Eating out with Kids in SW/Beaverton
A friend called me last night from the parking lot of Shari's to tell me that on weekends (sat & sun) children eat free.
(from the website:Every Saturday and Sunday evening from 4pm to 9pm, each child can choose an entrée from Shari’s Kids Menu for Free with a kids beverage purchase. This money-saving offer is valid for up to two children for each adult in the party.)
This is the same friend who let me know about a similar deal at Denny's on Tuesdays and Saturdays (kids 10 and under eat free from the kids menu with purchase of adult entree from 4pm).
I love this friend because she's a real penny pincher, something I'm not, but aspire to be. The two restaurants in Beaverton where we usually go for a family night out are a little pricier, Pasta Veloce on Scholls Ferry near 125th avenue and Beaches at the Murray Scholls Shopping area.
I like Pasta Veloce because it's an adult menu, with awesome grilled bread and a nice drink selection. You go up and order and pay at the same time, so in the event of an emergency, there's no waiting for a waitress to bring the bill. The other great thing about Pasta Veloce is that the drinks refill, napkins, to go boxes, and silverware are all out there for customers to help themselves to. If you've got a toddler who thinks silverware throwing is an Olympic sport like my youngest, having access to fresh silverware is great. Finally, Pasta Veloce has a few boxes of giant legos you can take to your table on a first-come, first-serve basis.
My second favorite place is Beaches. If you go during their happy hour, from 4-6, the appetizer menu is half price. You can get a full-sized burger for $2.50, or an individual pizza for about $2.00. The seating is adjacent to the bar and limited, however, when we went there last time, the waitstaff was very helpful in encouraging families leaving to give their tables to other waiting families. They bring out a big plastic bucket of toys and crayons for the kids while you're waiting. Also, with the purchase of just one children's meal (about $5.50) both my kids got special drinks, a trip to the treasure chest for a free toy, and two little chocolate sundaes that the waitress made right in front of them at a special station. My 4 year old went home singing "we love Beaches" and keeps asking me when we can go again.
We may not be close to the awesome restaurants in Portland, but Beaverton does have some great places to go with kids.