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15 Kid-Friendly Restaurants That Go Beyond Chicken Tenders and Free Crayons

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There are few restaurants in New Orleans that aren’t kid-friendly, but some go far beyond free crayons and chicken tenders.

Eater searched out restaurants that had kids’ menus with items that weren’t just carbs and cheese in varying shades of beige. It found quite a food where it wasn’t just tolerated for kids to get up and wander, but encouraged.

And importantly — every single restaurant on this list is great for adults too (there’s not a Chucky Cheese to be found on it). Ranging from casual to fine dining, all but one sell booze.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Backyard

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244 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 309-8767
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Admittedly, The Backyard isn’t pushing any boundaries with its kids’ menu: hot dog, burger, sloppy joe, chicken bites, and grilled cheese served with fresh fruit, soft drink, and either fries or tots. But, that’s what The Backyard is all about — the kind of American comfort food best enjoyed with neighbors in the backyard on a Friday evening (but much better). And here’s the kicker: The Backyard has an actual yard with picnic tables and playground equipment, making it possible to tire the kids out and feed them at one time. The regular menu offers many of the same items as the kids’ menu with the addition of more sandwiches and a couple salads, plus some noteworthy appetizers like pimiento cheese, a stellar smoked tuna dip, smoked chicken wings, and muffaletta deviled eggs. Plus there’s a full bar with some creative cocktails and plenty of TVs to watch the game.

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2. The Velvet Cactus

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6300 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 301-2083
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Lakeview families swear by the family-friendly atmosphere at funky and colorful The Velvet Cactus. A large, enclosed outdoor patio is fit for the restless. The kids’ menu includes tacos, nachos, burritos, and — of course — chicken strips; most items ring in around $6. Plus, margaritas and a huge menu for the adults (chilaquiles, fajitas, salads, churro, and more).

3. Katie's

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3701 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-6582
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Katie’s is such a quintessential neighborhood spot that it’s only natural the staff welcomes the little ones with open arms. Beyond the comfortable atmosphere, you also don’t need a separate kids menu to satisfy, as age-appropriate items abound with options like quesadillas, chicken parm, and even a make-your-own-pasta section.

4. Bratz Y'all! Bistro Bakery Biergarten

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617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 301-3222
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A solid stateside representation of a German biergarten all the way down to the handwriting on the menus, Bratz Y’all’s outdoor area sits far back from the street with shaded picnic tables and fans. The giant pretzels are the main draw for kids, but the kids’ menu includes a pretzel dog, chicken schnitzel fingers (basically, chicken fingers) and a sausage plate. Plus, Bratz Y’all! is just around the corner from Crescent Park, perfect for checking out the mighty Mississippi before or after the meal.

5. Muriel's Jackson Square

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3206, 801 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 568-1885
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Muriel’s is so kid-friendly that a portion of the restaurant’s website is devoted to saying that children are welcome. The thing about it that makes it really special for kids is that there’s a table set for a ghost. The kids’ menu lacks much inspiration, but it covers the basics: chicken tenders, French fries, fried shrimp, mashed potatoes, grilled chicken breast, and pasta Alfredo. For the adults, there’s a lovely menu with shrimp and grits, turtle soup, gumbo, pecan-encrusted fish, and more. Make it in for lunch when bloody Marys, vodka, or gin martinis, and red and white wine, are poured for $4. Plus, the location just off Jackson Square can’t be beat. (Free crayons) Note: While Muriel’s is kid-friendly, it definitely isn’t baby-friendly. There are no changing stations in the restrooms.

6. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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The grand dame of Royal Street is so cool with kids that it released its own children’s book covering the 300-year history of New Orleans as seen through the eyes of ten tiny Brennan’s turtles (written by Simone Rathlé and illustrated by Tania Lee, A Topsy, Turvy History of New Orleans & Ten Tiny Turtles, available to purchase at the restaurant). Of course, the restaurant really does have a turtle pond in its central courtyard, providing a perfect place for the wandering child to have a break from the dinner table. For the finish, order the bananas Foster for a little table-side display of flames followed by that sweet combo of flambéed bananas, vanilla ice cream, and a sauce of rum and cinnamon and sugar. Make plans to attend the annual turtle second line if you can.

