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Houston is a foodie town and we love it! That being said, more than once we’ve been recommended an amazing restaurant and upon further inspection, the kids’ menu does not reflect the restaurant’s full offerings. Sure, the kids could order off the main menu, but the adult-sized portion (and cost) often make that choice prohibitive.
We’ve got your back, though, and have done a deep dive into some of Houston’s best menus for young people. These are kids’ menus done right, and expand beyond the typical hamburgers, nuggets, and mac and cheese (or at least are elevated versions of them). Read on for the best 15 kids’ menus in Houston.
Best tacos: Liberty Taco
Liberty Taco is a family favorite, not only for their “tacos with a twist” menu but also for their kids’ portions, which are very generous and don’t break the bank. For $5.25, kids can get two steak or chicken tacos, served with two tortillas, a side of rice, beans, grilled veggies and cheese. If quesadillas are more your style, they have you covered there, too, with a plain cheese for only $4.25 (which also comes with rice and beans). Of course, parents will also leave satisfied with options like Texas Brisket, Barbacoa, and Tequila Shrimp taco options for all under $5.
Best fine dining: Fleming’s Prime Steak House
Fleming’s Prime Steak House knows that just because you’re a kid doesn’t mean you want to miss out on the good stuff! Their kids’ menu is designed for children under the age of 12 to participate in the steak house experience of feeling fancy. They’ll have the option of a starter, a chopped salad or seasonal fresh fruit, followed by an entrée choice of filet mignon, grilled lamb lollipops and even colossal shrimp tempura. (They also have chicken tenders and mac and cheese options.) Of course, you can’t leave without dessert, which is included along with a drink. This multi-course meal is also not as pricey as you might expect—it ranges from $16 to $19, depending on your child’s entrée choice.
Best classic American food: Natachee’s Supper ‘N Punch
Anything ordered off the “Whippersnapper’s Lunchbox” at Natachee’s Supper ‘N Punch in Midtown arrives in an old school lunchbox that is always a crowd-pleaser. The Natachee’s Kidlet Lickers are two all-beef sliders that are the perfect size for small hands to handle and not too spicy to be rejected. You’ll also get a side and some fruit with your order. Natachee’s is known for its home-cooked style meals and serves breakfast all day. They are also known to make some mean punch drinks that can be kid-friendly or more “lively” (alcoholic) for adults.
Best kabobs: Zoë’s Kitchen
Who doesn’t love food on a stick? Zoë’s Kitchen focuses on freshly-made Mediterranean food and has several locations around the Houston area. They offer two different kabobs on the Live Med Kids menu—shrimp or salmon—with grilled veggies and a side of fruit. You also can’t go wrong with their piadinas, which feature great choices like ham and cheese or pizza. Zoë’s is one of the few places that offers a grilled chicken fingers option, which we appreciate.
Best sides: Black Walnut Café
While the kids’ menu entrées might be somewhat typical, the sides at Black Walnut Café are anything but: you can have your choice of potato salad, tabbouleh, seasonal veggies, garlic mashed potatoes, yogurt or risotto-style cauliflower to go along with your grilled cheese. Black Walnut Café has a few restaurants in town, but you can also find them in Katy, Sugar Land, and the Woodlands. Be advised, it is hard to get out the door without ordering dessert!
Best for cheese lovers: bellagreen
Kids love cheese, because, well, it is delicious! At bellagreen, you can get some pretty amazing cheese-based kids’ menu items, including a yummy gluten-free quinoa mac and cheese, an organic wood-fired cheese pizza, a grilled cheese panini or a kids’ spaghetti. They also have all-beef burgers and chicken tenders if little diners decide suddenly to reject cheese that day. All meals (except the pizza) come with a choice of sweet potato fries, french fries, quinoa salad or fresh fruit.
Best Italian with variety: The Union Kitchen
It’s a pet peeve of ours to go to an Italian restaurant and all that is offered for kids is bland spaghetti or butter noodles. The Union Kitchen (with locations around the Houston area) has ten different kids’ entrées, including cheese ravioli, fettuccini alfredo, and linguini and meatballs. If your tots aren’t feeling the pasta vibe, they also offer an “I Don’t Want That” grilled beef entrée and an “It Tastes Like Chicken” grilled or fried shrimp. The Union Kitchen also offers cheese or pepperoni pizza if all else fails.
Best catfish: State Fare
State Fare Kitchen & Bar947 Gessner Rd
Houston, TXLiving in the South, you’d think fried catfish should be offered at least as often as chicken strips, but alas, that is not the case. State Fare has you covered with kids’ fried catfish option along with some healthy sides. For $10 your little one can get catfish with carrot sticks, fresh fruit, and a cookie plus a choice of french fries, mashed potatoes or green beans.
Best teriyaki bowl: True Food Kitchen
True Food Kitchen’s mantra is all about foods making you feel better, not worse. In that spirit, all of their offerings are health-driven, including the children’s menu. The standout is the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl, which is not only good for you but tasty, too. It includes peas, broccoli, carrots, brown rice, and quinoa. They also have an almond butter, banana and apple sandwich that we wish was on the main menu.
Best alternative to chicken nuggets: Field + Tides
If you’re having a hard time getting your kiddo to consider ordering anything other than chicken nuggets, give Field + Tides a try. They sell a $5 daily fish nuggets that come with mash and vegetables. These nuggets are also gluten-free if that’s something you’re seeking.
Best for junior foodies: Ouisie’s Table
One look at the Ouisie’s Table kids’ menu and you’ll see how they are helping cultivate little foodies. For one, they feature crab cakes with lump crab and peas for $12. Then there’s the beef tender with crisp bacon that comes with a side of macaroni and cheese and buttered greens. You’ll also find grilled chicken and pasta, and even a lollipop lamb with spring veggies. Its also been rumored that, on occasion, they’ll even let an adult order off the kids’ menu.
Best value pho: Pho VN 21
Pho Vn 215800 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TXWe love pho, but it’s often too spicy (or too large!) for our littles. Pho VN 21 in Bellaire has $4 “kids” portions of pho that has all of the broth flavors without the herbs and onions. You can also ask them to hold the meat for a veggie option.
Best entertainment: Samurai Japanese Steak and Sushi
Samurai is a hibachi-style restaurant, complete with all of the tableside chef flair that makes these kinds of establishments so fun to dine at. Their kids’ menu is pretty excellent and has a number of options for under $9, including chicken, shrimp and beef. All come with onion soup, a shrimp appetizer, hibachi veggies, steamed rice and ice cream.
Best Indian food: Himalaya Restaurant
Houston is the most diverse city in the United States and our food reflects it. At Himalaya, the kids’ menu features a mild chicken or paneer tikka masala or Nepali-style chow mein noodles. If you upgrade your tikka masala to the full kids’ meal, you’ll get a drink and an ice cream included for the $12 price tag. Don’t forget the extra orders of naan.
Best gluten-free & veggie options: Flower Child
If you are a gluten-free or vegetarian family, kids’ menus can be particularly limiting. At Flower Child, you can choose your protein—which includes tofu (and chicken or steak), and two sides for only $6.50. The sides are all vegetarian and gluten-free. We’re talking broccoli with parmesan, sweet corn & quinoa, organic brown rice, smashed organic potatoes, gluten-free mac and cheese, or an organic fruit mix.