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The Top Family-Friendly Restaurants in Dallas

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Let’s be real: Dining out with the family is best when both the kids and the adults are happy. Parents are going for convenience, variety, and perhaps most importantly, affordability. But we can’t forget a child’s need for a fun atmosphere and a preferably simple, yet delicious, plate of grub. In the great city of Dallas, family-friendly restaurants can be found on every corner. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best bang for your buck. From burritos to burger joints, Dallas aims to please — check out 16 budget-friendly restaurants for the whole family, below.

A number of Dallas restaurants have resumed dine-in service at 50 percent capacity. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit dallascityhall.com. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1.  Hat Creek Burger Company

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3321 S Custer Rd
McKinney, TX 75070
(214) 592-0534
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Whoever first discovered the cheeseburger, french fries, and Coke combo was an absolute genius. When Drew Gressett started Hat Creek, he set out to build something family-friendly, fast-casual, and just as good as that all-American meal combination. Tuesday is family night, when discounts abound on combos and kids meals. Trust us when we say it: You’ll regret not ordering that milkshake.

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2.  Mi Cocina

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4001 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093
(469) 467-8655
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For an elevated night out without breaking the bank, you can’t go wrong with this authentic Mexican restaurant. Entertainment comes in the form of a large outdoor patio and big-screen television, while the kids’ menu prioritizes a few foolproof favorites like tacos and quesadillas. Mi Cocina’s 50/50 fajitas are perfect for sharing, too.

Enchiladas, salad, rice, salsa, and other dishes from Mi Cocina restaurant in Plano, Texas.
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3. Kenny’s Italian Kitchen

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5100 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 661-9380
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Kenny’s Italian Kitchen delivers a “special occasion meal” without the overpriced entrées. The service is speedy, the portion sizes are large, and the prices are right. Not to mention a relaxed atmosphere — families will feel right at home settling into big bowls of pasta over red-checkered tablecloths. Lasagna and gnocchi are fan favorites. But to start? Prosciutto Wrapped Fried Mozzarella, of course.

4. Cowboy Chicken

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3351 Regent Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
(‬214) ‬496-0724
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Rotisserie chicken is always a “yes,” but it’s especially so when family activities are involved. At Cowboy Chicken, kids will love the games and chances to earn free ice cream, while parents can let their wallets take a breather. On Monday, one adult entrée warrants a free kids meal, while family meal specials are served up on Sundays and Wednesdays. Cowboy Chicken is famous for a dish so family-friendly you’ll want to eat there every night: chicken enchiladas.

5. Liberty Burger

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5211 Forest Ln
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 239-2100
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With homemade buns and your choice of eight meats, seven cheeses, 24 toppings, and 10 spreads, there’s something for everyone at Liberty Burger. Sides are a main attraction, but the onion rings could win awards. All ingredients at Liberty Burger are locally sourced, and there’s a Coke fountain to cap off your meal.

6. Freebirds

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7601 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 869-3500
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Even the pickiest eaters are sure to find something “worth it” at Freebirds. It’s fully customizable, with bowls, burritos, nachos, salads, and quesadillas to choose from. On Sundays, children under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. And if you’re looking for something hot and ready to take home, then snag a few to-go Cokes and a Freebirds meal kit. The kit feeds four to five people and offers up tacos, burritos, and nachos at a good price.

7. Pho Saigon #8

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2240 Royal Ln
Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 290-0743
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Big families, rejoice: Most appetizers at Pho Saigon are under $5, while entrees are priced at $11 or less. But the biggest plus? Variety. Pho options are numerous, with choices like chicken, seafood, and beef and portion sizes leaving nothing to be desired. Order up a few different bowls and eat family-style, or mix in extras — thai basil, cilantro, and jalapeños — to customize to your tastes.