Bananas Foster at Brennan’s
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7. Ruth's Chris Steak House

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525 Fulton St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 587-7099
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For a fine dining option, there’s hardly a place more welcoming to kids than Ruth’s Chris. The upscale steakhouse near Harrah’s casino has a menu that is what it should be — smaller portions of some of what’s available on the adult menu, plus some beige food like fries for pickier eaters. Choose from a four-ounce petite filet, prime beef sliders, crispy shrimp, stuffed chicken breast, baked chicken breast, chicken strips, or salmon, and then add broccoli, mashed potatoes, or fries as a side. Finishers choose between chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Plus, there’s a pedestrian area outside the restaurant for antsy kids to walk around without the danger of traffic.

8. The Camellia Grill

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626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 309-2679
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This 1940s-era Riverbend diner has a countertop that weaves its way through the pink restaurant so diners can perch on stools while they order breakfast or hamburgers. Everything is cooked behind the counter in full view, so the kids are entertained. Save room for Camellia Grill’s chocolate freeze.

9. Origami Restaurant

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5130 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-6532
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This neighborhood sushi spot on Freret has a patio with a mid-height fence all the way around it, perfect for the kiddos that need to get up and walk around a little bit on a cool day. Origami’s interior puts plenty of space between tables, but the best option for families is probably the generously sized, high-back booths lining the wall. There’s no dedicated kids’ menu, but there’s really no point since so many of the dishes are small plates anyway. Just treat the large appetizer menu as the kids’ menu and enjoy everything from tiny dumplings, like shrimp shumai, to appetizer-size portions of grilled salmon and chicken tempura ($5.95) or karaage (Japanese style marinated boneless fried chicken for $6.95.)

Crispy rice appetizer includes deep fried rice topped with crawfish, bluecrab, and fried shrimp shumai
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10. Urban South Brewery

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1645 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 267-4852
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This family-friendly Tchoupitoulas brewery goes beyond crayons and a placemat to color with bouncy houses, arcade games, cornhole, and more. Food trucks pull up regularly, but they aren’t always on time. If you’re sticking to a strict dining schedule for your little ones, come prepared with a back-up plan. And, yes, you can host kids’ birthday parties here, which is pretty cool for the parents. (Urban South is housed in an industrial warehouse, so watch out for open garage doors that lead straight out onto the busy street.)

11. New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

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4141 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 247-9753
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Accessible from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. is casual, comfortable, and affordable. Plus, the children’s menu includes the beloved thin-fried catfish (also fried shrimp, a burger, and chicken tenders). All kids’ meals come with fries or yogurt and a drink for just $5.99. For adults, there’s fried catfish, po-boys, tacos, red beans and rice, salads, burgers, and boudin balls.

Thin-fried catfish at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company
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12. Reginelli's Pizzeria (Multiple Locations)

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3244 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-7272
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It’s not unusual for a pizza spot to be kid-friendly, but it is unusual for a pizza spot to let the kids make their own pizzas. Reginelli’s provides the dough, sauce, mozzarella, and any small pizza topping for less than nine bucks. Plus, the large menu includes plenty of wines by the glass, sandwiches, baked pastas, and salads. It’s comfortable enough for a family-outing, but nice enough for a casual date. (Make-your-own pizza birthday parties are also offered.)

Chicken marsala pizza at Reginelli’s
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13. Dat Dog (Multiple Locations)

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3336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 324-2226
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From the bright colors and funky decor to the creative hot dogs and unpretentious atmosphere, Dat Dog is great for the little ones. Dogs are welcome on the Magazine Street location’s lovely outdoor patio as well, so you can bring the whole family for this outing. The bar program is also surprisingly great, so parents won’t be missing out here.

Dat Dog
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14. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

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741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 266-2810
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This place lives up to its goal of recreating the feel of a warm, casual picnic with loved ones. Smack in the middle of an Uptown neighborhood close to Audubon Park at State and Magazine Streets, Picnic has become a go-to for the many families that live nearby. While there’s no specific kids menu, there are plenty of options kids will gravitate towards like pimento cheese, ribs, and the recently-introduced mild option for chicken tenders. Also, cookie dough s’mores for dessert? A sure kid-win.

