Family Friendly Dining Spots at Your Service!

Tanji at The Barn Door

Easing back into the ‘fall routine’ isn’t always so easy — even more difficult in the Houston area! As far as dinner during the week is concerned, if you’re not cooking, we’ve got you covered! Browse our shortlist of ideas for some of the best “family friendly” restaurants in Houston (those listed below are open), San Antonio, Austin & the Hill Country. Of course, there are many more out there…these are just to get ya started. 🙂

Enjoy, and let us know if we’re missing your favorite place to break bread with the fam!



Maclane's 60/40 Cheeseburger

Maclane’s Cafe 60/40 Cheeseburger


Maclane’s Cafe

6395 Woodway Drive
Houston, Texas 77057

The “next generation” of Masraff’s can be found at it’s laid back little sister, Maclane’s Cafe. Named after owner Russell Masraff’s daughter, it’s a down home southern spot with something for everyone from meal-size salads and juicy burgers to craveable’s like the Philly Cheesesteak (authentic as they come!) to Carter’s St. Louis BBQ Ribs.


State Fare – Kitchen & Bar

947 Gessner b190
Houston, Texas 77024

The kind of comfort food classics you enjoyed as a kid. Translation: YOUR kids will love this place! Over 70 menu items to choose from, 41 craft beers on tap, wine, cocktails, Happy Hour 3-6 Monday-Friday, plus weekend brunch.


The Republic Grille

4775 W. Panther Creek, Suite 490
The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week at this eclectic eatery influenced by the Texas Hill Country, residing in The Woodlands. Old photos, memorabilia and other historical items line the walls, rustic furnishings — the works!


The Breakfast Klub

3711 Travis St.
Houston, Texas 77002

“The best breakfast in Houston, located in Midtown.” This is soulful southern fare complete with a smile! Allow us to brag for this bunch with accolades from Good Morning America, USA Today and Esquire to name a few. 😉


Hungry's brunch

Hungry’s Croissant French Toast



Multiple Locations

You can usually trust a spot that’s been around a long time — Hungry’s is no exception. 40+ years of serving Houston with a diverse array of menu options featuring international cuisine, among them Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Brunch is also fab!



Multiple Locations

Fresh, farm-to-table ingredients yield flavors without borders at benjy’s! The menu is easy and accessible, the plates small and large. Hit Happy Hour Monday-Saturday from 4 to 7 for $3 craft beers, $5 wines by the glass, $6 cocktails and their popular $9 beer & burger option!


Bernie’s Burger Bus

Multiple Locations

Class is in session with gut-busting burgers, house-made condiments and hand-cut fries from Chef/Owner Justin Turner — aka The Principal! With three locations around town, you can always catch the bus!


Jax Grill

Multiple Locations

Simple, southern and all made from scratch! The atmosphere is laid back, lively and kid friendly with a fun “No Adults Allowed” menu for children under 12 that includes the T-Rex Cheeseburger and Scooby Doo Grilled Cheese. 🙂


Willie’s Grill & Icehouse

Multiple Locations — Houston, San Antonio & Hill Country areas

Keep the kiddos are entertained with classic arcade games and the sandbox, while you kick back with ice cold beer and casual Texas eats on the patio! Sounds like a win/win to us!


San Antonio

Mi Tierra’s Enchiladas de Pollo en Mole


Mi Tierra – Cafe y Panaderia

218 Produce Row
San Antonio, Texas 78207

A city landmark; open 24/7 & known for their family recipe Tex Mex, traditional margaritas, mariachis and famous American Dream mural! Four generations of the Cortez family have managed Mi Tierra, from a three-table cafe in 1941 to present day!


Barn Door – Restaurant & Meat Market

8400 N. New Braunfels Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78209

This iconic family establishment in Alamo Heights — home-cooked meals with a side of southern hospitality. Steaks, seafood, mouthwatering desserts and more! We also have the recipe for that creamy Garlic Salad Dressing they’ve made famous…


The Cove

606 W. Cypress St.
San Antonio, Texas 78212

There’s a lot to covet at The Cove! This glorified spot for “sol” food (sustainable/ organic/ local) is also part Texas beer garden (with over 50 Texas beers on tap), live music venue, laundromat and car wash! If it’s your first time, get the Fish Tacos — some of my favorite around!


Magnolia Pancake Haus

Multiple Locations

Don’t be surprised to see lines out the door on any given day of the week. Magnolia claims to have the ‘World’s Best Buttermilk Pancakes’ but there’s one recipe I waited some 15 years to get, their authentic Apfel Pfannekuchen, an out-of-this-world puffed pancake from the Old World!


Rudy’s Bar-B-Q *Original Location*

24152 I-10
San Antonio, Texas 78257

No doubt you’re familiar with the self-proclaimed “worst bar-b-q in Texas”…right? Find all the familiar fixings like brisket, smoked turkey and sausage links, along with killer sides like the Creamed Corn — a carefully guarded secret it’s so good!


Fralo's Marghererita Pizza

Fralo’s Marghererita Pizza



23651 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78257

Learn the art of the pizza at Fralo’s! This haven for hand tossed pizzas and homemade pastas is pet friendly, and a prime spot to catch live music on the patio. Happy Hour everyday 3-6pm.


Big’z Burger Joint

Multiple Locations

Big mouth burgers galore — what’d you expect?! Outdoor seating, cafeteria-style tables and a play place for the little ones add to the overall “picnic” vibe we can easily get behind!


