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These Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Atlanta Offer More Than Chicken Nuggets

From dim sum to a restaurant with views of an airport

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While the majority of Atlanta’s restaurants are pretty kid-friendly — some with menus to match — parents still feel pressured to find meals which not only suit their needs, but the needs of their children, too. It’s a nice gesture for restaurants to offer a kids menu, but not all parents want their little ones dining on chicken nuggets, corn dogs, and butter noodles before running off to a playscape. The following list of restaurants is a mix of known, kid-approved spots with pint-sized portions of the adult menu and a few under-the-radar suggestions to consider.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. O4W Pizza

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3117 Main St
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 587-5420
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ITP pizza lovers still mourn the relocation of O4W Pizza to Duluth, but this Eater 38 spot is well worth the drive north to Gwinnett County with the family. Diners continue to rave about the New Jersey-style grandma pie, with garlic, marinara, mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, pecorino, and fresh basil. Owner Anthony Spina just opened Nina & Rafis offering Detroit-style pizzas in the Old Fourth Ward at SPX Alley on the Beltline

The grandma pie. O4W Pizza

2. Farm Burger Dunwoody

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4514B Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 454-2201
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Farm Burger has been a hit with families since the day the first outpost opened in 2008. Burgers here are made with 100 percent grass-fed beef and pork or free range chicken. Sides and condiments are created using organic, local ingredients straight from the farm. The Lil’ Farmers menu offers pint-sized burgers and a grass-fed beef hot dog along with a grilled cheese. There are now four Atlanta locations in Buckhead, Decatur, Dunwoody, and the newest outpost in Grant Park.

Farm Burger

3. Miss Gogi

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6035 Peachtree Rd Ste C115
Atlanta, GA 30360
(770) 220-3003

Korean barbecue is all about family-style dining. Try Miss Gogi, located across from Kula Revolving Sushi Bar (great option for sushi-loving families) in the Super H Mart plaza in Doraville. Clean and bright with good ventilation and quality meats, order the samgyupsal—thick slices of marinated pork, grilled on a flat top, and served with banchan.

4. Oriental Pearl

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5399 New Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 986-9866
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For a family meal where everyone gets what they want, there’s dim sum at Oriental Pearl. The Atlanta Chinatown restaurant offers a full dim sum experience with servers pushing carts of various dumplings, buns, rice dishes, and desserts all for the taking to share with the table. Oriental Pearl also includes a standard menu of dishes beyond its dim sum.

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5. Food Terminal

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5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341
(678) 353-6110
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Even the pickiest eater in the family will find something within the pages of Food Terminal’s magazine of menu options. The sleek and modern Malaysian and Asian street food restaurant on Buford Highway in Chamblee offers everything from hot noodle soups to barbecue spare ribs to dumplings to skewers of meat to curry and roti plates. Order a variety of dishes to share family-style.

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6. Downwind Restaurant and Lounge

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2000 Airport Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 452-0973
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The food here may not be fancy, but that’s not why airplane owners, enthusiasts, and families come to Downwind at Peachtree Dekalb Airport (PDK). This nearly 30-year-old, family-owned restaurant and bar serves everything from chicken wings to turkey clubs and BLTs to burgers, and everything in-between. The best part about dining at Downwind is watching the planes taking off and landing at the small airport. Sit on the patio for the best views.

7. Muss & Turner's

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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Muss & Turner’s in Smyrna serves up sandwiches and salads with a side of sophistication. Grown-ups in the party can orders classics like the reuben with corn beef brisket or a lamb and pork gryo topped with barrel aged feta paired with a local beer or a cocktail. M&T doesn’t dumb down their kids menu. Little ones can dine on pulled pork, beef sliders, and seasonal vegetables, too. A solid place for a quick and easy night out with the family. On nights without the kids, check out the restaurant’s speakeasy, Eleanor’s, behind the cooler door.

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8. Howell's Kitchen and Bar

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1962 Howell Mill Rd #100
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 565-2221
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Howell’s Kitchen and Bar located in the Berkshire complex on Howell Mill Road just south of Collier Road, opened last December and is already a family favorite for the surrounding neighborhoods. The menu consists of pizzas, snacks like mozzarella sticks or hummus and pita, several burger options as well as cocktails, beer, and wine. The restaurant also features 24 beers on tap, fire pits, cornhole, and bocce ball court to keep the kids busy while waiting for food.

