Ingredients for a Family-Friendly Restaurants
We've talked family-friendly restaurants before. Many times. But we've never created the dream list, the list of everything a restaurant should do to score a 10, to keep us coming back (if they want us!), to win Metro Parent's annual reader's awards for who's the family friendliest of them all.
I was at a coffee shop recently that had just opened, and since they clearly had no kids and I had two in tow, they asked me: Any ideas to make us more family-friendly? So, I said, off the tippy top of my head (not sure there's more than that left!):
- Stool under the bathroom sink for hand washing.
- Changing table ... in the men's room!!
- High chairs & booster seats.
- (Healthy) kids menu.
- Bring kid food fast or serve a quick snack to keep 'em busy (Old Wives' Tales delivers the apple sauce like immediately. They know.)
- A few toys (thinking Laughing Planet's ever-popular dinosaurs...).
- Inoffensive art (much as I l-o-v-e Laughing Planet, Robert Crumb's artwork sure stirs the conversation at our table).
What am I missing? What 'extras' have you seen that take the cake (free diapers works for me!)? Help us finish this list - let's make it a resource for the (thankfully!) growing number of Pdx chow spots that actually like our kids!