8. Blue Sushi Saki Grill

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7859 Walnut Hill Ln
Dallas, TX 75230
(972) 677-7887
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Japanese dinner shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. At Blue Sushi Saki Grill, the fish is fresh, and the prices are reasonable. Hit the happy hour for even better deals, and try the tempura shrimp appetizer for a dish even the pickiest of kids will love. The banana sushi is a must-order if you’re looking for an incentive for kids to try the fish. (We’re not encouraging bribery, exactly, as much as we’re strongly encouraging dessert.)

9. Shady’s Burgers & Brewhaha

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9661 Audelia Rd
Dallas, TX 75238
(469) 726-2920
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The name says it all. Burgers aren’t the only thing on the menu at this fun-focused eatery. Live music builds an extra-festive atmosphere, and kids have plenty of room to get out their energy under a shelter of oak trees. Parents will delight in a full bar, and family meal packs serve up to four people at a great price. Beef-adjacent highlights include the chicken “tendas” and BBQ pork po’ boy.

A cheeseburger and fries from Shady’s Burgers & Brewhaha in Dallas.
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10. Bubba’s Cooks Country

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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For Dallas families, Bubba’s is a once-a-week kind of meal stop. Think Southern cooking at its finest, with an unassuming ambiance and a drive-through for pick-up convenience. Fried chicken and sides are served up in a variety of combos, but the rolls are what set Bubba’s apart from your typical chicken joint. Fresh yeast rolls are made daily and basically melt in your mouth before you can say “butter.” Comfort food solves all family problems, right?

11. Torchy’s Tacos

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9440 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(972) 354-8226
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For anyone entering Texas state lines, Torchy’s Tacos is a must-have — as in, within your first 24 hours. Its hip-casual atmosphere and large patio welcomes families of all sizes, but the food is the real highlight. Creative taco selections like fried avocado, beef brisket, and green chile pork put all average tacos to shame. A full kids’ menu and coloring pages will set parents up for an easy dine-in experience, and the price is always right. For convenience’s sake, consider a build-your-own family taco pack with all the fixins for only $30. Pro tip: ask for your taco “trashy” to get it smothered in their famous queso.

12. Ming Place China Bistro

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5715 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 350-8188
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Every section of the menu at Ming Place China Bistro aims to cater to both kids and adults. Appetizers start at just $1.95, while mains are priced less than $14. Families with an appetite will love the refills on white and fried rice, and those in a hurry will appreciate the speedy, courteous service. Try the homemade noodles or go for a classic — the orange chicken, cashew chicken, and hot and sour soup don’t disappoint.

13. Original Market Diner

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4434 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-0992
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Built in 1954, owners Sam and Kathy Vergas make patrons feel more than welcome at Original Market Diner. A vintage jukebox creates a fun atmosphere that any kid will adore, and the large portions don’t hurt. Families of all kinds will enjoy the daily specials, affordable prices, and friendly staff. Whatever you do, don’t sleep on the chicken and dumplings: an unforgettable homemade classic.

14. Campisi’s

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1520 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 752-0141
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With a storied history of more than 65 years, Campisi’s knows what works to keep families returning to their tables. If your crew is seeking hot, fresh, and authentic Italian, Campisi’s delivers on all counts. The made-to-order pasta and Sicilian-style pizza will leave anyone wanting seconds (or thirds, if there’s any left). Make room for dessert like New York-style cheesecake, tiramisu or chocolate cake.

15. Tacodeli

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1878 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 760-1930
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We get it: Not everyone’s into the same things most mealtimes. At Tacodeli, a Texas-born favorite, you can build your own tacos with beef, pork, chicken, seafood, or veggies, and family meal packs include all the delicious extras. Ask for a Mexican Coca-Cola after you figure out which of Tacodeli’s homemade salsas your spice-senses can handle. Need a quick breakfast moment? Tacodeli serves up breakfast tacos on weekdays and weekends, including everything from classic migas to smoked ham.

