5 Restaurants That Make Us Wish We Were Kids Again

05/06/2014 at 04:07 PM ET

Best Kids' Restaurants
Courtesy Ella’s Deli

By now, anyone not living under a giant heap of crème caramel knows that Jessica Biel is opening a kid-friendly L.A. eatery called Au Fudge (otherwise known as the most Instagrammed not-yet-open restaurant in history). At last look, Biel’s business partner Estee Stanley was getting up close and personal with some pasta in the menu-planning stage.

While we wait for the doors to open… road trip! These five family-friendly spots have a similar recipe: good food all ages will enjoy, plus fun activities to keep kids occupied so Mom and Dad can actually finish a meal. Sign us up for seconds.

Best Kids' Restaurants
Courtesy Crown & Crumpet

Crown & Crumpet, San Francisco
You’re never too old for a tea party, but as the adults sip strawberry oolong and trade gossip over toasted crumpets at this English-style salon, kids can clock some quality time with a tea fairy who does glittery face painting, a magic show and balloon twisting.

Best Kids' Restaurants
Courtesy The Airplane Restaurant

The Airplane Restaurant, Colorado Springs, CO
Flight, meet food. Eating inside an actual 1952 Boeing tanker is cool enough, but we hear that kids who mind their manners (and finish their veggies!) may just get invited into the cockpit to test-drive the pilot’s seat.

Best Kids' Restaurants
Courtesy Ella’s Deli

Ella’s Deli, Madison, WI
The kosher deli and ice cream parlor had us at “12-page dessert menu,” but the promise of a Humpty Dumpty sundae (it looks like a clown’s face, complete with cone “hat”) and teddy bear French toast means we’ll be flipping straight to the kiddie options. The perfect way to end the sugar high? A spin on Ella’s ornate renovated 1927 carousel, a truly rare find.

Best Kids' Restaurants
Courtesy The Moxie Spot

The Moxie Spot, Brooklyn, NY
Foosball, bingo, disco night, board games – it would be hard to get bored waiting for your grass-fed burger or made-to-order chocolate doughnut with so many diversions. We wonder: Do families go more for the playing or the eating?

Best Kids' Restaurants
Courtesy Casa Bonita

Casa Bonita, Lakewood, CO
This Denver-area Mexican restaurant isn’t exactly the spot for a quiet family dinner – it seats more than 1,000. After fajitas, there’s a puppet theater, arcade, haunted tunnel, and even a 30-foot waterfall with cliff divers. Now that’s the whole enchilada.

—Brooke Showell

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Michelle Kitma-Ofiana on

Reblogged this on Homewriters Hub and commented:
If I were A Kid again….

sara on

Kosher and kosher-style are NOT the same thing! A kosher deli would not be serving ice cream sundaes, as they wouldn’t mix milk and meat products. Don’t advertise a great deli as something it’s not!

Karen on

I live in CO and trust me.. do NOT eat at Casa Bonita.. The worst food that your will ever get into your digestive system. Cool place to visit and good sopapilla but that is it.. you may be sick as you leave if you decide to eat.. Take heed. Its cool to visit, have a soda but DONT eat the food! The airplane is just Meh… at best. Over priced and not that cool.

Liz on

Eric Cartman once had a dream of dinner at Casa Bonita…

Anonymous on

Jessica! I love the idea of a kid-friendly environment. My husband and I have brainstormed for several months of such a place. I pray that you are able to successfully get this restaurant into existence. The idea of kids and parents enjoying dinner altogether is exciting! I would love to initiate such a partnership in the south..

Anonymous on

My parents took me to casa Bonita as a kid. I thought for 10 years that it was the rain forest cafe that had the cliff divers. Imagine my disappointment when I finally went to a rain Forrest cafe.

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