I have an ever expanding gang of grandchildren and this is really useful info for people who want to eat out in a child friendly place...where you don't have to pay for the children!
As well as eateries on this list I have also been to The Hub in Aberfoyle Park (and we went on a Saturday)...kids meals were free.
If anyone else knows of anywhere else please share.......
Adelaide restaurants where kids eat free
- ROXANNE WILSON LIFESTYLE REPORTER
- THE ADVERTISER
- MAY 22, 2015 9:00PM
Siblings Lulu, 5, Sammy, 2, and Jack, 8, enjoy some of the free kids’ meals on offer at Nest. Picture: Bianca De Marchi.
SOME parents swear by them while others don’t know they exist. But “kids eat free” restaurant deals are growing in popularity as increased costs of living force families to look at affordable options for dining out.
So where are these restaurants, and which ones have the most appealing children’s menu?The Advertiser asked three experts — our own journalist and father-of-two Nathan Davies, food writer Kylie Fleming and mother-of-three Sophie Rayner to rate 15 menus in four categories: the deal, the “wow factor”, variety and nutrition.For Ms Rayner, 36, who also works for nanny and babysitting agency Little Poppins, restaurants offering a kids-eat-free deal is a drawcard.“Not only is it an excellent way to go out as a family to eat, but it also communicates that kids are welcome there and that’s always something I look for,” the Gilberton resident said, adding that when it comes to the menu simplicity is key.
“You want a bit of variety but it doesn’t have to be a huge variety; you want the kids meals to be quite simple,” she said.“When I take the kids out for meals ... I don’t want them to be too complicated. Just simple meals the kids will happily eat; I don’t want to pay for a meal the kids are too intimidated by.”Kids menus, with at least four options, were scored on face value, not food tasted. This was to ascertain what best attracts families to choose to dine there.While the Belair Hotel’s bistro children’s menu took out top spot for its wow factor, the Walkers Arms Hotel’s extensive buffet menu reigned supreme overall, scoring 50.5/60.Food writer Ms Fleming said the Walkers Arms Hotel won her votes thanks to its “huge variety”, while Ms Rayner liked that the kids’ free meal deal was available every weekday.Walkers Arms Hotel venue manager Shane Schembri said the deal, which offers one free kid’s meal per full-paying adult in the bistro’s two-hour 5.30pm session, was a longstanding tradition.“It is usually close to booked out every night,” Mr Schembri said, adding that the venue felt the deal was a way to give something back to the community.“We’re such a successful pub ... and we know how hard it is for families to eat out, so with kids eating free it helps; a lot of mums pick up their kids from school and come straight in to save them from cooking.”While pub bistros dominate the scoring table, Mr Davies gravitated towards the Kwik Stix menu of modern Asian cuisine. “At least there’s some change from the nuggets and pizza standard,” he said.Both he and Ms Fleming also commented on Elizabeth Tavern’s menu, which used “fun names to interest the kids”. Such names include Lord of the Calamari Rings, and Pasketti (spaghetti).TGI Fridays also scored extra points for offering carrot and celery sticks with their “Stars” kids menu.While Nest was a low-scorer in the variety category, Ms Rayner said her kids “got really excited over the food” and that they would “definitely go back”. She commented that the quality of food at any restaurant, rather than the number of options on offer, would make her a return customer.DISCOUNT DINNERS FOR YOUR KIDS
Nest104 Walkerville Tce, Walkerville, 8342 0287The deal: For every adult main meal purchased, including pizza, a child (aged 12 and under) eats freeWhen: Mondays and Tuesdays (dinner only)
Espy135 Esplanade, Brighton, 8296 7177The deal: Kids (aged 12 and under) eat free with every adult main meal purchased.When: Tues-Wed
Settlers TavernIngle Farm Shopping Centre, 249 Montague Road, Ingle Farm, 8263 1077The deal: Kids (aged 12 and under) eat free on Sundays with every full paying adult. There is also a free magician and balloon artist.When: Sunday lunch and dinner
Walker’s Arms Hotel36 North East Rd, Walkerville, 8344 8022The deal: One free kid’s meal (children aged 13 years and under), per full-paying adult in the buffet.When: Mon-Fri (5.30pm session only)
Sorelle613 Magill Rd, Magill, 8331 8844The deal: Kids (aged 12 and under) eat free with a full paying adultWhen: TuesdaysExeter Hotel152 Semaphore Rd, Exeter, 8449 6716The deal: Main meal free for kids with every paying adultWhen: Tuesdays and Thursdays lunch and dinner
Belair Hotel141 Main Rd, Blackwood, 8278 8777The deal: With every full paying adult, receive a children’s main course for free (for kids aged 12 and under)When: Monday and Tuesdays from 5.30pm-9pm in bistro
Christies Beach Hotel12-13 Gulfview Road, Christies Beach, 8382 1166The deal: Kids (aged 12 and under) eat free with every adult meal purchasedWhen: Mondays and Tuesday (lunch and dinner)
TGI Fridays297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park, 8296 5777The deal: One free meal from the Starts Menu (for kids aged 12 and under) when an accompanying adult spends more than $22.50 on food and beverageWhen: Mon-Wed (all day and night)
Hog’s Breath Cafe32-36 Jetty Road, Glenelg, 8376 3600The deal: Kids (aged 12 years and under), eat free with every paying adult (adult must spend $20 or more on food)When: Monday and Tuesday (all day and night)
Elizabeth TavernElizabeth Way, Elizabeth, 8252 3022The deal: Kids (aged 12 and under) eat free with every main meal purchasedWhen: Monday to Thursday lunch and dinner
The Royal Hotel2 North Terrace, Kent Town, 8132 2222The deal: Kids (aged 12 under) eat free with every paying adultWhen: Wednesday nights from 6pm
Rob Roy Hotel106 Halifax St, Adelaide, 8223 5391The deal: Kids (aged 12 and under) eat free with paying adultWhen: Sunday (lunch and dinner)
Kwik StixMain North Rd, Parafield, 8258 3500The deal: Child (aged 12 and under) eats free when an adult meal is purchased; child can choose a meal from the kids menuWhen: Tuesday (dinner)
Links Hotel346 Tapleys Hill Rd, Seaton, 8356 3111The deal: Club 4 Kids members east free; oEsne kids meal per adult main meal purchasedWhen: Monday and Tuesday (lunch and dinner)
Highbury Hotel1017 Lower North East Rd, Highbury, ph 8265 6666The deal: Club 4 Kids members east free; one kids meal per adult main meal purchasedWhen: Tuesday and Thursday