Knowing your child is the most important, in our opinion. There are some kids you just can’t take out. We get it. But we also know there’s kids that can be trained and exposed to that side of life that can nail it just as well. Before, I mentioned the time limit. It took us two dinner visits to figure out Chloe’s signs of the end: trying to grab anything besides what’s in front of her, throwing a crayon in front of her, or not scarring down her food anymore. Simple signs that your toddler may go Godzilla on you at any moment. Figuring out the signs will help you determine a timeframe of what is average for you while out. Try heading out earlier like 5:30pm in exchange for the old 7:30 pm date time.
I grew up with my parents taking me out to restaurants all the time. It has been part of my life for as long as I can remember! Beau and I knew that by taking Chloe out and about it would expose her to different foods, interact with all types of people, stimulate her senses, and teach her how to develop manners and etiquette. And yes, we still have to try several times for her to try more veggies!
We haven’t hit up every restaurant, but we can tell you the ones we have been at that have highchairs, crayons, and changing tables in the restrooms. This list focuses on where you still can have a date night and not have to go to something you usually consider ‘kid-friendly’.
Read on to see some places we’ve taken the baby in WNY and what Chloe likes to eat there:
Sonny Red’s: snacks, French fries, and meatballs.
Yoshi: fried rice, all the way.
Jack Devine’s: chicken fingers and Daddy’s French fries, if lucky.
The Griffon (all locations): grilled cheese
Fresh Catch: anything we order- loves the rice, cucumbers, and pineapple.
Lloyd Factory Williamsville: any innards of burritos and tacos, cut up crack-ed potatoes.
The Grange: brisket…yes, you read that right. And the pita.
Juicy: chicken fingers and sneaking Daddy’s fries.
Prima Oliva: anything out of our bowls- blackberries, tomatoes, mushrooms, and avocado. Also drinks the Hydration Twist juice.
Poppyseed: chicken souvlaki.
Panorama on 7: sweet corn bisque, sweet potato mash, and anything off Daddy’s plate.
Eckl’s (both locations): mainly snacks that were packed and sometimes will try what’s on our plates.
Swan Street Diner: the whole menu.
Elm St. Bakery: any of the pizzas, bakery items, and mac n cheese.
Zambistro: chicken fingers.
New York Beer Project: seems to like those pretzels!
Deep South Taco (all locations): chips and salsa, smoked cheddar quesadilla, and packed snacks.
Roost: whatever is lookin’ good during seasonal menu change.
100 Acres Kitchen at Hotel Henry: anything carb-based and off our plates.
Squeeze Juicery: pretty in pink smoothie and any fruit-based bowl.
Pasquale’s: ham & cheese with French fries; bread obviously!
Homegrown Bistro: waffles!
Curly’s: anything on our plates!