What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in Houston?

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Beth DeLozier-Hayes

Haymerchant
A spacious patio of picnic benches for the kiddies to chill out, and a wide variety of craft beers and gourmet treats for Mom and Dad.  Both kids and parents will enjoy noshing on their warm pretzel with Chihuahua cheese dip, and spicy Wagyu Chili Pie.      

Cottonwood
Dozens of craft beers for Mom and Dad, a 2,000 sq ft patio for the kids.  Though Cottonwood is equal parts bar and restaurant, the outdoor area is so incredibly spacious, that you will often find families relaxing with their little ones during the lunch hour.  Older children will enjoy playing foosball and cornhole, while younger kids will have plenty of space to stretch their legs.    

Downtown Aquarium
As long as your family doesn’t get skittish eating amongst the ferocious sharks and stingrays, there are few restaurants in Houston as magical for the kiddies as the downtown Aquarium. The Skipper’s Shrimp and Fisherman’s Sticks will get them into the “fishy” spirit while they dine.

Barnaby’s
Themed after the owner’s childhood pup, a sheepdog named Barnaby, this local chain is as colorful as restaurants come.  With five locations, and a menu chock-full of comfort food, parents and little-one’s alike will find something to love.  I’m a sucker for their Danish Baby Back RIbs, and for breakfast your kids will adore their Buttermilk Pancakes.

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