• Posted on 03/19/2012

With so many choices in Orlando, visitors and locals alike might have trouble deciding where to take the family for good food and fun. Before you head to your usual spot, take a little inspiration from the magic Orlando offers in one of these kid-friendly restaurants, and turn a meal into a memorable family experience.


T-REX Café
The newest themed-dining addition to Downtown Disney, T-REX is a time machine to an interactive prehistoric environment. Life-size animatronic dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and aquariums offer something to discover at every turn. Between bites of delicious Layers of the Earth Lasagna or the Gigantosaurus Burger, families will be enchanted by all the creatures found among cascading waterfalls, bubbling geysers and a fossil dig site.

NBA City
Got a little sports fan in your family? Universal CityWalk ‘s NBA City evokes the classic basketball arenas of the 1940s and 50s, serving excellent American fare that will score points with anyone. Twice named Orlando's best themed restaurant by the Orlando Sentinel, NBA City offers some of the best sandwiches and pizzas in CityWalk with a fun atmosphere that kids love.

Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Café
Rainforest Café is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds! The menu features crowd-pleasers like burgers, pastas, and exotic salads, but tropical treats like the chocolate-y Sparkling Volcano will really wow the whole family. With two locations, one at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the other in Downtown Disney, the lush tropical rain forest comes to life through a combination of animated wildlife and special effects, making it a "wild place to eat and shop."

Bubbalou's Bodacious Barbeque
A famous Orlando favorite, this finger-lickin' food is served in five Orlando locations. Too yummy not to share, the BBQ options from chicken to sliced pork sandwiches come in kid servings too. With all the southern sides you could ask for and even homemade desserts, Bubbalou's was named one of America's top barbeque restaurants by Zagat's Restaurant Survey, and publications like Southern Living and USA Today.

Sugar Mill

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill & Griddle House
Opened in 1961 inside the DeLeon Springs State Park, this distinctive restaurant brings a whole new experience to a family breakfast out. Kids become culinary artists as they create their own pancakes on the personal griddles at each table! With pitchers of homemade pancake batter, the meal makes for a fun and creative family experience that couldn't be easier. Specialty toppings like bananas, peanut butter, pecans and apples add a tasty flourish to each griddle work-of-art, making this breakfast a cherished memory for all.

Park Plaza Gardens

Indulge in a little mother-daughter bonding or a birthday party fit for a queen at the Park Plaza Garden Tea Room. From delicate finger sandwiches, succulent scones, and of course, delicious hot teas, little ladies and grown-ups alike will love getting the real princess treatment. Afternoon tea, Royal Tea, dessert tea and themed teas are all available from 3 to 5 p.m. daily with a reservation made 24-hours prior.

Sweet Tomatoes 

Sweet Tomatoes
A family favorite, this buffet-style eatery offers healthy and nutritious options parents want for their kids, but with plenty of yummy sides and even desserts that are perfect eat-your-vegetables bribes! Fresh seasonal soups, salads, hot-from-the-oven baked goods and an ice cream bar make this affordable dining experience a real treat that everyone in the family enjoys. The monthly menu feature for March is "Feel like a kid again," with specialty items like creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese focaccia dippers. Yum!


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