As much as most parents try to be creative in the kitchen, it’s easy to get into a rut when cooking for kids – especially when it comes to their favourites. Whether it’s grilled cheese sandwiches or apple slices with peanut butter, the home menu can become a little repetitive. When meal boredom strikes (or when you simply need a break from the cooking and cleaning), head out to one of the city’s many restaurants, diners and cafes where you, and your kids (of all ages) will find a great meal and welcoming atmosphere. Here are a few of our favourite restaurants around Vancouver:
Favourite Family-Friendly Restaurants Around Vancouver:
Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Where: 4186 Main Street
This place truly puts family first – it’s a family owned and operated business that has always had a heavy focus on ensuring local families feel welcome. With unique events like pizza making night, and pizza parties for adults and kids, this restaurant has plenty of fun and food to appeal to everyone. Their products are so popular, they’re even available in some local grocery markets. (Heads up: if you’re thinking of heading out to Rocky Mountain, keep in mind that their Kits location is no longer open; Main street is the way to go.)
Mr Bannock Food Truck
Where: various locations
Local entrepreneur and chef Paul Natrall is Mr Bannock – and his food is so good, it just keeps growing. From a food truck operation, to take out, to grocery items available for purchase to cook at home, this local business is a popular option for all ages. Download the Mr Bannock app to know exactly what’s on the menu and where the truck will be located.
Sal Y Limon
Where: Vancouver (2 locations), Surrey, YVR
Built by four friends and food enthusiasts, with the aim of bringing authentic Mexican flavours to Vancouver, this restaurant continues to expand with more locations. With the founders being parents themselves, they knew they wanted a place where everyone, kids included, felt welcome. That atmosphere, combined with the truly incredible menu, keeps Vancouverites
coming back for more.
Lucy’s East Side Diner
Where: 2708 Main Street
Head back into history, for a charming vintage diner experience at Lucy’s Eastside Diner. Known for their all-day breakfast, the menu also includes burgers, salads, homemade soup, sandwiches and more, like Lucy’s Meatloaf and the Cinnamon French Toast. Head out for brunch with the little ones, or surprise your teens with a late-night adventure – it’s open 24 hours, after all.
Sophie’s Cosmic Café
Where: 2095 West 4th
For nearly 35 years, Vancouverites have been heading to Sophie’s from every corner of the region. It’s worth the drive (and you can enjoy some local shopping along West 4th before or after.) Known for it’s quirky and eclectic décor, Sophie’s has a kids menu for its smallest customers and prides itself on friendly staff.
Old Spaghetti Factory
Where: Gastown, Langley, New Westminster, Richmond
Spaghetti with meatballs, or the browned butter? Maybe the ravioli is a better choice. It’s up to you at Old Spaghetti Factory, where a meal includes all the fixings: choose your pasta entrée and it comes with bread, soup or salad, and a cup of spumoni ice cream. Enjoy the vintage décor, including plenty of Tiffany style lampshades and art work.
Where: 636 6th Street, New Westminster
For nearly 70 years, the Waffle House Restaurant has been a staple in New Westminster’s uptown neighbourhood. Known for homestyle food and an old-fashioned family atmosphere this family owned and operated restaurant is a great destination for a simple brunch or a casual family birthday, an afternoon meal or a cozy dinner.
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