deciding which meal to order.
When parents want to go out for dinner with their kids but don't want any arguments over what to order, these are 10 great places where they can rest assured that picky palates will be more than pleased.