What Are Some Restaurants Where Toddlers Eat Free or Cheap?

Updated on June 08, 2008
J.J. asks from Carrollton, TX
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My son is now 18 months old. I am looking for restaurants to go to that he can eat free or reasonably cheap. I hate paying for the typical kids meal intended for a much older child, where we pay $5 or $6 for him to barely eat any of it; but he's too old to just take along some snacks and baby food like we used to.

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Thanks for all your suggestions. I do usually take foods as many of you mentioned, but he is getting too smart for me. He seems to want what we have or something to come for him. It's kind of funny. If we are at home he'll eat almost anything we give him, but at a restaurant, he wants their food! I took him to Cici's yesterday, thanks for that idea Crystal! One place we do go that he shares ours food is On The Border. I don;t like beans, so he always gets mine :)

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M.H.

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In parent magazine(June)there is a list of places and days that the kids eat free. Souper salad under 4 free, Denny's i believe was tues. kids eat free, and there was 6 others and the phone #'s for details.
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D.S.

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This is from someone who has already been thru this, but also crackers and cereal work really well too, most kids just want something to munch on while Mom and Dad are having dinnner, and this sometimes will keep them occupied and these are also easy to pack and take along. You can also buy the individual packs of like peanut or cheese and crackers and the individual servings of cereals. And before you know it, he will be eating on his own, just hang in there.................

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C.A.

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Hi J.,

Here's a list I got from my mom a week or so ago.

Monday
Margaritas - kids eat free all day
Hangtown Grill - kids eat free all day
TGI Friday ' s - kids eat free and get free animal balloons
Texadelphia South - kids eat free
Zuzu - kids free after 6:00 p.m.
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Joes Crab Shack - Kids meal $0.99 up to two meals per paying adult
The San Fransisco Oven - free kids meal with an adult

Tuesday
Spaghetti Warehouse - kids eat free at night
Denny ' s - kids eat free from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Chick-fil-A - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Bennigan ' s - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zuzu - kids eat free after 6:00 p.m.
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 10 eat free
Central Market kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult
Gattitown_ after 3pm wear a jersey (sports) get a 5.00 game card with a buffet purchase
McDonalds- free happy meal with the purchase of an adult meal
Black Eye Pea- after 5pm Kids Eat FREE with an adult purchase (12 and under)

Wednesday
Buffalo Wild Wings - Kids meals are $.99 from 5pm - 9pm
Luby ' s - kids eat free after 4:30 p.m.
Moe ' s Southwest Grill - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Central Market - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

Thursday
Double Daves Pizza- kids under 5 eat
Joe ' s Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals to two per paying adult

Saturday
Luby ' s - kids eat free all day
Texas Land & Cattle - kids eat free from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday
Souper Salad - kids aged 3-5 eat for $0.50; kids aged 6-12 eat for $0.99
Texadelphia - kids eat free at certain locations

All Week
Cici ' s Pizza - kids under 3 eat free
Denny ' s - kids eat free on their birthday
Dickey's has kids eat free ALL DAY, EVERYDAY (one per each paying adult)
Ritzy's kids eat free all the time after they buy a tshirt,wear their tshirt and eat for free.
Culvers (rockwall) Free Kid's Ice Cream with Kids Meal

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D.R.

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A friend sent me this great list last week. Hope it helps!

Monday
Margaritas - kids eat free all day
Hangtown Grill - kids eat free all day
Gattiland - moms eat free
TGI Friday ' s - kids eat free and get free animal balloons
Texadelphia South - kids eat free
Zuzu - kids free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free after 4:00 p.m.
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Serranos - kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack - Kids meal $0.99 up to two meals per paying adult

Tuesday
Spaghetti Warehouse - kids eat free at night
Fazoli ' s - kids eat for $0.99 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Kerbey Lane - kids eat free all day
Denny ' s - kids eat free from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Chick-fil-A - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Bennigan ' s - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zuzu - kids eat free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free after 4:00 pm
McAllisters - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Central Market - N. Lamar kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

Wednesday
Luby ' s - kids eat free after 4:30 p.m.
EZ ' s - kids eat free all day
Moe ' s Southwest Grill - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Central Market - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zen - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

