Picky Kid Eats Cleveland’s Top 10: East Side Edition
Tommy’s is a no brainer if you have kids! They have a huge menu, killer French fries and the most to die for milk shakes!! What kid wouldn’t want to eat here? The staff is super friendly and make sure the kids get exactly what they want, even so nothing touches anything else!! Picky Kid loves the BLT at Tommy’s, but he’s been known to also enjoy a plain jane hamburger!! Always, fries and either a root beer or oreo milk shake!!
BONUS: It won’t break the bank to eat here!
BOMBA is the perfect place to go with kids who are picky. Why? Because you can enjoy a yummy cocktail that will make you feel like you are sitting on the beach and eat healthy food, while your kids enjoy their tacos, with all of the ingredients separated, so they can make their own tacos with the ingredients that they want and you don’t have to worry about picking off any they don’t!! Plus BOMBA uses sustainable ingredients whenever possible!!!
BONUS: Kids eat FREE every Tuesday with every paying adult.
We love Los Arcos. It’s a family owned business on Green Road with authentic Mexican food!! The owners are always there and treat our kids like kings! Picky Kid loves their Salsa, won’t eat any other!! He also like’s their wings, but that’s another story!! They make really good margarita’s and chances are, they have something on their menu for everyone!! Make sure to go early on the weekends, as JCU kids fill the place up quick!
BONUS: Affordable for families and college students alike!
I can’t say enough about Michael’s at The Van Aken District!! It’s totally the place you want to go all the time, but it’s not a kid place at all in terms of the menu! But it’s Picky Kid’s favorite burger and cracklin’ in town!! They also have pizza, so kids can par take in some really good, not your ordinary favorite Italian food. Since the kids are done, I love to get a few appetizers and call it a meal!! I also really love the Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder!! And now I need to get a reservation!
BONUS: Make sure to order a Mijito, you won’t be sorry!
Tav Co is so awesome and chill and it always reminds my husband and I of pubs in Ireland and England. You know, great food, family friendly and then at a certain time it’s only for adults with some great drinks!! The last time we went, they had some soft pretzels on the menu as appetizers and that’s one thing that Picky Kid can’t resist (hello!! CARBS!). It was one of the best soft pretzels ever and no surprise, but On the Rise Bakery makes them for Tav Co!! Tav Co is our go to when we want something relaxed, delicious, and a good drink for Mom and Dad!
BONUS: Your husband will be happy, they have beer, pretzels and burgers!
Pearl Asian Kitchen
If you can get your kid to eat other things besides French fries and applesauce, then try Chinese food!! Pearl Asian is the perfect place to acclimate your kiddo to another culture of flavors because they will make it any way you want!! Want fried rice but not the peas in it, done. Want General Tsao’s but need the sauce on the side, DONE!!
BONUS: They are so accommodating, so if you have any allergies or picky kids, just let them know!!
Firebirds is one of those constant restaurants where you know you will always get a good meal. Since Picky Kid is growning up, he likes fancier restaurants that still has a good chicken wing on it’s menu and Firebirds is it!! They are smoked and it makes him feel more grown up. Plus, I’m always happy when we go there too, because again, cocktails and wine are the way to my heart these days 😊
BONUS: Check out the FIREBAR during Happy Hour for specials and reduced prices on apps!
Melt is in a category of it’s own. Yes, it’s super kid friendly, but their sandwiches on the menu incorporates everything your adult palate craves all in one bite!! While Picky Kid usually goes with a Kindergartener, he’s inching to the Wet Hot Buffalo because hot sauce is his life!!
BONUS: Every Tuesday, Kids eat for only $2 (10 and under)!
B Spot Burgers
My kids really like fries and B Spot has some of the best around!!! Picky Kid’s favorite chicken sandwich is the Chick Magnet, plain, just chicken, bread and some spicy sauce that’s on the table. Sometimes we also like to splurge and share a milkshake or two because they are beyond amazing!!!
BONUS: Get a $5 burger during Happy Hour Monday thru Friday!!
Again, this place knows kids and kids at heart. Great place to grab pizza, homemade pasta and the fun of Little Italy. I think if Picky Kid could eat anywhere for the rest of his life, it’s here!!
BONUS: Super affordable menu and homemade pasta!!
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