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10 local restaurants with sophisticated kids’ menus

10 local restaurants with sophisticated kids’ menus

Sav McKee

Maybe your kids are starting to grow out of the average kids’ menu, where hamburgers, hotdogs, and fries just don’t seem appetizing to them anymore after they watch their parents feast on steak or salmon. Or maybe, as a parent, you’re wanting to expand your child’s palate, providing them access to local bites that aren’t just deep-fried things you can smother in ketchup. 

Either way, we rounded up ten Columbus restaurants that offer more elevated kids’ menus to help young adults feel a little more special at a family dinner. Plus, you’ll love them too.

Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro 1500 Polaris Parkway Columbus, OH 43240
Your young adults can choose from chicken lo mein tossed with vegetables and sauce, sesame beef, or even pineapple fried chicken.

Lindey’s 69 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206
Their kids’ menu offers a pasta dish with any protein of your kid’s choice, including steak or shrimp.

The Avenue Steak Tavern 1307 Grandview Avenue, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Chopped steak, seared salmon, and even a filet mignon…your youngster will be convinced they’re not even ordering off of the kids’ menu.


101 Beer Kitchen Dublin, Gahanna, and Westerville locations
They upgrade classic kid choices – for example, they have Parmesan & panko crusted chicken tenders, a six-cheese Mornay sauce on their mac & cheese, and crispy fried shrimp, with sides such as watermelon and feta salad or Mexican street corn.

Cap City Fine Diner 1299 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43212 
Their famous meatloaf is included on the kids’ menu, with buttermilk chive mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli, along offerings like a roasted chicken breast choice, or crispy fish’n chips.  

Budd Dairy Food Hall – 1086 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
There’s something for everyone to try here. Your child can venture into the world of Filipino street food, poké bowls, or lobster rolls.

High Banks Distillery 1051 Goodale Blvd Columbus, Ohio 43212
Chicken quesadillas, grilled amish chicken, and other classics are on this kids’ menu.

Marcella’s Restaurant Short North & Polaris Locations
Lasagna, tortellini, linguine, gnocchi, ravioli, oh my! There’s a lot of customized pasta dishes your bambino can create.

The Pearl 641 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
They offer a fresh market catch of the day with mixed potatoes and fresh vegetables, along with other meals like fish & chips.

Jeff Ruby’s 89 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215
No more sharing bites of your filet with your kid – they can order their own on this menu. Other “fancy” kids’ menu options include a chicken freddie and bowtie pasta. (Don’t forget the ice cream sundae bar!)

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