9. R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

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1858, 1812 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 881-0246
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There isn’t anything quite like R. Thomas’ in Atlanta, and there wasn’t anyone quite like the man who built the popular 24-hour breakfast spot on Peachtree Street (RIP Sir Richard.) After more than 30 years, Thomas’s legacy is still a restaurant filled with quirky decor, his beloved birds, and a menu of healthy breakfast and brunch fare.

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10. Varuni Napoli

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1540 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 709-2690
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Varuni Napoli is the spot to grab Neapolitan-style pizzas in the Morningside neighborhood. The pizzeria is often filled with area families grabbing dinner after work and school. While the little ones take down a classic margherita pizza, parents can be seen sipping red wine and enjoying a porreca piccante topped with mozzarella, hot peppers, and spicy soppressata and pork sausage. Varuni Napoli now has a second location inside Krog Street Market.

Pizza ovens at the original Varuni Napoli
[Photo: Matthew Wong]
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11. Souper Jenny

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1082 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 603-9977
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Head to one of Souper Jenny’s locations in Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Westside for healthy takes on soups and sandwiches. There’s gluten free and vegan options on the menu, too. Check each location’s website for the daily menu. A Roswell location opens in March.

12. La Fonda Latina

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1025 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 249-2272
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A longtime family favorite, La Fonda Latina serves a mix of Spanish, Mexican, and Cuban dishes including tacos, burritos, and quesadillas along with paella and cubano sandwiches. The cantina has four locations in Buckhead, Westside, on Ponce de Leon, and in Candler Park. The group behind the cantina also own two other family favorites: Fellini’s Pizza and Greater Good Barbecue. A fourth outpost of Greater Good is opening just up the road from La Fonda’s Westside locale on Howell Mill Road in the former Vintage Frozen Custard space.

13. Arepa Mia

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10 N Clarendon Ave
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 600-3509
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Arepa Mia in Avondale Estates has been making arepas (unleavened, Venezuelan bread filled with a variety of toppings) for nearly a decade in Atlanta. The menu consists of arepas topped with beef, chicken, seafood, avocado, or scrambled eggs as well as empanadas, cachapas (Venezuelan sweet or savory pancake), and pabellón with shredded beef, black beans, fried plantains, queso, and jasmine rice. The restaurant offers a nice list of local and craft beers for thirsty parents, a bright and cheerful interior, and a sunny front patio for al fresco dining.

14. Rising Son

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124 N Avondale Rd
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 600-5297
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While lines snake out the door at many of Atlanta’s uber popular weekend breakfast and brunch spots, there are still plenty of places around town to grab a great meal without a giant line. Enter Rising Son in Avondale Estates. The restaurant offers Southern comfort breakfast, lunch, and brunch fare with a local spin. Much of the restaurant’s produce, eggs, and meat come from area farmers. Dishes worth the order include the frittata ensalada with eggs, roasted tomato, shallots, arugula, and parmesan, the fried trout and grits, or the chorizo and scrambled egg tacos. Order a meat and 1, 2, or 3 platter at lunch. Supper is served on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 5 p.m.

15. Chai Pani Decatur

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406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-4030
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Fast and friendly food and service is part of what makes Chai Pani in downtown Decatur a popular spot for families. Chai Pani’s signature Indian street food snacks and dishes include a few with local twists, like the kale pakoras, as well as traditional dishes such as the thali-style platters. The restaurant even offers a kids menu with pint-sized portions of uttapam (south Indian flat bread with toppings) and a kathi roll with chicken, cheese, and rice.

16. Folk Art Restaurant

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465 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 537-4493
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The diner-like Folk Art is a bright and cheery spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Inman Park filled with vintage decor and a menu of comforting, homey fare. Try any of the restaurant’s popular pancakes, waffles, and omelets for breakfast. For lunch, order the go-big-or-go-home “bad to the bone” sandwich with roasted pork shoulder topped with collard green cole slaw and date chili bourbon barbecue sauce. Don’t miss out on the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo here. A kids menu includes everything from fried shrimp to French toast to Greek yogurt and granola.

