By Food Network
These restaurants are stepping up their family-friendly dining game by offering scratch-made kids’ menus that feature creative takes on the classics as well as approachable palate-expanding options, plus entertainment options galore and extra-friendly service. From bakeshops to brewpubs to bowling alleys, here are the spots you and your brood should check out in your home state or on your next family vacation.
Fork in Idaho
Though it’s housed in a centuries-old historic building in the heart of downtown Boise, Fork is a modern American eatery that’s become a local go-to for families. As parents of little ones themselves, owners Cameron and Amanda Lumsden know first-hand how hard it can be for parents to enjoy a night out, so they provide a small box filled with toys, crayons and coloring books to keep little ones engaged while they wait for entrees like spaghetti and meatballs and chicken fingers, served with a bowl of fruit or scoop of local Cloverleaf Creamery ice cream for dessert. Sharing is encouraged with fan-favorites like asparagus “fries” with ranch dipping sauce, and tomato-basil fondue served with garlic-basted grilled cheese squares, but for a true taste of the region, opt for the Idaho river trout served with grilled kale and roasted red pepper coulis and basil oil. Bonus: Fork welcomes dogs on the patio, pampering them with dog treats and water bowls.