We spent a very enjoyable vacation in Philadelphia and were fortunate to sample some great meals out in some very child-friendly restaurants during our stay. Here is my pick of 10 of the Best Family Friendly Restaurants Philadelphia has to offer:
#1. Honey’s Sit ‘N’ Eat
Honey’s Sit ‘N’ Eat is a great place for brunch with homestyle Southern food latkes, grits, challah French toast and drop biscuits with sausage gravy.
Be warned both locations, in Northern Liberties on 4th and Brown and on 2101 South Street are very popular so go early on weekends or be prepared to wait for a while (45 minutes in our case) for a table to be available. But the wait is worth it as the food is delicious and kids get free lemonade refills.
#2. Pizzeria Stella
Pizzeria Stella located in historic Society Hill on the corner of 2nd and Lombard Streets is a lovely place to take the kids with its central feature of a beautifully tiled woodfired oven.
With plenty of antipasti and a good variety of Neapolitan-style pizzas to please pickier eaters (Margherita and Pepperoni) and those with more adventurous tastes (try their Pistachio or Tartufo pizzas). The house-made gelato is a secret family recipe too and a delicious end to the meal.
#3. Sketch Burger
You’ll find delicious, inventive burgers at Sketch Burger 413 E. Girard Ave in Fishtown where you choose the type of burger meat you want (beef, kobe beef, turkey, veggie) and then the house sauce you want (from Harissa to vegan BBQ).
While waiting for their burgers, kids will enjoy drawing with construction paper, markers and crayons at every table. After the meal, you can hand over your artwork to join the collection that covers the walls, windows and tables.
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#4. Le Pain Quotidien
In 3 locations 8th & Walnut, Rittenhouse Row and The Granary, kids will enjoy Le Pain Quotidien with its fresh French style bread and pastries such as croissants and pain au chocolate. They also do soup, sandwiches and platters which are great for sharing.
For kids, there is Belgian Hot Chocolate and fresh made Lemonade and Mint Lemonade, while parents can enjoy a glass of organic wine or a craft beer if not sampling their wide variety of coffees and teas. There’s also a kids menu available and they do seasonal baking classes for kids so worth checking what’s on if you’re visiting during a holiday season.
#5. Philly Cheesesteak
No visit to Philadelphia is complete without trying Philly Cheesesteak. The key here is to tell the cashier what kind of cheese you want and whether or not you want fried onions.
Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s are the big guns competing for best cheesesteak title but here are the top 10 spots for authentic philly cheesesteaks.
And if you need a bit of help on how to order a Philly Cheesesteak this might help!
#6. City Tavern
To get into the real Philadelphia historical spirit, then make a foray to The City Tavern on 138 S 2nd St, a reconstructed Colonial tavern where servers in period dress deliver old-fashioned American fare.
While it is a bit touristy and the fare is fairly plain by modern palates, it is like going back in history and they do have an award-winning interpretation of an 18th century children’s menu with cornmeal crusted chicken tenders and meat & cheese pie, a sort of Colonial version of lasagne. So enjoy it for the experience and fun wait staff, rather than expecting a top gourmet meal.
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#7. Luke’s Lobster
We enjoyed lunch at Luke’s Lobster 130 S 17th St, near Rittenhouse Square, where you can get Maine-style lobster, crab or shrimp rolls with toasted buns, plus clam chowder.
If you buy a meal deal you can add a drink of your choice plus a packet of potato chips along with your choice of delicious seafood roll. It’s not fancy but kids will enjoy piling into benches to eat their seafood lunch.
#8. Lil’ Pop Shop
It’s well worth a detour to West Philly to Lil’ Pop Shop on 265 South 44th Street, where you’ll find unique ice pops hand-crafted in small batches in different flavours from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally-sourced ingredients.
Flavours include unusual combination such as Chocolate with Salted Caramel Brownies, Earl Grey with Black Pepper and Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk. We loved it so much we went back twice more to sample different flavours!
#9. Trolley Car Diner
The Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Avenue, was another hit during our visit. It’s an old-school diner serving breakfast and lunches next to a trolley car. Our youngest declared the lemonade to be the best she had tried and the french fries also got a bit thumbs up.
The kids’ menu features teddy bear pancakes; adults can choose more unusual dishes like pan seared calves liver and roasted veggie grinder, as well as the usual standard diner fare.
The comfy booths are kid-friendly and they also have half-price kids’ meals on Tuesday evenings as well as movie screenings on Saturdays during the summer.
#10. Earth Bread and Brewery
We loved Earth Bread and Brewery, 7136 Germantown Avenue. Not only are they eco-friendly and kid-friendly, the menu is filled with hearth-baked flatbreads, and they brew beer on-site. Our menus came stuck onto old children’s picture books, nice idea so that kids can read a book while you wait.
Flatbreads feature homemade mozzarella and range from simple tomato-and-cheese combos to tapenade-topped crusts. You can also get house-made sodas like sarsaparilla and ginger ale.
Over to you now! Where’s your favourite place to eat with kids in Philly? Share it with us in the comments below.