Enjoy the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants Around Tyler

August 4th, 2022 by

Tyler, Texas, is a great destination for families seeking a blend of museums, zoos, parks, shopping, and dining appropriate for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a place to celebrate a birthday dinner, recover from a long walk through the Tyler Rose Garden, or simply gather your family around a hassle-free meal, we have some tasty suggestions for you. Dine in and enjoy the great atmosphere at these destinations, or order carry-out and have someone else handle the cooking so you can focus on enjoying more time with your kids. Try these restaurants.

Clear Springs Restaurant

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Clear Springs Restaurant delivers Texas-size flavor in the form of fried catfish, juicy steaks, and mouthwatering hand-breaded onion rings. This family-friendly restaurant even offers kids eat free specials on occasion, so it’s always worth checking out the latest deals. The kids’ menu includes chicken strips, mini corn dogs, catfish, burgers, shrimp, and grilled cheese, all served with fries and a kid’s beverage.

Adults will find an extensive menu that includes seafood like fried catfish, blackened catfish, pan-seared redfish, and grilled shrimp. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, try the chicken fried steak, smothered queso chicken, or a 14-ounce ribeye. Burgers and tacos fill out the menu, so there’s something for everyone. Best of all, you can finish with double chocolate cake and ice cream or another delightful dessert, like banana pudding, peach cobbler, New York cheesecake, or key lime pie.

Location: 6519 S. Broadway Ave, Tyler

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Daniel Boone’s Grill & Tavern

Daniel’s Boone’s is the perfect restaurant for families looking for a more affordable way to eat out with kids. The restaurant offers a free kids meal with each adult entree on Monday and Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll enjoy distinctive features here, like the free bean bar with all the pinto beans and chili beans you can eat. The Blue Bell ice cream bar is another favorite feature that comes free with every purchased meal.

The menu has an abundance of down-home cooking with options like deluxe grilled cheese, juicy half-pound burgers, all-beef hot dogs, fried fish, and country-fried steak. If you prefer to keep things simple, you can go with the cornbread meal that gives you three corn muffins, butter, and onions to pair with the bean bar. You’re sure to leave satisfied with this homey destination that promises to “feed ya good!”

Location: 1920 E SE Loop 323, Tyler

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ

For hearty fare that can please the whole family, stop into Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ. The oldest Mom and Pop BBQ joint in town, this establishment has over six decades of experience in delighting diners. You’ll enjoy a friendly, casual atmosphere, spacious indoor seating, and a covered patio for sunny days when the kids need a little extra space to move. This is a great place to stop mid-day when you’re out and about seeing the sights in Tyler.

Young diners will enjoy familiar favorites like grilled cheese, cheesy quesadillas, and turkey or ham and cheese sandwiches. If your whole family loves BBQ, you’ll find a tasty chopped brisket sandwich on the kids’ menu as well. For the adults, you’ll have an extensive selection of hearty BBQ meats on sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes, Frito pies, and tacos. No one will leave hungry from this joint.

Location: 525 S. Beckman Ave, Tyler

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Happy’s Fish House

Happy’s Fish House is one of those delightful destinations that offers breakfast all day, so you always have beloved fall-backs for the kids, like pancakes and French toast. To build a full meal, you can add on all your favorite breakfast extras like bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, oatmeal, and toast. Though only breakfast features a kids’ menu, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly dishes on the regular menu, like chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, and popcorn shrimp.

For a fast way to simplify your order, try one of Happy’s Family Packs. These feed three to six people, depending on your package. You’ll get a main, like whitefish filets and popcorn shrimp or fried chicken tenders, accompanied by an abundance of sides including hushpuppies, French fries, and your choice of two of the pint sides, including corn on the cob, onion rings, cheese grits, green beans, coleslaw, and more. If you want to dine at home without the hassle of cooking, these family packs are the perfect curbside choice.

Location: 2202 E 5th St., Tyler

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Villaggio del Vino

Though there’s no dedicated kids’ menu, Villagio del Vino serves plenty of options that can cater to children. This upscale Italian restaurant features a full menu of wood-fired brick oven pizzas. You can pick something traditional like the double pepperoni or order one of the more gourmet options. Try the Proscuitto and Fig with caramelized onions, goat cheese, fig preserves, and prosciutto de parma for a sweet take on this classic dish. The menu also includes lasagna, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, and other Italian favorites.

If your kids are breakfast lovers, you can also stop in for brunch on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. You’ll enjoy options like eggs, bacon, potatoes, French toast, and seasonal fruit alongside a selection of pizzas and pasta.

Location: 4803 Old Bullard Road, Tyler

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

These are our top picks for family-friendly dining in the Tyler, Texas, area. Did we miss a great restaurant that your kids love? Contact our team at Classic Toyota and let us know so we can update our recommendations. We love knowing about the greatest spots so we can point customers in the right direction when they head off the lot.

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