Looks like something besides the food here blows....
As any parent can tell you, dining out with the wee ones in tow can sometimes be


Seattle's Top Spots for Dining With Tots

Looks like something besides the food here blows....
As any parent can tell you, dining out with the wee ones in tow can sometimes be more effort than it's worth. Spots designed with kids in mind (think mouse logo and animatronics) offer nearly inedible cuisine, served as an overpriced afterthought in an atmosphere so chaotic that normal digestion is out of the question. But the local haunts below keep it kid-friendly without sacrificing quality or ambience. So leave the giant bag of distractions you'd normally pack at home--these joints (organized into four convenient categories) have you covered:

Pizza : Kids love pizza. Grownups love beer. These spots marry the two beautifully.

Proletariat Pizza (9622 16th Ave. S.W., White Center)

All the games, fun and kid distraction you could ask for with pizza so delicious it will keep you coming back.

All Purpose Pizza (2901 S/ Jackson St/)

Spendy but worth it seems to be the consensus at this South Seattle parlor, which features big-screen televisions plus a mini-kitchen, where your chef in the making gets to literally play with their food. As one Voracious-reading mom put it: "Kids get a piece of dough and their own kitchen to play in, while parents get pints of Maiden in the Shade." Sold, ma'am!

Flying Squirrel Pizza Co/Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave. N.W.)

This club so cleverly converts to kid-friendly in the evening (5-9 p.m.), you'd think you were in Austin, Tears. Monthly Monday family movie nights and reasonably priced 'za make this a Ballard parent fave.

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Cafe Culture

Easy Street Records and Cafe (4559 California Ave. S/W/)

Faster than you can say "Holy Park Slope, Batman!" on any Sunday morning, this West Seattle staple fills to the brim with hip parents and their music-loving offspring aged infant to teen. Crayons and paper are available to pass the time, as well as record browsing, of course, and the good-natured staff shrug off spills, kid noise, and picky food requests as par for the course. Try a-la-carting a side of scrambled eggs and a Mighty-O doughnut. It's enough food to feed two preschoolers for under $5.

Twirl Cafe (2111 Queen Anne Ave N) Twirl Cafe bills itself as "a creative play space and cafe, offering a unique learning environment for little ones." It features organic sandwiches, small plates, and of course, beer, wine and coffee for the 'rents. Supervised playtime is available at $8 an hour with purchase on Wednesday from 9 a.m. till noon. A great space for meetings with your kid in tow.

Vios Cafe and Marketplace (903 19th Ave. E.)

The perfect spot for parents to get their Greek on. Featuring a well stocked play area with books and toys galore, where your kids can be entertained, occupied, and introduced to the joys of authentic "hommus" all in one visit.

Puttin' on your Fancy Pants

Whether Grandma and Grandpa are buying or you're one of those couples who celebrate your anniversary with the whole family, sometimes life requires you do the cloth napkin thing.

St. Clouds (1131 34th Ave.)

Attire maybe casual at this Madrona hot spot, but the food is anything but. Classy comfort food, frequent charity nights and "Will's Grill"--a menu exclusively for kids--make this the kind of place sure to impressive out-of-towners.

Etta's Seafood (2020 Western Ave.)

Even the fussiest eater can't say no to Panko-breaded fish and chips. With its market-fresh fish and tourist-friendly location, you'll see tons of other families enjoying their food and time together at this Tom Douglas classic.

Sugar, Sugar!

Cupcake Royale (4556 California Ave. S.W.)

Two Words: Sprinkle Bar.

Trophy Cupcakes (1815 N. 45th St.)

Your young one may be satisfied with anything sweet, but you require more from your caloric splurges. Trophy's lil' cakes are treadmill worthy. Try the Tiger Tail, their take on a raspberry zinger full of coconut goodness that will turn you into a Trophy devotee.

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream (917 E. Pine St.)

Mouthwatering quality both kids and adults can appreciate. This is the destination location you can use to bribe (dreaded doctor's appointments) or reward (straight A's?) your kids into doing just about anything.

For the most comprehensive list (from gluten-free to kids-eat-free) of kid-friendly Seattle dining ever assembled check out Red Tricycle Seattle.

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