I mostly have to credit readers with these suggestions of child-friendly restaurants because you have to be eating with your infant or toddler to really know how restaurants are going to treat you. Please note that in spite of the numbers, the restaurants are in alphabetical order:
Alexander's Tavern in Fells Point has a kids' menu, crayons and four Leapsters for children to play with while they wait for their orders.
Amicci's in Little Italy has a children's menu and high chairs. Probably the best choice for small kids in the popular tourist destination.
Clementine in Hamilton expanded and put in a lounge for adults after it opened with a play area for children.
Friendly Farm in Upperco. The archetypal child-friendly restaurant in the area, with family-style dining.
Golden West Cafe in Hampden probably got the most votes from readers for toys and a children's menu, and (for once it's a plus) noise, so no one notices if your kid is loud.
Iggies in Mount Vernon. People who love their dogs so much they name their gourmet pizza parlor after them are probably going to welcome kids as well.
Koco's Pub in Lauraville has a "children's corner," a kids' menu with a popsicle for dessert, and what some consider the best crab cake in town.
Lebanese Taverna in Harbor East. Who knew a restaurant in such a trendy neighborhood catering to young professionals would be welcoming to kids?
Sushi Hana in Towson has a koi pond and, unlike the new location, isn't crowded. MariaB suggested chicken on a stick and rice for little ones. She mentioned the staff is "kind and efficient."
Zen West in Govans. It's family friendly with a children's menu and a lively decor that appeals to youngsters.
readers talk back
Thanks for the warnings of where not to go when I'm already stressed.
Posted by: Frequent Little Italy Restaurant Visitor
You guys are sick. Kids in a sushi joint? That's just weird. Chicken on a stick? ... I see sword fights and stabbings by the spirited ones and I see fish being speared by the more industrious.
Posted by: cupofjoe
Mother's in Federal Hill is great with kids - at least in the older, front restaurant area. They have a great kids menu and terrific home made ice-cream for dessert.
Posted by: Kelly
Clementines doesn't have a children's menu unless it's changed recently. I couldn't find anything for lunch to make my picky eaters happy. Nothing works like plain old chicken tenders for children.
Posted by: Mother of 3 picky eaters
Wow - Some of you don't give kids much credit...I take my 2 1/2 year old for sushi all the time. She loves avocado rolls and miso soup. So what if she thinks the tofu cubes at the bottom of the bowl are pieces of cheese? :)
Posted by: Adrienne