Interior at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey 
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15. Taqueria Corona

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5932 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-3974
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Cute piñatas and colorful lights make for a lively atmosphere at this decades-old Magazine Street taqueria. The kids’ menu at Taqueria Corona includes a taco of choice (including carne asada), black refried beans, rice, and a drink. The food comes out quickly and the staff is always welcoming to families. Arrive early to snag one of the few tables by the front window or grab a stool at the counter to watch the kitchen in action.

1. The Backyard

244 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124
Hot sausage sandwich
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Admittedly, The Backyard isn’t pushing any boundaries with its kids’ menu: hot dog, burger, sloppy joe, chicken bites, and grilled cheese served with fresh fruit, soft drink, and either fries or tots. But, that’s what The Backyard is all about — the kind of American comfort food best enjoyed with neighbors in the backyard on a Friday evening (but much better). And here’s the kicker: The Backyard has an actual yard with picnic tables and playground equipment, making it possible to tire the kids out and feed them at one time. The regular menu offers many of the same items as the kids’ menu with the addition of more sandwiches and a couple salads, plus some noteworthy appetizers like pimiento cheese, a stellar smoked tuna dip, smoked chicken wings, and muffaletta deviled eggs. Plus there’s a full bar with some creative cocktails and plenty of TVs to watch the game.

244 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. The Velvet Cactus

6300 Argonne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Lakeview families swear by the family-friendly atmosphere at funky and colorful The Velvet Cactus. A large, enclosed outdoor patio is fit for the restless. The kids’ menu includes tacos, nachos, burritos, and — of course — chicken strips; most items ring in around $6. Plus, margaritas and a huge menu for the adults (chilaquiles, fajitas, salads, churro, and more).

6300 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

3. Katie's

3701 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Katie’s is such a quintessential neighborhood spot that it’s only natural the staff welcomes the little ones with open arms. Beyond the comfortable atmosphere, you also don’t need a separate kids menu to satisfy, as age-appropriate items abound with options like quesadillas, chicken parm, and even a make-your-own-pasta section.

3701 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Bratz Y'all! Bistro Bakery Biergarten

617-B, Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117

A solid stateside representation of a German biergarten all the way down to the handwriting on the menus, Bratz Y’all’s outdoor area sits far back from the street with shaded picnic tables and fans. The giant pretzels are the main draw for kids, but the kids’ menu includes a pretzel dog, chicken schnitzel fingers (basically, chicken fingers) and a sausage plate. Plus, Bratz Y’all! is just around the corner from Crescent Park, perfect for checking out the mighty Mississippi before or after the meal.

617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Muriel's Jackson Square

3206, 801 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Muriel’s is so kid-friendly that a portion of the restaurant’s website is devoted to saying that children are welcome. The thing about it that makes it really special for kids is that there’s a table set for a ghost. The kids’ menu lacks much inspiration, but it covers the basics: chicken tenders, French fries, fried shrimp, mashed potatoes, grilled chicken breast, and pasta Alfredo. For the adults, there’s a lovely menu with shrimp and grits, turtle soup, gumbo, pecan-encrusted fish, and more. Make it in for lunch when bloody Marys, vodka, or gin martinis, and red and white wine, are poured for $4. Plus, the location just off Jackson Square can’t be beat. (Free crayons) Note: While Muriel’s is kid-friendly, it definitely isn’t baby-friendly. There are no changing stations in the restrooms.

3206, 801 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Bananas Foster at Brennan’s
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The grand dame of Royal Street is so cool with kids that it released its own children’s book covering the 300-year history of New Orleans as seen through the eyes of ten tiny Brennan’s turtles (written by Simone Rathlé and illustrated by Tania Lee, A Topsy, Turvy History of New Orleans & Ten Tiny Turtles, available to purchase at the restaurant). Of course, the restaurant really does have a turtle pond in its central courtyard, providing a perfect place for the wandering child to have a break from the dinner table. For the finish, order the bananas Foster for a little table-side display of flames followed by that sweet combo of flambéed bananas, vanilla ice cream, and a sauce of rum and cinnamon and sugar. Make plans to attend the annual turtle second line if you can.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Ruth's Chris Steak House

525 Fulton St, New Orleans, LA 70130

For a fine dining option, there’s hardly a place more welcoming to kids than Ruth’s Chris. The upscale steakhouse near Harrah’s casino has a menu that is what it should be — smaller portions of some of what’s available on the adult menu, plus some beige food like fries for pickier eaters. Choose from a four-ounce petite filet, prime beef sliders, crispy shrimp, stuffed chicken breast, baked chicken breast, chicken strips, or salmon, and then add broccoli, mashed potatoes, or fries as a side. Finishers choose between chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Plus, there’s a pedestrian area outside the restaurant for antsy kids to walk around without the danger of traffic.