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16. Shayna’s Place

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1868 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 575-4663
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“All you need is love and a sandwich.” Shayna’s Place lives by this motto, welcoming patrons in with friendly service. Soup and sandwiches make for an easy lunch option, and the baked goods are made in-house. For the kids, there’s a portable DJ booth for playing, and adults can enjoy the touches of Dallas culture in the locally roasted espresso beans and nitro cold brews.

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1.  Hat Creek Burger Company

3321 S Custer Rd, McKinney, TX 75070
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Whoever first discovered the cheeseburger, french fries, and Coke combo was an absolute genius. When Drew Gressett started Hat Creek, he set out to build something family-friendly, fast-casual, and just as good as that all-American meal combination. Tuesday is family night, when discounts abound on combos and kids meals. Trust us when we say it: You’ll regret not ordering that milkshake.

3321 S Custer Rd
McKinney, TX 75070

2.  Mi Cocina

4001 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093
Enchiladas, salad, rice, salsa, and other dishes from Mi Cocina restaurant in Plano, Texas.
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For an elevated night out without breaking the bank, you can’t go wrong with this authentic Mexican restaurant. Entertainment comes in the form of a large outdoor patio and big-screen television, while the kids’ menu prioritizes a few foolproof favorites like tacos and quesadillas. Mi Cocina’s 50/50 fajitas are perfect for sharing, too.

4001 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093

3. Kenny’s Italian Kitchen

5100 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

Kenny’s Italian Kitchen delivers a “special occasion meal” without the overpriced entrées. The service is speedy, the portion sizes are large, and the prices are right. Not to mention a relaxed atmosphere — families will feel right at home settling into big bowls of pasta over red-checkered tablecloths. Lasagna and gnocchi are fan favorites. But to start? Prosciutto Wrapped Fried Mozzarella, of course.

5100 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

4. Cowboy Chicken

3351 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

Rotisserie chicken is always a “yes,” but it’s especially so when family activities are involved. At Cowboy Chicken, kids will love the games and chances to earn free ice cream, while parents can let their wallets take a breather. On Monday, one adult entrée warrants a free kids meal, while family meal specials are served up on Sundays and Wednesdays. Cowboy Chicken is famous for a dish so family-friendly you’ll want to eat there every night: chicken enchiladas.

3351 Regent Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

5. Liberty Burger

5211 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75244

With homemade buns and your choice of eight meats, seven cheeses, 24 toppings, and 10 spreads, there’s something for everyone at Liberty Burger. Sides are a main attraction, but the onion rings could win awards. All ingredients at Liberty Burger are locally sourced, and there’s a Coke fountain to cap off your meal.

5211 Forest Ln
Dallas, TX 75244

6. Freebirds

7601 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

Even the pickiest eaters are sure to find something “worth it” at Freebirds. It’s fully customizable, with bowls, burritos, nachos, salads, and quesadillas to choose from. On Sundays, children under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. And if you’re looking for something hot and ready to take home, then snag a few to-go Cokes and a Freebirds meal kit. The kit feeds four to five people and offers up tacos, burritos, and nachos at a good price.

7601 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

7. Pho Saigon #8

2240 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75229

Big families, rejoice: Most appetizers at Pho Saigon are under $5, while entrees are priced at $11 or less. But the biggest plus? Variety. Pho options are numerous, with choices like chicken, seafood, and beef and portion sizes leaving nothing to be desired. Order up a few different bowls and eat family-style, or mix in extras — thai basil, cilantro, and jalapeños — to customize to your tastes.

2240 Royal Ln
Dallas, TX 75229

8. Blue Sushi Saki Grill

7859 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75230

Japanese dinner shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. At Blue Sushi Saki Grill, the fish is fresh, and the prices are reasonable. Hit the happy hour for even better deals, and try the tempura shrimp appetizer for a dish even the pickiest of kids will love. The banana sushi is a must-order if you’re looking for an incentive for kids to try the fish. (We’re not encouraging bribery, exactly, as much as we’re strongly encouraging dessert.)

