Kid-approved restaurants that adults can love, too

Kid-friendly doesn't have to mean adult-dulling. These local restaurants offer great food and a kid-friendly environment that's all grown up.

Updated: May 31, 2010


Birchwood Cafe

3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

This mostly organic and family-friendly restaurant in the Seward neighborhood has plenty of healthy and delicious kids? items even Mikey would like, including a 100-percent grass-fed beef hot dog. And for the true babes, Birchwood serves Sweet Cheeks baby food, made from 100 percent local and organic ingredients.

Town Talk Diner

2707 1/2 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

With a lively dining room and plenty of fare kids love---grilled cheese and burgers--this midtown Minneapolis joint also serves up adult-sized doses of fun, thanks to unique dishes and specials and "adult malts" full of boozy goodness.


4817 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Large tables, big booths and a festive atmosphere filled with families and lively, Mexican music make this family-owned restaurant a favorite for kids and moms and dads alike. Kids nosh on Mexican pizzas while the adults enjoy the margaritas, quesadillas and more.

Longfellow Grill

2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

The Longfellow isn't your typical neighborhood grill. No, this family-owned restaurant is an urban diner with all of the twists on the original, including a decor that's more metro than retro and a menu that's more fun than humdrum. And a kids? menu, a colorful vibe and lots of toys make it a family favorite.

Jax Cafe

1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Jax might be known as a Grade-A prime destination for its steak and old-school highball selections. But the Northeast mainstay is also a favorite for families and kids, offering up a meaty and veggie-filled menu for the tykes that even the adults love.

The Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55104

Home of the "Blucy Lucy," this bustling little St. Paul restaurant provides a homey, lively atmosphere and dishes kids and adults love. The restaurant also serves lots of craft brews, making it a hot spot for moms and dads, too.