Thursday
La Salsa - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza- kids under 5 eat
Joe ' s Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals to two per paying adult

Saturday
Luby ' s - kids eat free all day
Texas Land & Cattle - kids eat free from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday
Souper Salad - kids aged 3-5 eat for $0.50; kids aged 6-12 eat for $0.99
Zen - kids eat free all day
Texadelphia - kids eat free at certain locations

All Week
Cici ' s Pizza - kids under 3 eat free
Fresh Choice - kids aged 2 and under eat free; kids aged 3-5 eat for $.99; kids aged 6-8 eat for $2.99
Denny ' s - kids eat free on their birthday
Pizza Hut ' s lunch buffet - kids eat free

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M.N.

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Check out www.aroundtownkids.com They have a section on kid's meal deals.

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A.D.

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you should check out www.dallasareamoms.com not only would you meet lots of other moms from the DFW area ..but they have useful information like a list of places for kids to eat free :)

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D.S.

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My best bet was sharing my meal- this way I minimized wmy intake after having the baby and he had no problem eating what I did- it exposed him to some new tastes as well
Or--- if you have another child- just get one meal and split it-
Go to places with salad and soup incl and let him indulge in that - asked for it to be bought at the same time your meal is-

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A.I.

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Black-eyed Pea on Tuesday evenings.

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L.P.

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Depending on what you and your hubby get - you could just give him some of y'all's food. Then it's basically free.

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C.S.

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We also would just give the kids food off our plate, cut up in little pieces when they were younger. Gives them more of a variety than chicken strips and french fries :)

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M.V.

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Just today, i received this from my friend! :)

thought you would enjoy a list of restaurants that offer free meals to the kids.

Monday
Margaritas - kids eat free all day
Hangtown Grill - kids eat free all day
Gattiland - moms eat free
TGI Friday ' s - kids eat free and get free animal balloons
Texadelphia South - kids eat free
Zuzu - kids free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free after 4:00 p.m.
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Serranos - kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack - Kids meal $0.99 up to two meals per paying
adult

Tuesday
Spaghetti Warehouse - kids eat free at night
Fazoli ' s - kids eat for $0.99 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Kerbey Lane - kids eat free all day
Denny ' s - kids eat free from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Chick-fil-A - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Bennigan ' s - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zuzu - kids eat free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free after 4:00 pm
McAllisters - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Central Market - N. Lamar kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

Wednesday
Luby ' s - kids eat free after 4:30 p.m.
EZ ' s - kids eat free all day
Moe ' s Southwest Grill - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Central Market - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zen - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

Thursday
La Salsa - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza- kids under 5 eat
Joe ' s Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals to two per paying adult

Saturday
Luby ' s - kids eat free all day
Texas Land & Cattle - kids eat free from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday
Souper Salad - kids aged 3-5 eat for $0.50; kids aged 6-12 eat
for $0.99
Zen - kids eat free all day
Texadelphia - kids eat free at certain locations

All Week
Cici ' s Pizza - kids under 3 eat free
Fresh Choice - kids aged 2 and under eat free; kids aged 3-5 eat
for $.99; kids aged 6-8 eat for $2.99
Denny ' s - kids eat free on their birthday
Pizza Hut ' s lunch buffet - kids eat free

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K.S.

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A couple restaurants that weren't mentioned where kids eat free with adult purchase.

Dickey's BBQ on Long Prairie (Weds and Sundays) across from Kroger
Christina's on FM1171 (Mon and Tues)

Enjoy!

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C.P.

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Hi J.,

Can you take your own meals with you - something besides snacks and baby food as you mentioned? My daughter is 21 months old now, but we usually pack her dinners with us if we go out. Here are some ideas...

Macaroni and cheese (they even have microwavable containers now that take 3 minutes!)

Veggies - Dole, Del Monte, and the store brands have veggie cups similar to the fruit cups. We get the diced carrots, corn, green beans, and peas for my daughter

Hot Dogs - heat up a hot dog at home and cut it up and throw it in a baggie

Gerber Graduates Raviolis - you don't even need to heat these up!