Folk Art

17. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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Kids in a brewpub? Yep. Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Little Five Points is a popular spot to dine for area families. The food, under the careful guidance of chef Terry Koval and his team, includes farm-fresh ingredients from the restaurant’s own farm, Wrecking Barn. The menu changes often and with the seasons. There’s also a seasonal kids menu with a vegetable plate and sometimes steak, trout, and a burger, too. For parents looking to indulge in a beer, Wrecking Bar offers an extensive, pages-long beer list. There’s often up to 15 of the brewpub’s beers on tap.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

1. O4W Pizza

3117 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096
The grandma pie. O4W Pizza

ITP pizza lovers still mourn the relocation of O4W Pizza to Duluth, but this Eater 38 spot is well worth the drive north to Gwinnett County with the family. Diners continue to rave about the New Jersey-style grandma pie, with garlic, marinara, mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, pecorino, and fresh basil. Owner Anthony Spina just opened Nina & Rafis offering Detroit-style pizzas in the Old Fourth Ward at SPX Alley on the Beltline

3117 Main St
Duluth, GA 30096

2. Farm Burger Dunwoody

4514B Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Farm Burger

Farm Burger has been a hit with families since the day the first outpost opened in 2008. Burgers here are made with 100 percent grass-fed beef and pork or free range chicken. Sides and condiments are created using organic, local ingredients straight from the farm. The Lil’ Farmers menu offers pint-sized burgers and a grass-fed beef hot dog along with a grilled cheese. There are now four Atlanta locations in Buckhead, Decatur, Dunwoody, and the newest outpost in Grant Park.

4514B Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

3. Miss Gogi

6035 Peachtree Rd Ste C115, Atlanta, GA 30360

Korean barbecue is all about family-style dining. Try Miss Gogi, located across from Kula Revolving Sushi Bar (great option for sushi-loving families) in the Super H Mart plaza in Doraville. Clean and bright with good ventilation and quality meats, order the samgyupsal—thick slices of marinated pork, grilled on a flat top, and served with banchan.

6035 Peachtree Rd Ste C115
Atlanta, GA 30360

4. Oriental Pearl

5399 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341
Emily K/Yelp

For a family meal where everyone gets what they want, there’s dim sum at Oriental Pearl. The Atlanta Chinatown restaurant offers a full dim sum experience with servers pushing carts of various dumplings, buns, rice dishes, and desserts all for the taking to share with the table. Oriental Pearl also includes a standard menu of dishes beyond its dim sum.

5399 New Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

5. Food Terminal

5000 Buford Hwy NE, Chamblee, GA 30341
Food Terminal
Food Terminal
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Even the pickiest eater in the family will find something within the pages of Food Terminal’s magazine of menu options. The sleek and modern Malaysian and Asian street food restaurant on Buford Highway in Chamblee offers everything from hot noodle soups to barbecue spare ribs to dumplings to skewers of meat to curry and roti plates. Order a variety of dishes to share family-style.

5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341

6. Downwind Restaurant and Lounge

2000 Airport Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

The food here may not be fancy, but that’s not why airplane owners, enthusiasts, and families come to Downwind at Peachtree Dekalb Airport (PDK). This nearly 30-year-old, family-owned restaurant and bar serves everything from chicken wings to turkey clubs and BLTs to burgers, and everything in-between. The best part about dining at Downwind is watching the planes taking off and landing at the small airport. Sit on the patio for the best views.

2000 Airport Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

7. Muss & Turner's

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309, Smyrna, GA 30080
Muss & Turner’s Muss & Turner’s

Muss & Turner’s in Smyrna serves up sandwiches and salads with a side of sophistication. Grown-ups in the party can orders classics like the reuben with corn beef brisket or a lamb and pork gryo topped with barrel aged feta paired with a local beer or a cocktail. M&T doesn’t dumb down their kids menu. Little ones can dine on pulled pork, beef sliders, and seasonal vegetables, too. A solid place for a quick and easy night out with the family. On nights without the kids, check out the restaurant’s speakeasy, Eleanor’s, behind the cooler door.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080

8. Howell's Kitchen and Bar

1962 Howell Mill Rd #100, Atlanta, GA 30318

Howell’s Kitchen and Bar located in the Berkshire complex on Howell Mill Road just south of Collier Road, opened last December and is already a family favorite for the surrounding neighborhoods. The menu consists of pizzas, snacks like mozzarella sticks or hummus and pita, several burger options as well as cocktails, beer, and wine. The restaurant also features 24 beers on tap, fire pits, cornhole, and bocce ball court to keep the kids busy while waiting for food.

1962 Howell Mill Rd #100
Atlanta, GA 30318

9. R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

1858, 1812 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill r. thomas’, facebook

There isn’t anything quite like R. Thomas’ in Atlanta, and there wasn’t anyone quite like the man who built the popular 24-hour breakfast spot on Peachtree Street (RIP Sir Richard.) After more than 30 years, Thomas’s legacy is still a restaurant filled with quirky decor, his beloved birds, and a menu of healthy breakfast and brunch fare.

