By Katie Moosbrugger

Who doesn’t love to dine out? But sometimes it’s not so fun – or worthwhile – with kids in tow. That is until you find a favorite “kid-friendly” restaurant! I have my favorite places – as do others on the TMoM team – and today we’re sharing our list, along with reasons why we picked these Triad restaurants.

We also noted which restaurants on our list offer gluten-free options. If you see an asterisk beside the restaurant’s name, that means they offer gluten-free menus and/or certain gluten-free products…or they’re willing to adapt a dish in order to accommodate a gluten-free diet. It’s best to ask for more details when you dine there. And many thanks to TMoM guest blogger, Suzy Fielders, for helping us identify some of these gluten-free restaurants!

Don’t forget we also have an entire (recently updated) directory dedicated to Kids Eat Free Listings at select restaurants throughout the Triad.

If you have a favorite kid-friendly restaurant to add to our list, please leave a comment and tell us why it’s your favorite!

My Picks:

*Mellow Mushroom
314 W 4th St, Winston-Salem
609 S Elm St, Greensboro
~ Always great pizza and fun atmosphere for kids. It’s loud, which is good!

In Harper Hills Shopping Center, Winston-Salem
2519 Lewisville Clemmons Rd, Clemmons
~ Yummy “real” food, especially the hibachi meals that come with veggies (the carrots are to die for), kids clear their plates (while eating all the veggies), most kids meals are less than a Happy Meal and much healthier

*Bib’s Downtown
675 W 5th St, Winston-Salem
~ Fun and unique menu, spacious for kids, live entertainment every time we happen to go

*West End Café
926 W. 4th Street, Winston-Salem
~ Kids love the fish pond out front, varied menu, always a good meal

*Village Tavern
Corner of Stratford Rd and Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston-Salem
221 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem
1903 Westridge Rd, Corner of Westridge Rd and Battleground Rd, Greensboro
~ Fabulous food with a laid-back atmosphere

Mario’s Pizza
1066 Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston-Salem
2205 Cloverdale Ave, Winston-Salem
1469 River Ridge Dr, Clemmons
1575 New Garden Rd, Greensboro
4215 W Wendover Ave, Greensboro
2645 N Main St, High Point
4000 Arrowhead Blvd, Mebane
~ To me, it’s the closest thing to NYC pizza, plus a relaxed atmosphere

206 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
2021 Griffith Road, Winston-Salem
1834 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem
1744 Battleground Ave, Greensboro
4211 W Wendover Ave, Greensboro
Four Seasons Mall, Greensboro
5872 Samet Dr, High Point
1449 University Dr, Burlington
~ Good prices, good selections, very informal and my kids love to hear them say “Welcome to Moe’s!”

*Clemmons Kitchen
3609 Clemmons Rd, Clemmons
~ Perfect for brunch

*River Birch Lodge
3324 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem
~Our go-to-place for holiday dinners or nice outings with the whole family. The menu is great, kids always find something the enjoy, cozy atmosphere, and children are always welcome.

*Southern Roots
119 E. Main St, Jamestown
~ While I will always think of this restaurant as one of the best “date night” restaurants in the Triad, it is also very kid-friendly.

Rachel’s Picks:

348 E Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem
100 Stratford Common Ct, Winston-Salem
3024 High Point Rd, Greensboro
1599 New Garden Rd, Greensboro
920 Mall Loop Rd, High Point
1445 University Dr, Burlington
~Coloring sheets, great kids menu, fun drinks for kids

East Coast Wings
4880 Country Club Rd, Winston-Salem
800 N Main St, Kernersville
5014 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem
1579 New Garden Rd, Greensboro
338 Tate St, Greensboro
2900 N Main St, High Point
2703 S Main St, High Point
~ Kids nights with balloon guy (may not be at all locations), coloring sheets, very laid back atmosphere

Bagel Station II
1977 Peace Haven Rd, Winston-Salem
129 Oakwood Dr, Winston-Salem
~ Kids toys to play with, plenty of space at Peace Haven location

*Midtown Cafe
151 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
~ Fun kids menu, breakfast served all day

*Chuck E Cheese
620 Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston-Salem
702 Pembroke Rd, Greensboro
~Easy way for adults to sit and catch up while kids are entertained

La Caretta
725 Coliseum Dr NW, Winston-Salem
1989 Peace Haven Rd, Winston-Salem
137 Jonestown Rd, Winston-Salem
5256 Robinhood Village Dr, Winston-Salem
190 NC Hwy 801 N, Advance
1033 Randolph St #27, Thomasville
~ Kid friendly food & waitstaff is always friendly to kids!

