From contributor: Modern Boca Social Mom
I’ll admit it: I am a lazy cook.
If the recipe has more than three ingredients and takes longer than 30 minutes, I don’t even attempt it. That being said, the thought of taking my young children out to a nice place to eat makes me cringe. Here are some tips to eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton.
(This is NOT my family…)
But, I have found a loophole! The Cafés at Boca (aka the mall food court) at Town Center at Boca Raton.
Like everything in Boca, this food court is not your typical fast food pit. It has a lot of great options. You can find everything from falafel pitas at Maoz Vegetarian to salads, authentic Italian pizza, seafood and Mexican. And you can’t forget about the delightful Chick-fil-A…
This food court has really been a saving grace for me when I don’t want to cook or don’t have time to cook. My littlest, Bailey (8 months) loves to gaze up at the sky through the windows. It really hypnotizes her. And my picky eater, Ella (5 years), loves that she can sample a variety of food.
Ella is not the type of kid to just sit in her seat and be quiet. She can be her loud kid self and not attract too much attention. For the most part, this is the one place we can rely on to go and not cause a total nightmare for other diners.
If we want more of a challenge, we sometimes go to California Pizza Kitchen. We opt to sit outside most times. I like that there is a great children’s menu with things to color and games to play.
Other places that do the trick include Chipotle (multiple locations). It is fast and loud! Ella likes that she can choose her ingredients.
We also love Italio (1658 N. Federal Hwy). It is a customizable Italian kitchen that again lets you choose your ingredients. (Plus, Deals is right next to Italio, so you can get a few child distractions like coloring books for just a $1, allowing for some peace).
Also, on our list is Tijuana Flats (multiple locations). This place is great because it has a place mat that kids can color on and they offer table service, so you don’t have to keep getting up to get refills. Taco Tuesday is a great time to go because they offer two tacos, chips and salsa, and a drink for only $5.49! It is a great family place.
Don’t get me wrong, I DO parent my children in these places and usually, I don’t let them run free…depending on my mood. 😉 But, they have to learn how to behave by going to restaurants and experiencing the etiquette of it all.
However, there’s always going to be that one person that gives you the “look of disapproval” when you are dining with your kids. You just have to shake it off. Trust me, I’ve gotten a lot of those looks as a parent! Make it easy on yourself when eating out at restaurants with kids in Boca Raton.