When you have a toddlers and young kids in two, it’s already a given that you’ll be spending lunch and dinner at fast food joints that serve their favorites. Is there a better alternative for you and your kids? Or are you destined to eat fast food fare until they are old enough to worry about cholesterol clogging their arteries? Here are five options that may just get your kids switch favorites. Fingers crossed!
Your little tot will love walking inside this dollhouse-inspired resto—baby pink refrigerator included. If you’re always too busy preparing breakfast to enjoy it, relax! Stacy’s has an all-day breakfast menu that you and your kids will keep reordering. Your mini-me can even hold a tea party of her own at Stacy’s play corner, styled as a kiddie outdoor dining set with tea party toys, white picket fence, and a mailbox. It’s so adorable, the resto is often booked for baby/bridal showers.
Stacy’s has branches at Capitol Greenstreet, QC, and Forbes Town Center, BGC.
2. RIB CITY
Is your rugrat a meatlover like you? Come down to Rib City, or “RB CTY” to the regulars who like their baby back ribs, soft and juicy. This is not to say that soup, salad, pasta, chicken, and fish are alien dishes. Rib City has those too, all written in a cityscape pop-up menu with matching hashtag #WeBuiltRBCTY (Yes, it’s a play on the Starship hit song “We Built This City”). With Legos that your kids can play with while waiting for mouth-watering ribs, this is one joint they’d probably want to go to again in the coming weekends.
Rib City has outlets in Maginhawa, UP Village, and Pioneer, Mandaluyong.
All carbs and no fiber make a dull whippersnapper. One way to get your child to eat healthier is to make veggies fun by hiding them inside a burrito. And here’s a bonus. For every Faburrito you eat, which is not only healthy but tasty, you get to help create opportunities for underprivileged and homeless children via the FabFoundation.
Faburrito is located at The Columns, Makati, Eastwood City Mall, and BGC Stopover.
4. ZOO COFFEE
If you have some multitasking to do and can’t find the time to take your toddler to the zoo, this might be the next best thing. Zoo Coffee is an urban safari-themed coffee shop that has branches in Korea and China. No force on earth can stop children from flocking to this café, especially when a life-sized stuffed giraffe is standing out front. Inside, they will see and get to interact with all kinds of stuffed animals: two baby giraffes, five pandas, a gorilla, two tigers (one Siberian, one Sumatran), two snakes, and six monkeys hanging from a life-sized tree. The animals can keep your kid company while you get your work done over waffles and bingsu. Win-win!
Zoo Coffee can be found at Alphaland Makati.
5. UNO MORATO
Head to Uno Morato, an all-Filipino bookstore, bar, restaurant, event space, and community center into one, and cultivate in your child the love for books while supporting local and independent book industry. It is home to both canon and contemporary books as well as a wide collection of children’s titles that you can guests read as much as they want and and buy only if they want to take them home.
Uno Morato is at GYY Garden Area, 1 Tomas Morato Avenue corner E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City.
Picking a child-friendly restaurant may not be the easiest thing to do in the world. Aside from considering cleanliness, crowd control, and ventilation, keeping tantrums at bay is a must for any parent or guardian. Find activities to do together, or at the very least, take this chance to talk about your child’s interests and you’ll do just fine.