These Traverse City restaurants have special, kid-approved menus with the classics (chicken nuggets and grilled cheese) and also more adventurous options (pho Saigon with beef meatballs).

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Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

Perched on the 16th floor of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa with panoramic views of East Grand Traverse Bay. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Agave Mexican Grill

Find authentic, freshly made Mexican food including fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas and more. Open for lunch and dinner.

Blue Tractor Barbecue

Kids love the Little Squealers—house-smoked, hand-pulled pork sliders. Open for lunch and dinner.


A casually elegant spot overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay that offers kids a variety of options like buttered noodles and sauteed shrimp. Open for dinner.

Boone’s Long Lake Inn

This rambling log cabin is a classic with a children’s steak dinner and fried perch. Open for dinner.


A rustic-chic coffeehouse that also serves all-day breakfast and sandwiches. Open for breakfast and lunch.


Bubba’s loves kids! On Mondays after 4 p.m., kids eat half-off, and the menu has fun games on it to play while you wait for your chicken tenders or cheese quesadilla. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Dish Cafe

Enormous wraps for adults, half-sizes for kids. You can’t go wrong with classic combos like turkey and mayo or PB & J. Open for lunch and dinner.

Don’s Drive-In

This ’50s-style diner has burgers, fries, shakes and a jukebox. Open for lunch and dinner.

The Good Bowl

A Vietnamese eatery with classics like pho and rice bowls—and a special Just Pho Kids menu. Open for lunch and dinner.

Grand Traverse Pie Co.

A TC must—pie, sandwiches, quiche, salads and more. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Incredible Mo’s

Laser tag, a laser maze, bowling—and pizza! Open for lunch and dinner.

Jolly Pumpkin

Kids and adults love this restaurant tucked up on Old Mission Peninsula. Open for lunch and dinner. 

North Peak Brewing Co.

Kids can choose from entrees like roasted chicken and trout sticks or go with a cheese pizza and root beer float. Open for lunch and dinner. 

Red Mesa Grill

Authentic Latin cuisine and a fun, lively atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner. 

Sleder’s Family Tavern

Sleder’s is the oldest restaurant in Michigan—wow! Smooch the moose on your way out. Open for lunch and dinner. 

Photo(s) by Carly Paszek