Not every eatery caters to kids, and on those days when you want to dine out together, finding an establishment that has menus specifically designed for young or picky eaters can be a challenge. Family-friendly restaurants make the experience so much easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Here is our list of recommended restaurants for parents in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
3 Squares Restaurant
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Located at 12690 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N., 3 Squares Restaurant is just the kind of place its name implies. Fill hungry bellies right here, whether it’s time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Parents will relish a variety of options, from burgers to tacos, and the kid’s menu at 3 Squares offers a nice selection, too. They can pick from grilled cheese, chicken tenders, grilled chicken, and mac ‘n cheese, and French toast and pancakes for breakfast.
3 Squares is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. If you plan to dine in, it’s helpful to make a reservation, or you can order your meal to go online.
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
One of the best things about eating out is the scrumptious menu options. Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano touts new flavors to savor every month on the chef feature’s menu. Some of the featured delights include roasted beet bruschetta, fresh Baja halibut, and banana pudding with a shortbread cookie crumble for dessert. It also offers an extensive permanent menu, with classics like chicken parmesan, piccata, and spaghetti and meatballs.
The kid’s menu at Biaggi’s offers plenty of delicious choices for picky eaters 12 and under to devour. There’s cheese or pepperoni pizza that’s just their size, or if your little one is craving pasta, they can have a child-size portion of spaghetti and meatballs, cheese ravioli, or penne with their choice of sauce. The best part about the kid’s menu is that every meal comes with an ice cream sundae. Have a seat in the dining room at 12051 Elm Creek Blvd N., or get your order to go every day from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Nourish your family with inspired foods at Cafe Zupas. Located at 11669 Fountains Dr., the good life starts with this next-generation kitchen’s simple house-made dishes. All the dishes on the menu are prepared fresh and leave everyone feeling satisfied and energized.
Even the kids will gobble up Cafe Zupas’ chef-crafted salads, soups, and sandwiches. The mangoberry salad offers the tempting sweetness of blueberries, strawberries, and mangos over a bed of house-chopped mixed greens. Order a classic turkey sandwich on ancient grain bread, and add applewood-smoked bacon and avocado. This wholesome cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
El Rodeo offers families mouthwatering Mexican cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Available for patio service or takeout, try something bold off the extensive menu. Kick start the occasion with the rodeo sampler appetizer, with three kind of meat and tortillas, or opt for one of its vegetarian options, such as bean burritos and vegetarian fajitas.
Children 10 and under will enjoy a quesadilla, taco, burrito, or enchilada with a side of rice and beans. You’ll appreciate this restaurant’s big portions, and everyone will love the endless chips and salsa. This local gem is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10, and Sunday until 9.
Dehn’s Country Manor
This family-friendly steakhouse has over 60 years of culinary experience, making it a staple in Maple Grove. The Dehn’s is a popular place for carnivores to put away top-grade corn-fed beef that’s dry-aged and grilled to perfection. It also offers serves breakfast, with options like prime rib hash and apple fritter French toast.
For dinner, parents will want to sample the petite filet and deep-fried shrimp combo, while the kids munch on crispy chicken strips, grilled cheese, or hamburgers. Indoor dining with full table service is available Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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The pizzaiolos at Punch invite the whole family to share a delicious freshly made pie. Order one of Punch’s classics, such as the margherita with fresh mozzarella and basil, or you can create your own pizza with unique toppings like capers, eggplant, and piparras peppers. If your child is a picky eater, order the Bambini, which is just tomato and mozzarella. You can order a Punch pizza for takeout from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Rusty Taco makes eating out with the whole family an easy experience. This affordable restaurant offers specials like the six-taco family pack with chips, salsa, and queso. If that’s not enough to satisfy your brood, go for the 10-taco pack, or opt for the Family Taco Bar that includes ingredients for 12 build-your-own tacos, including all the garnishes. If you’ve got a hankering for tacos for breakfast, try the Family Breakfast Taco Bar, with enough eggs, cheese, and tortillas to serve 12.
The Rusty Taco is open for curbside pickup Monday through Thursday from 10:45 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m to 10 p.m, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
When your family is in the mood for barbeque, head to Famous Dave’s. Order one of the Lil’ Wilbur meals for your kids, like the rib dinner or chicken strips. If the whole family is hungry, get the All-American BBQ Feast, which includes, ribs, chicken, pork, and all of the fixings. Famous Dave’s is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.