We as parents are morally and legally obligated to feed our children. Sometimes, it is truly joyous to share a meal with them—other times, not so much. But before you pass a nice restaurant with your kids in tow, sigh, and dutifully proceed to the nearest drive-thru instead, listen up. Fight the urge, and instead visit one of these Northside establishments. Each, in its own way, fits the needs of a hungry family.
Aldaco's Mexican Cuisine
20079 Stone Oak, (210) 494-0561, aldacos-stoneoak.com
For a true Tex-Mex fix, call ahead to arrange for a table on the stunning, smoke-free patio and gaze at the miles of identically planned communities under a seemingly endless sky while munching on crispy chips and fresh salsa. The adjacent manicured green lawn allows for kids, with parental supervision, to get a few wiggles out before being expected to sit for a meal—which may include an award-winning margarita, or two, for mom or dad, and an equally notable slice of tres leches cake for exemplary kiddos.
Whole Foods Market Vineyard
18403 Blanco, (210) 408-3110, wholefoodsmarket.com
If you want to expose your little darlings to a smorgasbord of cuisine, the self-serve salad and hot food bar, along with made-to-order, oven fired pizzas and a create-your-own sandwich counter is a culinary adventure. Explore the many tastes with samples along the way and end up with a perfectly curated kid’s meal. Grab a drink from Bar Blanco and select a table indoors our outside; either way, there are plenty of high chairs. When finished with the meal, have fun sorting the remnants in to the containers for trash, compost or recycle.
13259 Blanco, (210) 251-2602, blancobbq.com
Food, beer, wine and a backyard. Now that the basics are clear, let’s investigate the details. With a playground perfectly suited for solid walkers and up, playhouses and low-to-the-ground, colorful picnic tables, this clean and fenced-in backyard near Hardberger Park is ideal for enjoying a meal outdoors. The Current’s food editor gave this relatively new joint points for accommodating large parties and for the succulent smoked chicken and turkey. On your way out, visit Blanco’s market featuring Texas-produced jams or sauces. Let your kid “ring the bell” to round out the experience.
The Point Park and Eats
24180 Boerne Stage, (210) 251-3380, parkatthepoint.com
A rotating selection of food trucks should keep picky eaters satisfied. A playground with a rock wall and steep slide ensures the big kids will be worn out by the time y’all are ready to head home. Bring some toys along if your kid is on the younger side, or try showing them around the local art gallery. The Point boasts an open-air bar with a wide selection of craft beer and wine.