There’s nothing worse than being hungry and searching for a restaurant as your kids begin melting down in “hanger.” Luckily, Hamilton County, Indiana is full of family-friendly dining options. So, whether you’re here for a weekend of exploring or you call this area home, here are some suggestions for dining out with kids.
Spirits may be in the name, but Sun King Spirits in Carmel Midtown along the Monon Trail is a kid-friendly establishment (except for the bar area). Choose from four delicious food vendors in the food hall, including Oca (sandwiches), La Margarita (Mexican), the Den by Foxgardin (American) and Pi Indy (pizza). There are enough options to satisfy even the pickiest kid.
It's more than just beer here. Books & Brews in Carmel City Center and now Hamilton Town Center have kid-friendly food menus with options like grilled cheese, nachos and flatbreads. Bonus: kids eat free on Tuesdays and Sundays (Carmel location only) and Mondays and Sundays (Noblesville location only), plus there are board games to play while you wait.
On a warm summer night, you're bound to find a line of families waiting to eat at Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream. You can't go wrong with a classic burger and fries. If you still have room, order a milkshake or scoop of ice cream from the adjacent ice cream parlor.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Rosie's serves it up (along with lunch). While the parents enjoy a mimosa, kids can pick from the "Little Buds" menu with options like pancakes, eggs, French toast and more morning favorites.
Sail away to this nautical themed restaurant on Morse Reservoir in Cicero. Families can enjoy a meal together outside on the deck while listening to live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Don't forget dessert - for kids, it's a Rice Krispie treat on an artist palette with raspberry and chocolate sauce, complete with a paintbrush so they can make a masterpiece.
Looking for a quick bite to eat after a day exploring Conner Prairie? Find Pure Eatery on 116th Street. The kids' menu includes a BBQ taco, pint size pita pizza and nutella and strawberry sandwich.