*Mimi’s Cafe
3322 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro
3111 Waltham Blvd, Burlington
~Much of the atmosphere and menu is geared toward kids

Camel City BBQ Factory
701 Liberty Street, Winston-Salem
~ Kid friendly food, plus an arcade room and games placed on tables to keep kids entertained. 

Cici’s Pizza
2857 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem
2705 N. Main, High Point
3379 Battleground, Greensboro
3356 S. Church St, Burlington
~If your kid doesn’t like what they chose, no money lost, just pick something new off the buffet.

Golden Corral
180 Hanes Mall Circle, Winston-Salem
4965 University Pkwy, Winston-Salem
4404 Landview Dr, Greensboro
2419 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro
3108 Garden Rd, Burlington
1507 Cotton Grove Rd, Lexington
~If your kid doesn’t like what they chose, no money lost, just pick something new off the buffet

380 Knollwood St, Winston-Salem
~ Although it is not the first place you think about for a family dinner, they have coloring sheets and a great kids menu!

*Ruby Tuesday
3320 Silas Creek Pkwy #2248, Winston-Salem
6412 Session Ct, Clemmons
7611 Thorndike Rd, Greensboro
1044 Randolph St, Thomasville
~ Kids like the salad bar, kids menu

*The Loop
320 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
1030 South Main Street, Kernersville
~Much of the atmosphere and menu is geared toward kids, fast service

3320 Silas Creek Pkwy #3, Winston-Salem
4423 W. Wendover, Greensboro
~Much of the atmosphere and menu is geared toward kids


Ashleigh’s Picks:

~Any Mexican restaurant, such as:
La Fiesta
3805 Tinsley Dr, High Point

Mi Pueblo
644 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem
2905 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem
111 Northpoint Ave, High Point
3911 Tinsley Dr, High Point
2421 Lewisville Clemmons Rd, Clemmons
607 South Main Street, King
651 Plaza Parkway, Lexington

5710 High Point Rd, Greensboro
808 Friendly Center Rd, Greensboro
3900 Battleground Ave, Greensboro

1231 Eastchester Dr #118, High Point
301 Pisgah Church Rd, Greensboro
~For a more casual Mexican

*Brixx Pizza
1295 Creekshire Way, Winston-Salem
1424 Westover Terrace, Greensboro
1022 Boston Dr, Burlington, NC
~They give the kids dough to play with

Fire and Sticks
3917 Sedgebrook St, High Point
~ My kids love to watch them cook and entertain

50 Miller St, Winston-Salem
131 W Lexington Ave, High Point
946 Summit Ave, Greensboro
~Wide range of options and prices and of course ice cream!

*Blue Rock Pizza
1529 N Main St, High Point
~Delicious pizza

2207 N Centennial St, High Point
~Great sushi or hibachi (kids love to try chopsticks)

The Biscuit Factory
2103 Kirkwood St, High Point
~Great breakfast( even “breakfast for lunch”!)

Alex’s House
1223 N Main St, High Point
~Amazing teriyaki chicken and teriyaki chicken salad – breakfast all day

Dani’s Picks:

368 East Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem
5870 Samet Drive, Suite 119, High Point
1603 Highwoods Blvd., Suite. A, Greensboro
1601 East Market Street, Greensboro
~Affordable and complete kids meals

*Red Robin
1507 Highwoods Blvd., Greensboro
3110 Waltham Blvd., Burlington
~Good kids meals

Pita Delite
500 E Cornwallis Dr, Greensboro
617 Friendly Center Rd, Greensboro
3383 Battleground Ave, Greensboro
3924 Sedgebrook St, High Point

Numerous locations throughout the Triad
~Great food (doesn’t “feel” like fast food), wonderful service, usually a kids’ play area!

Cafe Pasta
305 State St, Greensboro, NC
~They offer the best of both worlds: an upscale dining experience but casual enough so that kids are welcome too! They are always willing to make something special (smaller portion) for kids too.

Monte de Rey
3930 Harper Rd, Clemmons
~Super fast, and servers are always friendly to the kids! Kids love the special cinnamon dessert tortilla chip with whipped cream we get (free) after dinner. Plus, chips on the table right away quiet the hungries!

*Gluten-Free Options Available