Family-friendly restaurants come in all shapes and sizes and in Milwaukee there’s plenty to choose from. On our latest visit there this summer we enjoyed a long weekend of family fun in between several fantastic restaurants. If you’re looking for some good choices let me recommend a few:
Café Benelux is name after the Benelux region (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg) and its regional influence shows in the menu with pannenkoeken, frites, bacon-wrapped benelux meatloaf (my delicious pick), and seafood fra diavolo (that’s mussels, shrimp, cod, linguine, tomato diavolo sauce, spinach, parmesan, and basil). Wait, what about the family-friendly part? Actually, the kids’ meals alone would lasso my family back into Café Benelux. Why? Because they offer the best kids’ meal we’ve ever encountered.
Look at the meal size! My son is in between kids’ meals and regular menu items but this meal was perfect. He loved his mac n ‘cheese and left full and content and didn’t ask to order a second kids’ meal as usual.
Check out the fruit and veggies! Plus, notice the divided food sections. Talk about an ideal eating situation for picky eaters who don’t like their foods to touch.
As for the adults, if there is one thing you must try – the tater tots filled with bacon bits and bleu cheese and served with sriracha mayo. The photo I took didn’t do the appetizer justice so you will have to see and try these tasty treats for yourself.
Where to find Café Benelux: 346 N. Broadway Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Cafe at the Plaza
My husband and I always feel lucky when we stumble upon a neighborhood restaurant where locals are frequent customers. What makes Café at the Plaza’s unique is not just the Art Deco architecture but that it is located in one of Milwaukee’s historic hotel and apartment complexes. The patio where we sat on a gorgeous morning is situated between two ivy coated walls while inside has a lively family-friendly vibe.
As for the menu items, The Cafe makes everything from scratch. The seasonal organic ingredients derive from a local farmers co-op. I opted for the Baked Oatmeal which is served with ginger yogurt, dried fruits and nuts, brown sugar and a side of toast. I will return just for that. The kids devoured their pancakes and bacon and my husband went with the classic eggs, bacon, and hash browns. As you can see by the photo…it’s pretty hardy meal. And according to my husband it tasted homemade. Great food for the entire family.
Where to find Café at the Plaza: 1007 North Cass St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
When my family walked through the doors of Maxie’s we said in unison, “Cool!” Red walls, sparkling chandeliers with red accents, tall and short tables, laughter from families and a buzz of festivities made this southern inspired restaurant an instant hit and we hadn’t even tasted the food yet.
Based off the the “Low Country” cooking of the Carolinas, Creole and Cajun cooking of Louisiana the menu offers traditional slow-smoked southern barbeque and a long menu of other Southern comfort food. Think gumbo, jambalaya, chicken fried chick, po’ boys, mac n cheese and grits. And as the couple sitting next to us warned, the portions are massive “so order wisely”. While tempted, we didn’t try the raw bar with fresh oysters, clams and shrimp but we did order a second basket of sweet cornbread before our plates of mac n cheese and seafood arrive. You likely will, too.
Here’s the deal for families…Sunday night’s special is $1 kids meals. You can’t beat the price but what’s even better is the food.
Where to find Maxie’s: 6732 W. Fairview Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Thank you to these three restaurants for hosting my family and showing us your welcoming family-friendly atmospheres and meals.