You have a busy life with all sorts of kids’ activities. They play sports, they take music lessons, or take part in countless other activities you couldn’t have imagined before having children. That means when it’s time to eat, the last thing you want to do is go home and start cooking.
The good news is, we have plentiful kid-friendly options most nights of the week right here in the Chagrin Valley and surrounding area. They not only want you to come in on week nights with your kids, they have good deals and / or entertainment to make it more pleasant. Many even allow kids to eat for FREE on certain nights. Yes, free!
We have families, too, so we did the legwork for you and put together a list. Take a look:
Burntwood Tavern, Chagrin Falls
At this local favorite, kids eat free all day on Mondays with the purchase of an adult meal. Complimentary valet parking is great for loading and unloading the munchkins, and optional outdoor seating is a nice option as well.
Oak and Embers, Chesterland
“Magic Monday” at Oak and Embers may not offer a ‘kids eat free’ deal, but they do have a magician performing from 6-8 pm. While you’re waiting for the magician to get to your table, Oak and Embers has paper “tablecloths” so your kids can be a crayon Picasso to their heart’s content.
Pro Tip: order the burnt ends appetizer and give your kids the plantain chips that come on the side.
Cowboy Food and Drink, Chagrin Falls
This roadhouse specializes in savory BBQ and Tex-Mex, which you can enjoy on Mondays when kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. For added fun, they often have a woman on hand making balloon animals – a good way to keep the little ones entertained!
Pro Tip: Bring quarters for the games if you get really desperate.
Grove Hill, Chagrin Falls
Grove Hill is a popular local spot to grab a meal, and Tuesdays are a good day to do it with the family, since kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. It’s always hard for parents to find time to go to great gourmet restaurants and Grove Hill’s food is second-to-none. Do it on a Tuesday when you don’t have to pay for buttered noodles or the phenomenal chicken fingers.
Panini's Bar & Grill, Chagrin Falls
Another local favorite, with outdoor seating and a nice wine list, Panini's features specials for the kids on Tuesdays. Drop in, unwind with some wings and pizza, watch the game, and most of all, get the kids out of the house for the day!
Ruby Tuesday Aurora
You’ve been to Ruby Tuesday before, but did you know that kids eat free all summer long from 5 pm to close on (you guessed it) Tuesday nights? They have American fare at reasonable prices, making this a good choice for a last-minute dinner out. And of course, if you’re trying to eat a little bit healthier, Ruby Tuesday is known for the salad bar and also has many meals that are 700 calories or under.
Buffalo Wild Wings Aurora
Buffalo Wild Wings has kids meals for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal every Wednesday. As with most places, “kids” are defined as kids under the age of 12. If wings are your thing, it goes without saying that this is a place you want to check out.
Pro Tip: They have tablet games you can grab and put in your kids hands to keep them occupied while you wait.
Zoup!, Solon, Beachwood
If Wednesday is your night to get out, you can zip over to Zoup!, where kids meals are free after 4 pm when you buy an adult meal. A bowl of hot soup may sound weird during the summer, but don’t worry! Zoup’s menu includes eight different salads and eight different sandwiches at the Solon location.
TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Stir Crazy, Lyndhurst
Tuesdays AND Thursdays at Legacy Village boast kids eat free specials, each time kicking off after 4 pm. If your family likes Asian cuisine, that makes this a no-brainer place to eat this summer!
Melt Bar and Grilled, Independence, Mentor
Another Tuesdays and Thursdays special, kids eat ‘cheap’ here on those days with the purchase of an adult meal. These locations aren't exactly close to the Chagrin Valley, but anyone who finds themselves in the neighborhood has likely felt the draw of the over-sized Melt menu. With a combo of fun grilled cheese sandwiches like you’ve never seen, plus cocktails and craft beers, this is a good spot for a family evening.
Quaker Steak & Lube Valley View
More wings? More wings. This one features “$1.99 Kids’ Lube Cruiser Meals” on Sundays and affordable wings and beverages for the parents. And if your kids are especially good you can treat them to a phenomenal dessert of the “Amazing Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie,” which is exactly as good as it sounds.
Pro Tip: Kids 10 years and younger receive a free meal on their birthday.
Plaza Agave Chagrin Falls
Another Mexican establishment, this place also features family-focused specials on Sunday when kids eat free. Plaza Agave has outdoor dining options and this is just down the street from Dairy Island for post-meal ice cream.
As you can see, there are plentiful options in the region to avoid the kitchen and maybe even save a few bucks with the family.
So get out there and enjoy a night out! You earned it!