525 Fulton St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. The Camellia Grill

626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

This 1940s-era Riverbend diner has a countertop that weaves its way through the pink restaurant so diners can perch on stools while they order breakfast or hamburgers. Everything is cooked behind the counter in full view, so the kids are entertained. Save room for Camellia Grill’s chocolate freeze.

626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

9. Origami Restaurant

5130 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Crispy rice appetizer includes deep fried rice topped with crawfish, bluecrab, and fried shrimp shumai
Yelp/Tam N.

This neighborhood sushi spot on Freret has a patio with a mid-height fence all the way around it, perfect for the kiddos that need to get up and walk around a little bit on a cool day. Origami’s interior puts plenty of space between tables, but the best option for families is probably the generously sized, high-back booths lining the wall. There’s no dedicated kids’ menu, but there’s really no point since so many of the dishes are small plates anyway. Just treat the large appetizer menu as the kids’ menu and enjoy everything from tiny dumplings, like shrimp shumai, to appetizer-size portions of grilled salmon and chicken tempura ($5.95) or karaage (Japanese style marinated boneless fried chicken for $6.95.)

5130 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This family-friendly Tchoupitoulas brewery goes beyond crayons and a placemat to color with bouncy houses, arcade games, cornhole, and more. Food trucks pull up regularly, but they aren’t always on time. If you’re sticking to a strict dining schedule for your little ones, come prepared with a back-up plan. And, yes, you can host kids’ birthday parties here, which is pretty cool for the parents. (Urban South is housed in an industrial warehouse, so watch out for open garage doors that lead straight out onto the busy street.)

1645 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.

4141 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Thin-fried catfish at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company
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Accessible from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. is casual, comfortable, and affordable. Plus, the children’s menu includes the beloved thin-fried catfish (also fried shrimp, a burger, and chicken tenders). All kids’ meals come with fries or yogurt and a drink for just $5.99. For adults, there’s fried catfish, po-boys, tacos, red beans and rice, salads, burgers, and boudin balls.

4141 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Reginelli's Pizzeria (Multiple Locations)

3244 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Chicken marsala pizza at Reginelli’s
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It’s not unusual for a pizza spot to be kid-friendly, but it is unusual for a pizza spot to let the kids make their own pizzas. Reginelli’s provides the dough, sauce, mozzarella, and any small pizza topping for less than nine bucks. Plus, the large menu includes plenty of wines by the glass, sandwiches, baked pastas, and salads. It’s comfortable enough for a family-outing, but nice enough for a casual date. (Make-your-own pizza birthday parties are also offered.)

3244 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

13. Dat Dog (Multiple Locations)

3336 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Dat Dog
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From the bright colors and funky decor to the creative hot dogs and unpretentious atmosphere, Dat Dog is great for the little ones. Dogs are welcome on the Magazine Street location’s lovely outdoor patio as well, so you can bring the whole family for this outing. The bar program is also surprisingly great, so parents won’t be missing out here.

3336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

741 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Interior at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey 
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This place lives up to its goal of recreating the feel of a warm, casual picnic with loved ones. Smack in the middle of an Uptown neighborhood close to Audubon Park at State and Magazine Streets, Picnic has become a go-to for the many families that live nearby. While there’s no specific kids menu, there are plenty of options kids will gravitate towards like pimento cheese, ribs, and the recently-introduced mild option for chicken tenders. Also, cookie dough s’mores for dessert? A sure kid-win.

741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. Taqueria Corona

5932 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Cute piñatas and colorful lights make for a lively atmosphere at this decades-old Magazine Street taqueria. The kids’ menu at Taqueria Corona includes a taco of choice (including carne asada), black refried beans, rice, and a drink. The food comes out quickly and the staff is always welcoming to families. Arrive early to snag one of the few tables by the front window or grab a stool at the counter to watch the kitchen in action.

5932 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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