Houston, Texas is a city proud of its food and its culture. The options are endless, but the 3 most family friendly restaurants found within the inner loop are Chuy’s, Prince’s Hamburgers and the 59 Diner. All 3 are small chain restaurants big on their individuality.
The original Chuy’s Mexican restaurant was opened in Austin in 1982. The brand has expanded across Texas and even includes a location in Alabama and two in Tennessee. While each Chuy’s has its own individual vibe and décor, you can be certain that you will receive great service, delicious food made from the freshest ingredients and a dining experience that will delight all ages. The restaurants are eclectically decorated and Elvis is the go-to icon for the chain. In addition to the standard Elvis-themed décor, the River Oaks Chuy’s has a section with cut-outs of fish hanging from the ceiling and another section with hubcaps attached to the ceiling. The bar area is covered with photographs of dogs, sure to be one of the many items to attract oohs and aaahs from the animal lovers in your group.
Prince’s Hamburgers, located at the Southwest Freeway at Weslayan, offers some of the best hamburgers and shakes within the Houston city limits. The chain was founded in Dallas and expanded to Houston in 1934 as a drive-in, making it a local institution. While the drive-in experience is no more, the interior showcases the best of the era. It’s impossible to walk in and not start swaying to the tunes pouring out of the jukebox, and once you slide into a booth and take a look at the photos on the wall you’re transported to another, simpler time.
The final restaurant, the 59 Diner, is part of a popular local chain. The original location at Shepherd and Farnham opened in 1987. The location has a storied past and is the only one of the 3 restaurants mentioned that is opened around the clock. It is not only a family favorite, but a late night mecca that offers breakfast 24/7. Cramming the family inside the photo booth is a great way to memorialize a fun-filled restaurant experience.
While the options abound in Houston, these three restaurants stand out. The food is delicious, the environments are family friendly, and the staff members are courteous and seem to truly enjoy representing the restaurants.