Five Denver Restaurants That Are Good for Kids -- and the Grownups Who Love Them

Nothing riles up people like kids in restaurants. Even though I'm a parent, I'm sympathetic: I don't want a nice meal ruined by a whiny child, either. But the solution isn't to confine preschoolers to McDonald's, then move on to pizza and burger joints when they age out of Happy Meals. Where will the next generation of chefs come from - not to mention the people who will appreciate their cooking -- if the only foods that kids are exposed to are chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese?

Fortunately, there are restaurants around town that represent that happy medium, places that are good for kids and the grownups who love them. Here are five of our favorites: See also: Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery Is a Fast Hit

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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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