When you want to take the family out for a meal at a family-friendly restaurant in the Gilbert, Arizona, area, you’re in luck. From homemade Italian food to fun Tex-Mex dishes, check out these four family-friendly restaurants that have kid’s menus and that everyone will enjoy dining at.
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When the family wants Italian food, head over to Oregano’s. They have several locations in the East Valley including one on 328 N. Gilbert Road. Oregano’s began as a small pizza joint in the East Valley and everyone loved their foods made from recipes handed down for generations. Today, Oregano’s has several locations in the Phoenix area as well as a couple in Tucson, one in Flagstaff, and two in southern Colorado.
There’s something for everyone in the family at Oregano’s including a kids’ menu with items such as pasta with a red sauce or butter, pizza by the slice, chicken, and fruits and vegetables. Start your meal with something everyone can share like chicken wings, flatbreads with dip, or fried zucchini.
On a warm evening, enjoy fresh salads with offerings such as the kale Caesar, or a salad filled with fresh greens, Kalamata olives, pine nuts, and served with a honey vinaigrette. Order pizza from their extensive collection, or pasta dishes such as shrimp scampi or chicken parmesan. There are sandwiches available, and don’t forget to save room for dessert with tasty treats like cheesecake.
Oregano’s has a gluten-free menu, a nutritional guide, and an allergy guide to help you decide on healthy foods and ones that may have ingredients that cause allergies.
Joe’s Farm Grill
The food at Joe’s Farm Grill is comfort food that’s prepared extraordinarily well. Whether you order a pulled pork sandwich or a salad with grilled Portobello mushrooms, the majority of the food is locally sourced, the majority of the produce and herbs are harvested from The Farm at Agritopia, the meats are from locally raised animals, and they use trans-fat-free oil for frying and even in their salad dressings.
Once you step into the restaurant, you’ll notice that it has a retro look with modern conveniences. The building was once the home of the Johnston family built in 1966. The Johnston sons had a vision for a farm-to-table style restaurant using food from the gardens of Agritopia and they converted the home into Joe’s Farm Grill. The dining room with its large fireplace is where the original family room was and the bedrooms have all been converted to create the kitchen where the chefs make magical meals everyone will enjoy. The farm itself is about 12 acres where they practice organic farming and harvest the vegetables and herbs used for cooking.
Come for breakfast and the kids can order buttermilk pancakes, French toast, or scrambled eggs with applewood-smoked bacon. Anyone can savor biscuits with sausage gravy. a variety of omelets, apple fritters, or waffles and chicken. For lunch or dinner, start your meal with crispy fried Brussels sprouts, sweet potato fries, or corn fritters.
Choose a seafood plate, a chicken sandwich with bacon and blue cheese, or a burger made with local, natural beef. Have a pizza, a crisp salad like the fresh beet salad with toasted pecans and blue cheese crumbles, or something from the smoker. The barbecued ribs are cooked low and slow and slathered with Joe’s secret barbecue sauce. For fun, have a milkshake with fresh strawberries or one made with real vanilla beans. You can find Joe’s Farm Grill at 3000 E. Ray Road, Building 1 in Gilbert.
After a day exploring many of the parks and waterways in the Gilbert area, stop by the family-friendly Liberty Market for lunch or dinner. The team at Liberty Market is dedicated to serving high-quality food that not only nourishes and satisfies the body, but also the soul. Liberty Market, on 230 N. Gilbert Road, has been serving the local community healthy fresh meals that keep diners coming back for more.
For lunch, enjoy dishes such as grilled chicken pasta, a grilled salmon BLT, specialty burgers, soups, salads, and pizza. When you come for dinner, start with a Caprese salad to share with the family, then move on to dinner salads or entrees such as pan-seared sea bass, New York strip steak, or apricot chicken.
You can also start your day with a hearty breakfast from Liberty Market with tasty offerings such as buttermilk pancakes, chilaquiles, or scrambled tofu with fresh vegetables. Kids have their own menu with items such as fresh pasta with sauce or butter, a grilled cheese sandwich, or Mac ‘n cheese.
Kids and adults alike love Mexican food and at La Ristra where you can order classic Mexican dishes with a New Mexico twist. Kids can order from their own menu which includes egg and cheese burritos or an egg scramble with sausage and potatoes. Once seated, order food to share such as blue corn nachos, guacamole, or the house chicken wings. On a cool day, order a bowl of green chile pork stew or pozole with pork. Try the refreshing taco or chopped Southwestern salad on a warm afternoon.
For your main meal, choose blue corn enchiladas, fish tacos, shrimp diablo pasta, or carnitas rancheras. Have a sizzling plate of fajitas, a green chile burger, or have a combination plate with all of your favorite Mexican flavors. For light eaters, you can order a la carte tamales, a tostada, a single enchilada, or enjoy a bowl of soup. The kids will get a kick out of the fried ice cream dessert or cinnamon and sugar churros. You can find La Ristra at 638 E. Warner Road in Gilbert or at 140 N. Arizona Road in Chandler.
We at Creme de la Creme of Gilbert hope you enjoyed taking the family out to eat at these fun family-friendly local restaurants. Which ones did your kids enjoy the most? Is there one you can recommend? If so, feel free to drop us a line and we’ll add it to the list.