Stone Werks – Big Rock Grille

Multiple Locations

An All-American menu LOADED with over 100 items to choose from. “Let’s meet at Stone Werks!” is a popular phrase you’ll hear time and time again in the Alamo City!


Down on Grayson

303 E Grayson St.
San Antonio, Texas 78215

Situated on the outskirts of the Historic Pearl Brewery, this dining gem is bright, airy and features one of the largest outdoor patios in the area! Shared plates like the Avocado Toast or Double Dip (house-made guacamole & jalapeño pimento cheese) take center stage.



Banger's brunch

Banger’s Steak, Eggs & Fries


Banger’s – Sausage House & Beer Garden

79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Bring the family pup, Grandma — everyone’s welcome at Banger’s! The quintessential spot to eat, drink and hangout on Austin’s popular Rainey Street. 30+ varieties of homemade sausage, over 100 beers on tap, an on-site dark park and Big Band Brunch every Sunday!


Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Multiple Locations

Local in source, Texan in spirit! You can’t go wrong at Jack Allen’s with healthy, wholesome ingredients that taste great. From grillin’s to greens and everything in between, Chef Jack Gilmore gives it his signature southwestern flare.


Kerbey Lane Cafe

Multiple Locations

An Austin original since 1980, serving comfortable and casual, high-quality food with a Texas twist at reasonable prices. ALL of their beer and wine selections, for example, are always just $3! Bonus: kids eat free every Tuesday!


Phil’s Icehouse

Multiple Locations

Gather with family and friends for a good simple meal at Phil’s. It’s a fun environment for kids with a playscape, hop scotch, shuffleboard, etc. Known for their gourmet burgers (over a dozen to choose from, or build your own).


Noble Sandwich Co. Smoked Duck Pastrami

Noble Sandwich Co.’s Smoked Duck Pastrami


Noble Sandwich Co.

4805 Burnet Rd.
Austin, Texas 78756

Find your way around the perfect sandwich from Noble Sandwich Co. High quality ingredients, including select local and sustainable items, help create unique combinations like the signature Smoked Duck Pastrami or infamous Noble Pig.


Olive & June

3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, Texas 78703

Opt for an upscale “family meal” on Sunday nights at Olive & June. Chef’s rotating selection of seasonal dishes are served in addition to dinner menu. Get three courses for $38 per person — kids under 12 eat free!


Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Multiple Locations

A favorite homegrown Austin hotspot slingin’ wood fire grilled Gulf oysters, famous house pies (go for the “Sweet Tea”) and pretty dang perfect fried chicken! All day Happy Hour Monday-Wednesday!


Salt Lick

Multiple Locations

World renown barbecue celebrating 50 years and 3 generations! The original Driftwood location remains cash only and just a short scenic drive from Austin. Plenty of space for children to run around while Mom and Dad pay a visit to Salt Lick Cellars next door to the restaurant. 😉


Hill Country

Rails' Red Velvet Cake

The Sweeter Side of Rails’ Red Velvet Cake


Rails – A Café at the Depot

615 E. Schreiner St.
Kerrville, Texas 78028

Housed inside a fully restored 1915 Kerrville Train depot! Taste local Texas flavor with a side of history here! Weekends see the soothing sounds of classical guitar under the stars on the patio. There’s also The Sweeter Side of Rails — the popular bakery next door serving handmade goodies throughout the day!


The Gristmill – River Restaurant & Bar

1287 Gruene Rd.
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

A Texas original since 1977, situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River! Mouthwatering country fare, tree-covered decks and picturesque views making for a memorable dining experience every time!


Camp Verde

285 Camp Verde Road East
Camp Verde, Texas 78010

Come for a meal, stay for the day and play at Camp Verde. The famed General Store, first established in 1857, offers plenty of opportunities to browse and explore. Shop, eat and experience this hidden Texas gem before word gets out!


Peggy's on the Green Filet

Peggy’s on the Green Filet


Peggy’s on the Green

128 W. Blanco Rd.
Boerne, Texas 78006

Chef Mark Bohanan’s highly-prized steaks have made the trip to the Texas Hill Country. Set inside the Kendall Inn, a 19th century stagecoach stop, it’s your chance to savor Southern heritage foods and classic American dishes with a separate kids menu for brunch, lunch and dinner.


Alamo Springs Cafe

107 Alamo Rd.
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

A good ol’ country spot boasting some of the best burgers in the state (no lie!), hand battered onion rings and…a bat cave?! If you’ve never been to Alamo Springs Cafe in Fredericksburg, it’s directly across from the Old Tunnel State Park, where from May to October, the abandoned railroad tunnel is home to more than 3 MILLION bats that emerge nightly as the Sun begins to set!


Power Plant Texas Grill

2006 Stockdale Hwy.
Seguin, Texas 78155

What once supplied electricity for the folks in Seguin is now a giant power plant grill on the banks of the Guadalupe! Get this: you can actually go tubing and find greats eats in one location. We’re in! The grounds also play host to “Market Days” every 3rd Saturday of the month. Don’t miss out on handcrafted items from local artisans and live music on the lawn.


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One Response to Family Friendly Dining Spots at Your Service!

Tom Patrick says: October 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

I really like the show. However, I can’t remember all of the locations visited in all cities. It would be very helpful on the web site if you had a list of locations visited by city. Thanks


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