1858, 1812 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Varuni Napoli

1540 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Pizza ovens at the original Varuni Napoli
[Photo: Matthew Wong]
Matthew Wong/Eater Atlanta

Varuni Napoli is the spot to grab Neapolitan-style pizzas in the Morningside neighborhood. The pizzeria is often filled with area families grabbing dinner after work and school. While the little ones take down a classic margherita pizza, parents can be seen sipping red wine and enjoying a porreca piccante topped with mozzarella, hot peppers, and spicy soppressata and pork sausage. Varuni Napoli now has a second location inside Krog Street Market.

1540 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

11. Souper Jenny

1082 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Head to one of Souper Jenny’s locations in Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Westside for healthy takes on soups and sandwiches. There’s gluten free and vegan options on the menu, too. Check each location’s website for the daily menu. A Roswell location opens in March.

1082 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

12. La Fonda Latina

1025 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

A longtime family favorite, La Fonda Latina serves a mix of Spanish, Mexican, and Cuban dishes including tacos, burritos, and quesadillas along with paella and cubano sandwiches. The cantina has four locations in Buckhead, Westside, on Ponce de Leon, and in Candler Park. The group behind the cantina also own two other family favorites: Fellini’s Pizza and Greater Good Barbecue. A fourth outpost of Greater Good is opening just up the road from La Fonda’s Westside locale on Howell Mill Road in the former Vintage Frozen Custard space.

1025 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

13. Arepa Mia

10 N Clarendon Ave, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Arepa Mia in Avondale Estates has been making arepas (unleavened, Venezuelan bread filled with a variety of toppings) for nearly a decade in Atlanta. The menu consists of arepas topped with beef, chicken, seafood, avocado, or scrambled eggs as well as empanadas, cachapas (Venezuelan sweet or savory pancake), and pabellón with shredded beef, black beans, fried plantains, queso, and jasmine rice. The restaurant offers a nice list of local and craft beers for thirsty parents, a bright and cheerful interior, and a sunny front patio for al fresco dining.

10 N Clarendon Ave
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

14. Rising Son

124 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

While lines snake out the door at many of Atlanta’s uber popular weekend breakfast and brunch spots, there are still plenty of places around town to grab a great meal without a giant line. Enter Rising Son in Avondale Estates. The restaurant offers Southern comfort breakfast, lunch, and brunch fare with a local spin. Much of the restaurant’s produce, eggs, and meat come from area farmers. Dishes worth the order include the frittata ensalada with eggs, roasted tomato, shallots, arugula, and parmesan, the fried trout and grits, or the chorizo and scrambled egg tacos. Order a meat and 1, 2, or 3 platter at lunch. Supper is served on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 5 p.m.

124 N Avondale Rd
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

15. Chai Pani Decatur

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Fast and friendly food and service is part of what makes Chai Pani in downtown Decatur a popular spot for families. Chai Pani’s signature Indian street food snacks and dishes include a few with local twists, like the kale pakoras, as well as traditional dishes such as the thali-style platters. The restaurant even offers a kids menu with pint-sized portions of uttapam (south Indian flat bread with toppings) and a kathi roll with chicken, cheese, and rice.

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

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16. Folk Art Restaurant

465 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307
Folk Art

The diner-like Folk Art is a bright and cheery spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Inman Park filled with vintage decor and a menu of comforting, homey fare. Try any of the restaurant’s popular pancakes, waffles, and omelets for breakfast. For lunch, order the go-big-or-go-home “bad to the bone” sandwich with roasted pork shoulder topped with collard green cole slaw and date chili bourbon barbecue sauce. Don’t miss out on the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo here. A kids menu includes everything from fried shrimp to French toast to Greek yogurt and granola.

465 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

17. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Kids in a brewpub? Yep. Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Little Five Points is a popular spot to dine for area families. The food, under the careful guidance of chef Terry Koval and his team, includes farm-fresh ingredients from the restaurant’s own farm, Wrecking Barn. The menu changes often and with the seasons. There’s also a seasonal kids menu with a vegetable plate and sometimes steak, trout, and a burger, too. For parents looking to indulge in a beer, Wrecking Bar offers an extensive, pages-long beer list. There’s often up to 15 of the brewpub’s beers on tap.

292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

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