Restaurant Hopping with the Kids

Okra fries were a hit.

Okra fries were a hit.

Going to three different restaurants for dinner was a fun adventure for our twin grandsons. We were planning an overnight with the boys recently and decided to take Saturday night dinner up a notch by restaurant hopping. We planned to order just a few dishes to share at each spot, giving us an opportunity to try some new tastes. Making our plans ahead of time turned out to be a wise idea. Planning the number of restaurants we would visit and the order in which we would visit them made it easier to pace our eating, and it let the boys know what is coming and when it was going to end. The last restaurant was one they were familiar with; the first two were new tastes. So they could plan what they wanted for the last stop and save room for that.

 Our first stop was Chai Pani, billed as an Indian street food restaurant. The vibe is exotic and warm with colorful posters and bright red walls. Many of the dishes offered are snacks to share. They also have sandwiches, salads, and a couple of full dinners each night. Many of the dishes are kid-friendly, with suggestions on the menu for kid’s plates.

puri photo An order of puri 

Everything on the menu sounded so good that we might have over eaten at our first stop. In all, we ended up with five plates filling our table with food. We ordered papadum – large crispy lentil crackers served with tamarind and green chutney dipping sauces. This was a great beginning.  Next came the Sev Potato Dahi Puri which is a puffed flour crisp filled with potatoes, onions, cilantro and chick pea noodles, then drizzles with yogurt dressing. The five little bite size puffs were gone in a flash. The Okra Fries were the biggest hit, with every last paper-thin piece of okra devoured. The Chicken Pakoras (bite-size nuggets with a spiced curried chickpea batter) and the Kale Pakoras (kale fritters) come piled high on the plate with certainly enough to share — we ended up taking some home. These were all great tastes for our 10-year olds to have fun trying.

 Next stop – Farm Burger. We decided to forego the popular burgers and try a variety of side dishes. The deviled eggs are very tasty, but the mac and cheese and cheese grits were the favorite. I had to eat the kale salad all by myself  — too many other good gooey tastes available.

 Last stop, Ted’s Montana Grill. Our boys think the milkshakes are a huge treat. The servers always bring the milkshake in the big silver cup that the milkshakes are churned in along with a glass and straw. There is always a little more than a glassful in the silver cup, which is a tasty windfall. French fires, onion rings, and chili seemed to do the trick for our last stop. At one point I noticed the boys holding their stomachs in painful delight.


About mickeybaskett

It wouldn’t be prudent to disclose the number of years Mickey Baskett has been writing, editing, and producing art, craft, and lifestyle do-it-yourself books -- just know that she was intimately involved with Mac-rame in the day. The beginning of her love affair with food started when she was nine years old and manifested itself in the form of a casserole. Her published cookbook, Gourmet Garnishes, is proof of that long and loving relationship. The constantly evolving food scene in Decatur is fodder for her musings.
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2 Responses to Restaurant Hopping with the Kids

  1. kristin says:

    That sounds like a wonderful night for your grandkids!

  2. maryflad says:

    Sounds like fun, Mickey. Great post!

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