Finding a restaurant that satisfies all members of the family, from toddlers to teens to grandparents, is sometimes a bigger task than getting the entire family together for a meal. If you’re in the Amherst, New York area and lucky enough to gather the clan for dinner sometime soon, try one of these family-friendly restaurants, all located in the Maple Rd. and Niagara Falls Blvd. area.
Buffalo Roadhouse Grill – located at 1980 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Tonawanda, the Buffalo Roadhouse offers “Kids Eat Free” night every Tuesday for those dining in – receive up to two free kids meals (ages 12 and under) with each adult entree purchased. The “Little Roadies” menu features kid favorites like Mac & Cheese, Pizza Logs, Grilled Cheese, and Spaghetti for $4.99; each meal is served with fries, plus a choice of soda, milk, or juice. For older kids and adults, The Buffalo Roadhouse Grill offers a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, salads, and much more; portions are generous, and prices are very affordable.
Red Robin – located at 4080 Maple Rd. in Amherst (a second location in Orchard Park is at 3460 Amelia Dr.), Red Robin has a throwback 1950s style with great food and plenty of televisions tuned into sports and cartoons (there’s one in the floor as you walk in, too). For the kids, a menu full of choices under $5 that will please parents as well – there are the basics (Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, and Chicken Fingers), but there’s also the Rad Robin Burger, available in beef, turkey, chicken, veggie, or BOCA; there’s even a choice of sides, with healthier options like carrots, Mandarin oranges, and melon slices. For adults, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and many entrees come with a Red Robin specialty – Bottomless Steak Fries with the most delicious special seasoning ever.
Friendly’s – this family-“Friendly” chain is located at 4350 Maple Rd. in Amherst, with a second location at 6651 Transit Rd. in Williamsville. Kids and adults can “create their own meal” at Friendly’s by choosing a drink, entrée, and dessert from their special menu at an all-inclusive price. Kids can choose from Cheeseburger Sliders, a variety of salads, or the chicken Wrap It Up among others, with choices of sides like apple sauce, mixed veggies, and carrot and celery sticks, in addition to a choice of beverage (including the Fribble) and a delicious ice cream dessert. Adults can choose from a traditional menu of sandwiches, burgers, and salads, or put together their own meal as well.