In general, Tucson is a family-friendly city with numerous attractions for families, including the Tucson Children’s Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. To feed hungry families, the city also features family restaurants that provide kids’ menus. They provide a family atmosphere and downsized dishes. Many restaurants also feature healthy kid’s items, not just kiddy foods like fried chicken and fries.
Little Anthony’s Diner
7010 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85710
Little Anthony’s Diner looks features black-and-white checkerboard décor accented by reds and resembles a 1950’s style restaurant. Most of the menu items are kid-friendly, which included cheeseburgers, pizza, chicken fingers and ice cream. It serves soft drinks, beer and wine. The Little Anthony’s Car Show showcases antique cars and a jumping castle for kids. The staff is really attentive to children, and kids enjoy the oversized car in front of the building. My daughter loves the restaurant because it has bright colors and the waitresses’ 50s-style dresses. The Gaslight Theatre, a part of the restaurant, schedules family-friendly diner theater, including interactive shows for kids. Little Anthony’s serves breakfast on the weekend.
120 S. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Mimi’s Café has two locations in Tucson, both offering patio seating. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. I like this family restaurant because it doesn’t just serve typical kids items like chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and burgers. The kids menu also includes grilled chicken and vegetables, soup and salad, turkey and flatbread pizza. Side items are kettle chips, fresh vegetables, fruit and apple sauce. My daughter likes real food, so I’ll split items on the adult menu because the serving sizes are so big. Mimi’s also has miniatures of dessert items.
El Charro Café
311 N. Court Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
The first El Charro Café, which opened in downtown Tucson in 1922, is the nation’s oldest continually operating Mexican restaurant in the nation. It serves Sonoran-style Mexican food. The niños menu features grilled chicken strips, bean burritos with cheese, beef tacos, beef nachos and cheese quesadillas. Kid’s Happy Hour happens daily from three to six years old; children younger than 10 eat for only $2. Side items include French fries, fruit, refried beans and rice. It also offers kid’s party packages. Parents can ask for wheat-free and gluten-free items. Families can share the El Charro dessert sampler, which includes caramel flan, vanilla bean ice cream, tres leches and arroz con leche.
These restaurants not only provide a variety of kids’ items; parents save money on meals. Select restaurants make dining an entertaining experience.