LIFESTYLE

Lunching with Little Ones: Family-Friendly Dining Downtown

Planning a trip Downtown can be a huge undertaking when you have small kiddos, so why not decrease the amount to pack with family-friendly dining options? There are several restaurants Downtown that are a perfect place to refuel before or after you play in the city.

If your feet need a break after exploring the Gateway Arch Park, walk no further than Bailey’s Range. Bailey’s is well known for its delicious grass-fed burgers and tasty shakes made with its homemade ice cream. The restaurant has a kid’s menu that features grass-fed hot dogs and other youngster favorites all priced at $5. Be prepared for the glorious ice cream bar that greets you upon entrance, as your little ones are sure to notice

Before or after a trip to the City Museum, consider Rooster for breakfast or lunch. This eatery has several child-friendly items available, including kid-favorite Nutella banana crepes. For the more mature palate there are options like burgers, savory crepes and a wide variety of scrambles. Rooster has two locations: one Downtown and another located on South Grand Boulevard.

Visiting the Blue’s Museum? Try Sugarfire Smoke House BBQ, which is located next door. A recent addition to Washington Avenue, Sugarfire is a St. Louis favorite. Its menu ranges from sandwiches to shakes, with a wide variety of classic and newfangled sides. This restaurant offers a special kids’ meal for $6 that includes a sandwich, side and drink. Sugarfire has a family-style vibe with arcade games and community tables that both your wee ones and your teenagers will appreciate.

While this Washington Avenue destination may sound too grownup for young taste buds, Blondie’s Coffee and Wine Bar has family-friendly elements perfect for youngsters. This business has a beautiful patio that is fenced in, providing additional street safety and peace of mind. Its menu contains delectable pastries, all-day breakfast and lunch, and a kids’ menu. Grab a cup of coffee while you’re there to power through the rest of the day.

If you’re looking for open space and outdoor dining options, Sauce On The Side is located within Old Post Office Plaza and offers a large patio next to a public commons area ideal for wandering kiddos. It doesn’t have a specific kids menu but the calzones are large enough for family sharing. If you’re looking to end your day with a special treat, there are several mouth-watering dessert options like the pumpkin pie or caramel apple pie calzone.

Downtown St. Louis is a hub for entertainment with no shortage of family-friendly (often free!) opportunities to play. If you make your way to Keiner Plaza, City Garden, The Gateway Arch, City Museum, the National Blues Museum or any other number of kid-encouraged attractions, be sure to stop by one of these fantastic eateries. Share your experience using the hashtag #mySTL to help other families navigate the heart of St. Louis.