Life with kids is a challenge in many ways, especially when it comes to dining out. Aside from getting them to sit through the meal and finding something they'll actually eat on the menu, there's the issue of finding a place that both kids and parents can enjoy together. Fortunately, there are many great restaurants suitable for kids in the Cary neighborhood.
Most kids love pizza, and Patrick Jane's — often called PJ's by locals — has tons of gourmet pies. You can make a custom personal pizza with pepperoni and the other usual suspects for your kids, and for yourself, try the Korean BBQ, Chicken Portobello, or Calabrese pizzas.
There are also filling salads, pastas, and delicious desserts on the menu. The restaurant also offers gluten-free options. Patrick Jane's uses fresh, natural, organic ingredients to make their food, which is a draw for many parents. You can visit Patrick Jane's at 1353 Kildaire Farm Road.
Few children don't like sweets, and the same can be said for their parents. When you want to treat yourselves to dessert or a special snack, head to Kilwins with your kids. This nostalgic confectionery, located at 2004 Boulderstone Way, has tons of mouthwatering candies, chocolates, and sweets on display.
Handmade marshmallows, truffles, taffy, and fudge are just a few of the items available. Kilwins also sells a variety of gourmet ice cream flavors, caramel apples, popcorn, and old fashioned brittle.
La Farm Bakery
La Farm Bakery, at 4248 NW Cary Parkway, is the place to take your kids when you want food with a bit of sophistication that children won't balk at. This charming bakery and cafe sells plenty of kid friendly fare, such as flatbreads and sandwiches, plus most kids will enjoy having one of La Farm Bakery's cookies or pastries. The kids menu here consists of entrees such as petite grilled cheese, ham and cheddar cheese on a Challah roll, and petite pizza with pepperoni.
For adults, the eatery offers delicious gourmet coffee and specialties such as eggs Florentine with smoked mornay sauce, Asian tuna salad, and spinach feta quiche. The restaurant also makes European style breads, pastries, and tarts that provide the perfect sweet finish to any meal.
Smokey's BBQ Shack
For a family dinner full of great comfort food and a kid friendly atmosphere, visit Smokey's BBQ Shack at 10800 Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville. If your family is a fan of Southern cuisine, you'll find plenty here to love. Smokey's has big BBQ platters that families can share, with favorites such as ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. BBQ sandwiches are also on the menu, along with sides such as potato salad, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, and onion rings.
One of the best things about Smokey's is kids age 5 and under eat free when you dine in and buy an adult meal. The kid's menu for children aged 6 to 10 consists of your choice of entree, side, and a juice box or fountain soda.
These establishments are just a few of the kid-friendly restaurants in Cary. Explore the area with your family to see what other great food finds await you.