Today I’m sharing part 2 of my favorite kid & parent-friendly restaurants in Nashville (make sure to check out Part 1 here). This series may keep going indefinitely because their are SO MANY delicious & creative family-friendly spots here in Nashville – and new places popping up by the week, it seems. My requirements are simple – the restaurant needs to serve alcohol – so that parents can relax and unwind – have a solid, tasty menu and bonus points if there is something specifically focused towards the kids. Please share your favorites in the comments and happy family date nights!
1. Burger Up
As I’ve said before, you can’t go wrong with burgers and beer. The atmosphere at Burger Up is fun and communal – the bench seating is perfect for kids. Their kids menus are pasted on the inside of a Dr. Seuss book – so after they order, they can read! Genius!
My 10-year-old insisted that I include Edley’s in this list – which is a good sign because she is also my pickiest eater! We just got an Edley’s on my side of town (walking distance to my house, actually) – but there are two more locations in Nashville and another in Lexington, Ky. They have a great menu, a fabulous bar, a beautiful outdoor dining area, and my kids can eat their weight in Edley’s banana pudding. You have to wait in line to order and they bring the food to your table. Also, drinks have to be ordered at the bar – but the restaurant is festive and local and perfect for a family night out.
3. Two Bits
I recommend you go early (but honestly, I recommend that for all of these hot spots with your little tikes). Two Bits has a unique menu (confit wings, pimento cheese BLT & more – yum!) a full bar and they serve kid drinks in honey bears. Also, they have a shuffleboard table, arcade games and board games – all free for guests to enjoy with your beer (& bear).
4. Bella Napoli
Bella Napoli serves classic Italian thin crust pizza which I love! The house wine is delicious, the kids can color on the white paper table clothes and then the whole crew can stop next door at Legato Gelato for dessert. Another perfect family date night!
I haven’t taken my kids here yet, but it is high on my list. Situated on a nine-acre farm, only ten minutes from downtown Nashville, The Old School has outside dining, a large event barn, a speakeasy-style music room and a fully restored historic 1936 schoolhouse. There is so much to see and do for families. The food is unbelievable. The kids menu includes several favorites and one of their desserts is a bottle of farm fresh milk and cookies. If that doesn’t scream childhood, I’m not sure what does. Finally, when you eat at the restaurant, you also support the Old School Farm whose primary mission is to provide employment to adults with intellectual disabilities. I just adore everything about this special place in Nashville.
(Magical Old School Farm Photo credit above to Paige Clancy)