Kid Tested, Happy Hour Approved

Southtowns Family Friendly Dining

During the week, we mostly eat at home amidst the chaos of after school activities and homework. My husband and I feel that it’s important to sit down and enjoy some family time with our kids over a meal, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. We’ve learned that family meal time requires a fair amount of planning and then having the fortitude of sticking to our plan. Without a plan, or our commitment, it’s simply easier to order out or dine and dash.

That being said, by Friday, all bets are off!

We appreciate life in Buffalo for many reasons. One that tops our list is the plethora of awesome local restaurants at our disposal. With so many options, we make a point to try different restaurants with our kids and the positive experiences get added to our rotation. The following Southtowns restaurants have made the coveted top spots on our list. Let’s face it – If our kids can stay content and eat most of their meal without issue, our dining experience is bliss. Having the ability to enjoy a long awaited glass of wine or cocktail? Icing on the cake!

Below is a sampling of some of our top choices, in no particular order:


Armor Inn Tap Room – 5381 Abbott Road, Hamburg

We tried this restaurant first for its convenience. A few miles from our house + a huge outdoor patio = score. We were rewarded for our laziness with a fun atmosphere, great kids’ meals (complete with a dish of ice cream), delicious salads and sandwiches, and a huge variety of beer on tap. Bonus – Kids Eat FREE on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entree.


Tony Romes Globe Hotel – 711 Main Street, East Aurora

We have a group of families that we regularly ski with. One cold winter Saturday we decided last minute to take our troops and end our day with a meal together. I had to make a few phone calls, knowing full well that a party of 6 adults with 7 kids was less than ideal for any restaurant. The Globe was happy to accommodate our request and even set us up in private room with plenty of space for the kids’ comfort (freedom to run circles around the table). They had a variety of adult specials and the kids were thrilled with their options of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken fingers, and grilled cheese.


OP Social Tap & Grill – 4247 N Buffalo Rd, Orchard Park

This restaurant opened a few months back and we immediately knew we needed to give it a whirl. It has great décor, including a really unique bar. This is one I would suggest only bringing slightly older kids with you (no official kids menu) and going to an early dinner since it can get crowded. They have scrumptious artisan pizzas that we shared, salads, and wings. I wouldn’t normally suggest wings beyond the Bar Bill, but my 9 year-old insists on trying them everywhere. And you know what… they were pretty darn good.


Ebenezer Ale House – 4348 Seneca Street, West Seneca

We originally sampled some of their food at the Taste of Buffalo. The Bavarian pretzel sticks practically begged us to visit. Upon walking in, we saw a variety of families accompanied by kids. Isn’t that always so reassuring when you take the plunge?  The food was absolutely delicious and I think about the baked goat cheese on a regular basis. The kids enjoyed the kids’ meal and my husband was thrilled with the beer selection. On our next visit, we hope to sit on the patio.


Juicy Burger Bar – 1 Buffalo Street, Hamburg

Who doesn’t love a good burger?  The choices are endless and include the option of a pretzel bun (see a theme here?) and the cutest presentation of fries I have ever seen. My 5 year old daughter was more than impressed. If you don’t want a burger, they also have other items on their menu, and they were also happy to accommodate a few special requests. All this reminiscing has inspired me to eat there tonight!

I could easily add five more to this list and I’d welcome your suggestions as well. There is something magical about carefree meals and no prep or clean up required! Where are your favorite places to treat the kids to a meal?

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Stacey Marks

Stacey Marks  moved back to Buffalo with her family in 2015 after a ten year hiatus in PA. She has a day job as a marketing professional in Corporate America. The rest of her time is spent resisting the urge to micromanage the daily lives of her husband and two kids.


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