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Favorite local restaurants for maximum fun, minimum meltdowns


We reached out to our Facebook fans to get their recommendations on where are some good family dining options, and why. While having a kid’s menu is important, it’s not always the food or the prices that makes a restaurant a family favorite.

🍔Applebee’s
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
Kid’s menu plus on Tuesdays kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
“They have kids free night (and they have healthier options),” says Leslie Houck.

🍔Bob Evans
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
There’s a kid’s menu for breakfast, lunch and diner Additionally, kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entrée.
“I took my kids fairly often to Bob Evans. Kids eat free different times. I liked the quiet slow placed atmosphere,” says Abi Knaub. “The wait staff was laid back and family friendly, too.

🍔Cracker Barrel
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
Kid’s menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“Great family restaurant and always very friendly and accommodating with the kids,” says Darla Weimer

🍺Desperate Times Brewery
1201 Carlisle Springs Road, Carlisle
It has a kid’s menu comprising mostly kid-friendly sandwiches.
“They have a whole wall of kid’s games and toys, as well as a chalkboard,” says Kristen Whitfield Killinger.

🍔Friendly’s
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
It has an extensive kid’s menu where all entrees include ice cream for dessert.
“My kids always want Friendly’s, says Dawn Hirt. “Wednesday is free kids meal night!”

🍨Harshbarger’s Sub ’N Malt
716 Swamp Road, Mifflintown
5680 US-522, Mcveytown
A small (and pricey) kid’s menu is available.
“The kid’s meal comes in a cool old fashioned car and comes with homemade ice cream,” says Ashley Britcher McMillen.

🍔Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
There’s a kid’s menu for kids ages 12 and younger. And kids ages 5 and under can always eat for free at the the Soup, Salad, Bread and Dessert Bar.
“My rugrat eats for free, so I can just grab him a bunch of stuff from the buffet that’s all mostly finger-food sized and I have minimal cutting up to do! And, they have sturdy plastic highchairs with a tray,” says Amanda Evans Welty. “Sometimes when you’re a parent, it’s the little things that matter most.”
“We have lots of food sensitivities, but are able to find plenty to eat on the salad bar,” adds Megan South Benninger. “The price is fantastic too!”

🥪Isaac’s Restaurants
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
A kid’s menu is available.
They have a “great variety of fun food on the kid’s menu, plus dessert,” says Maribeth Bucher Allen. “Some also give wikisticks and pretzel goldfish with the kid’s menu. The price isn’t bad either.” 

🍔Jukebox Diner
4890 Carlisle Road, Mechanicsburg
It’s a 1950s-themed diner that serves American favorites plus breakfast all day long.
“[My daughter’s] new favorite is the Jukebox Diner with great mac and cheese and served in those cool cars!” says Nikki Hanshaw Rhoades.

🍔The Penn Hotel
600 Old West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey
It has a kid’s menu.
‘[We love it because] it’s loud and they have shuffleboard,” says  Andrea Schreffler Oliver.

🍔Red Robin
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
They have a kid’s menu including specially priced drinks and desserts.
“My children love Red Robin. They enjoy getting a free balloon as well as the kids menu,” says Laurie Skubon. “And my son goes for the root beer floats.”
“Red Robin has a great kids menu; is very family friendly; and my whole family loves their fries!” says Leahann Moslak.

🥗Roma’s Pizza Italian Restaurant
2 E. Main St., Dallastown
It has a kid’s menu for dine-in customers.
“Roma’s [has] great service, delicious food and coin machines in the dining room,” says Kristine Cousler-Womack.

🍨Scoops Ice Cream and Grille
312 Primrose Lane, Mountville
It has both a kid’s menu and kid’s size ice cream cones.
“Good food, good prices, great ice cream!” says Hannah Royer. “Very family friendly. Community oriented, with fundraisers, etc. Boulders mini golf is there as well. We often do dinner, mini golf, then ice cream over the summer for a nice family activity.”

🍔Texas Roadhouse
Locations throughout Central Pennsylvania
They have an extensive kid’s menu. Plus they have Kid’s Night on Tuesdays when kids can eat for a special low price and enjoy special attractions.
“Texas Roadhouse kid’s night is great. You get great food. My daughter who loves steak can order that on the kid’s menu. I love that they offer that in addition to the “regular” kids items,” says Kristen Carr Zeigler.
“We love Texas Roadhouse Kids night the best because of the games and arts and crafts plus free face painting for kids on Tuesday nights,” says Nikki Hanshaw Rhoades.

🍺Troegs Independent Brewing
200 Hersheypark Drive, Hershey
Its snack bar menu includes kid’s entrees and small plate dishes as well.
“[They have] great food and it’s loud enough to drown out any tantrum,” says Kate Kal.

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