7859 Walnut Hill Ln
Dallas, TX 75230

9. Shady’s Burgers & Brewhaha

9661 Audelia Rd, Dallas, TX 75238
A cheeseburger and fries from Shady’s Burgers & Brewhaha in Dallas.
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The name says it all. Burgers aren’t the only thing on the menu at this fun-focused eatery. Live music builds an extra-festive atmosphere, and kids have plenty of room to get out their energy under a shelter of oak trees. Parents will delight in a full bar, and family meal packs serve up to four people at a great price. Beef-adjacent highlights include the chicken “tendas” and BBQ pork po’ boy.

9661 Audelia Rd
Dallas, TX 75238

10. Bubba’s Cooks Country

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

For Dallas families, Bubba’s is a once-a-week kind of meal stop. Think Southern cooking at its finest, with an unassuming ambiance and a drive-through for pick-up convenience. Fried chicken and sides are served up in a variety of combos, but the rolls are what set Bubba’s apart from your typical chicken joint. Fresh yeast rolls are made daily and basically melt in your mouth before you can say “butter.” Comfort food solves all family problems, right?

6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

11. Torchy’s Tacos

9440 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

For anyone entering Texas state lines, Torchy’s Tacos is a must-have — as in, within your first 24 hours. Its hip-casual atmosphere and large patio welcomes families of all sizes, but the food is the real highlight. Creative taco selections like fried avocado, beef brisket, and green chile pork put all average tacos to shame. A full kids’ menu and coloring pages will set parents up for an easy dine-in experience, and the price is always right. For convenience’s sake, consider a build-your-own family taco pack with all the fixins for only $30. Pro tip: ask for your taco “trashy” to get it smothered in their famous queso.

9440 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

12. Ming Place China Bistro

5715 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209

Every section of the menu at Ming Place China Bistro aims to cater to both kids and adults. Appetizers start at just $1.95, while mains are priced less than $14. Families with an appetite will love the refills on white and fried rice, and those in a hurry will appreciate the speedy, courteous service. Try the homemade noodles or go for a classic — the orange chicken, cashew chicken, and hot and sour soup don’t disappoint.

5715 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75209

13. Original Market Diner

4434 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219

Built in 1954, owners Sam and Kathy Vergas make patrons feel more than welcome at Original Market Diner. A vintage jukebox creates a fun atmosphere that any kid will adore, and the large portions don’t hurt. Families of all kinds will enjoy the daily specials, affordable prices, and friendly staff. Whatever you do, don’t sleep on the chicken and dumplings: an unforgettable homemade classic.

4434 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219

14. Campisi’s

1520 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

With a storied history of more than 65 years, Campisi’s knows what works to keep families returning to their tables. If your crew is seeking hot, fresh, and authentic Italian, Campisi’s delivers on all counts. The made-to-order pasta and Sicilian-style pizza will leave anyone wanting seconds (or thirds, if there’s any left). Make room for dessert like New York-style cheesecake, tiramisu or chocolate cake.

1520 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75201

15. Tacodeli

1878 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
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We get it: Not everyone’s into the same things most mealtimes. At Tacodeli, a Texas-born favorite, you can build your own tacos with beef, pork, chicken, seafood, or veggies, and family meal packs include all the delicious extras. Ask for a Mexican Coca-Cola after you figure out which of Tacodeli’s homemade salsas your spice-senses can handle. Need a quick breakfast moment? Tacodeli serves up breakfast tacos on weekdays and weekends, including everything from classic migas to smoked ham.

1878 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

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16. Shayna’s Place

1868 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

“All you need is love and a sandwich.” Shayna’s Place lives by this motto, welcoming patrons in with friendly service. Soup and sandwiches make for an easy lunch option, and the baked goods are made in-house. For the kids, there’s a portable DJ booth for playing, and adults can enjoy the touches of Dallas culture in the locally roasted espresso beans and nitro cold brews.

1868 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

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