2016 Family Favorite Winners: Eats

Here's the dish on local parents/ favorite places to celebrate food with their children.

Here’s the dish on local parents/ favorite places to celebrate food with their children.

Family Style Restaurant

TIJUANA FLATS
tijuanaflats.com
Tijuana Flats has quickly become a family favorite among Central Florida families, and for good reason! The restaurant was founded by a University of Central Florida grad. Tijuana Flats offers fast service and quality Mexican food in an eclectic environment. With tons of hot sauce options, graffiti on the walls and colorful strung lights, your kids will be too distracted to cause any fuss.

Kids Cooking Class

PUBLIX APRONS ORLANDO COOKING SCHOOL
7524 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando
407-226-9796
publix.com/aprons
Located conveniently inside Publix Supermarket, this cooking school invites people of all ages to cut up in the kitchen and learn the basics of how to put a meal together. Classes are designed to entertain, amuse and inspire young learners while teaching cooking techniques and covering trendy topics.

Farmers Market

WINTER PARK FARMERS MARKET
200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park
407-599-3397
cityofwinterpark.org
The Winter Park Farmers Market occurs every Saturday on Park Ave. It features local artisans, food companies, sweets, agriculture and more. Walk around the family-friendly atmosphere, and try out some new snacks while scoping out unique local vendors. Pets are welcome; there are even pet-centric vendors who offer yummy homemade treats for your furry family member.

Sweet Treat

JEREMIAH’S ITALIAN ICE
Jeremiahsice.com
Jeremiah’s serves up a vast array of deliciously unique Italian ice, gelati and soft-serve ice cream fl avors. Jeremiah’s has 10 locations in the Orlando area. This super cool treat spot swears by its company motto: Live life to the coolest!

Froyo Spot

MENCHIE’S
menchies.com
With seven convenient locations across Central Florida, it’s no wonder we all crave Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on the regular. Menchie’s serves its own custom blend of unique and delish flavors. Kids love to load up on the toppings, which include everything from chocolate chips to granola. Menchie’s cows are not treated with artificial growth hormones. Plus, Menchie’s offers gluten-free, vegan and high-fructose corn-syrup-free options daily.

Kid-Friendly Upscale Restaurant

HOLLERBACH’S WILLOW TREE CAFÉ
205 E. 1st St., Sanford
407-321-2204
hollerbachs.com
If you’re looking for authentic German food and music, this is the place. Located in downtown Sanford, this mom-and-pop restaurant is great for a group. Parents enjoy the German beer and Wiener Schnitzel, and kids love Polka dancing to the German folk songs performed live (select evenings). Oh, and did we mention each child’s dish comes with gummy worms? Prost!

Kids Play Area at a Restaurant

CHIK-FIL-A
chick-fil-a.com
Fried chicken and a rockin’ play area? Sign us up! Every Chick-Fil-A has a kids’ play gym blocked by glass walls so you can watch your child play as you eat your chicken in peace—every parents’ dream, right? Chick-Fil-A always keeps the play gym clean and offers a sanitary wipe station outside the play area doors so kids can wash their hands before and after playing.

Kids Eat Free Spot

STEAK ‘N SHAKE
steaknshake.com
Every weekend, kids eat free at Steak ‘n Shake! What kid doesn’t love a cheeseburger or a basket of chicken tenders? This family-friendly restaurant offers one free kids meal for every $8 spent by an adult on Saturdays and Sundays. Dine-in only; this offer does not stand for drive-through or take-out orders.

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