Fruit cups

Pasta - cook some penne pasta and then pack some in a baggie or sealed bowl for him, easy!!

Kids Cuisines from the freezer aisle - heat one up at home and then put the contents in a sealable plate or ziploc bag. They have a variety of dishes - chicken tenders, pizza, fish sticks, and all come with corn and usually mac and cheese

Fish Sticks

There's tons of options. And all of these are minimal to pack and carry. If this doesn't work, then my only suggestion is to let your son eat from your plate during dinner.

Good luck!

-Char

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L.S.

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We have also discovered Ritzy by Grapevine Mills. I have 3 children and two of them eat free when they wear the t-shirt. I jsut keep the shirts in my vehicle all the time and they put the shirts on before we go into the resturant.

I'm not a burger person.....but their burgers are fabulous. Also try the salad....it's huge.
ENJOY!

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L.L.

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Hi J.,

We have recently discovered Ritzy's over by the Grapevine Mills mall. It's pretty casual dining, but now that our daughter is 2 sometimes it's nice to eat at a place that is quick and relatively cheap when dining out with a toddler. It's a lot of the standard burgers and sandwiches but they also make really good salads.

The other nice thing is they have a kids eat free club. You have to buy a Ritzy's t-shirt (I think I paid $1.99 for the shirt) and every time you go and your kid wears the shirt they eat free. I like that because it's good at any time not just on special kids eat free nights.

L.

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E.

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My husband got this from someone at work about kids eat free restaurants: I hope this helps

Monday
Margaritas - kids eat free all day
Hangtown Grill - kids eat free all day
Gattiland - moms eat free
TGI Friday ' s - kids eat free and get free animal balloons
Texadelphia South - kids eat free
Zuzu - kids free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free after 4:00 p.m.
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Serranos - kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack - Kids meal $0.99 up to two meals per paying adult

Tuesday
Spaghetti Warehouse - kids eat free at night
Fazoli ' s - kids eat for $0.99 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Kerbey Lane - kids eat free all day
Denny ' s - kids eat free from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Chick-fil-A - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Bennigan ' s - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zuzu - kids eat free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free after 4:00 pm
McAllisters - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Central Market - N. Lamar kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

Wednesday
Luby ' s - kids eat free after 4:30 p.m.
EZ ' s - kids eat free all day
Moe ' s Southwest Grill - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Central Market - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zen - kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
La Salsa - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza - kids under 5 eat free
Joes Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

Thursday
La Salsa - kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza- kids under 5 eat
Joe ' s Crab Shack - $0.99 kids meals to two per paying adult

Saturday
Luby ' s - kids eat free all day
Texas Land & Cattle - kids eat free from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday
Souper Salad - kids aged 3-5 eat for $0.50; kids aged 6-12 eat for $0.99
Zen - kids eat free all day
Texadelphia - kids eat free at certain locations
Dickey's Barbeque

All Week
Cici ' s Pizza - kids under 3 eat free
Fresh Choice - kids aged 2 and under eat free; kids aged 3-5 eat for $.99; kids aged 6-8 eat for $2.99
Denny ' s - kids eat free on their birthday
Pizza Hut ' s lunch buffet - kids eat free

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S.T.

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If you happen to like Sushi...Simon Sushi in Plano (Plano Pkwy and 75 on the east side close to Hooters) is very kid friendly. They have a special menu for kids. I see a lot of people take their kids there. It is BYOB so you only pay for your food...It makes it much more affordable.

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J.P.

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The Dicky's BBQ on Preston before you get to Spring Creek says kids eat free every day. Not sure if all of them do that!! Hopefully this helps some what!! Good luck

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P.O.

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Hi J.,

I don't have any suggestions, but I live in Carrollton, too and have a 19mo girl, so I'll be watching to see your responses. We still "pack a lunch" when we take her out. I take a sectioned plate with a cover and little things for her to eat like beans, pasta, a fruit cup of some kind and then give her stuff off my plate. Yes, it's a hassle and there's no "spur of the moment" going out, but I've gotten pretty fast as throwing her bag together.

I hope you get some good suggestions though!

P.

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