Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

Whether it's because the babysitter canceled at the last minute or because you want quality family time at a dinner you don't have to cook, loading up the kids for a restaurant excursion can be fun for the whole gang, provided the destination is suitable for the young ones. We know it can be awkward trying to ignore pointed looks from other patrons at some hushed foodie mecca while your toddler squawks and burbles happily -- and we also know it can be tricky trying to keep the kids from that obnoxious drunk a few tables away. That's why we've come up with this list of kid-friendly restaurants that aren't some some kiddie-theme playground with miserable food, but places with menus that will appeal to adult palates, too. Keep reading for our top ten...

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Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

10) DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe 865 Lincoln Street 303-386-3375

Going out for a weekend breakfast or brunch with the family shouldn't require getting in line with a throng of hungry hipsters; after all, kids aren't well-equipped to deal with long waits.The sunny dining room at this second DJ's offers a more relaxed pace -- without the wait lists common to some trendier spots. And what kid could resist PB & J French toast?

Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

9) Vine Street Pub 1700 Vine Street 303-388-2337

The dining room at this brewpub feels like a big, open playroom for adults, with the bar area and hodgepodge of tables all blending into a lively social spot for hanging with old friends or making new ones. But if you get there early enough, the same social atmosphere is fun for children, too. A kid's menu featuring burgers, nachos and grilled cheese sandwiches will fill them up before they head to the other end of the community table to find their own new friends.

Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

8) Ernie's Pizza 2915 West 44th Avenue 303-955-5580

Kid's love pizza, and Ernie's loves kids. Many restaurants have kid's menus, and many will bring a jar of crayons on request. But Ernie's combines the two with a menu that kids can draw on after Mom and Dad have helped them choose from a selection of mini-pizzas and other downsized treats. For the tweens, the full menu is bulging with calzones, pasta plates and pizza by the slice. Open and airy patio seating is a good option for families, because there's plenty of distracting people-watching off nearby Federal.

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