Flagstaff may be a small town, but one thing that Flagstaff is big on is restaurants. It seems like new ones pop up almost weekly. Some restaurants offer free kids meals or discounts on certain days or times during the week; but I’m focusing on where we go so the kids are entertained. Yes, where they have something to do other than play with the salt, sugar packets, and forks.
MIX – MIX makes my list because they skip the traditional crayons and coloring book-style kid’s menu for (I’m not actually sure what they are called) colorful bendy sticks. Whatever they are, they are pretty cool and do a decent job of entertaining the kids for a bit! MIX has casual, open seating inside and outdoor patio seating. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are located in The Old Town Shops downtown.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria – I believe Grimaldi’s has the typical crayon / coloring menu combo, but what is super fun for the kiddos is that they bring each child a big ball of fresh, warm dough to play with served on a pizza pie pan. As an adult, even I want to play with this! Grimaldi’s also has indoor and outdoor seating and is open for lunch and dinner and is located at Aspen Place at Sawmill.
Chick-Fil-A – Sometimes we need a quick, fast food option for the kids, but we also still need the entertainment factor. Chick-Fil-A on Milton has a great indoor play area. I like to grab a seat near the enclosed jungle gym so I can either watch through the glass or go in quickly myself. This play area is nice because when they kids climb up to the different levels, it is all enclosed so they cannot possibly fall off and break every bone in their body like at a traditional outdoor park jungle gym. There are also sanitizing wipes right by the play area door (yesssss).
The Toasted Owl Cafe – Sometimes it’s the small things that count. At both Toasted Owl locations, south of the tracks downtown and on the east side on Cortland Blvd., they supply a small basket of toys the kids can play with while they are there. This might not seem super fantastic, but my daughter thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread. She always picks out a few toys on the way to our table and then drops them back off when we are on our way out. Super simple and it keeps her occupied for the whole meal! Toasted Owl serves breakfast and lunch.
Black Barts Steakhouse – Black Barts on Butler is a steakhouse and saloon with a live musical revue nightly. So if signing and dancing are your kids’ jam, this is the place for you! The staff, mainly made up of NAU theater majors, play songs from all decades and genres – even Disney! So put those cute little cowboy boots on the littles and head on over for dinner!
So that is just a handful of the many amazing, family friendly restaurants in here Flagstaff. With good company and good food you can’t go wrong; but a bit of entertainment for the kids definitely makes any meal more manageable.