When you’re traveling. there’s always the balance of eating delicious and unique local offerings but also making sure your kids don’t starve since they only want to eat a PB&J (yup, I’ve got one of those). Kid-friendly local restaurants aren’t always easy to find but luckily there was no shortage of options when we visited St. Louis recently.
We found tons of great options that left all of us (the picky and the adventurous) completely satisfied. So if you’re wondering where to eat with kids in St. Lous, here’s our favorite kid-friendly St. Louis restaurants!
Related Post: A St. Louis Family Trip Itinerary
Where to Eat With Kids in St. Louis
Fountain on Locust
Think grown-up soda fountain where kids can order ice cream. Fountain on Locust is a restored Art Deco soda fountain offers sandwiches, soups, and salads but the real reason to come here is the huge dessert martini menu plus fun sundae offerings. My kids loved the food and the ice cream. It’s a popular place so you might want to time this for an off-peak visit to avoid a long wait. You can check on wait times and even add your name to the waitlist via the Yelp Waitlist app.
Mission Taco Joint
There are several Mission Taco Joint locations throughout the city but the closest one to downtown is in Historic Soulard. This was hands-down our favorite meal in St. Louis. The tacos are small and perfect for sharing, they had a great kids menu for both my adventurous eater and picky eater, and the drinks and queso kept everyone happy while we waited for our food. If you only hit one place during your visit, make it Mission Taco Joint!
Related Post: Family Travel Gear You Might Not Think to Pack
Crown Candy Kitchen
The oldest soda shop in the city, Crown Candy Kitchen is in a transitional neighborhood about 10 minutes north of downtown. The original wooden booths offer the only seating so there’s not much room, but if it’s crowded you can place to-go orders at the counter. We stopped in for shakes after a day at the City Museum but they also serve sandwiches including their famous, enormous BLT. They also make their own chocolates so be sure to save some room for a few on the way out!
Clementine’s Creamery is a craft microcreamery tucked away in the Lafayette Square neighborhood. We lucked out in finding this gem because it was at the end of the street near our Airbnb. You can choose from the “nice” flavors (unique, delicious options for all ages) or the “naughty” flavors (booze-infused flavors for grown-ups). We loved trying the unique flavor combos and my husband loved the bourbon scoops!
Salt and Smoke
If you’re interested in a modern take on a classic St. Louis food, look no further than Salt and Smoke. This upscale (but super kid-friendly) BBQ joint offers unique twists and delicious flavors. My kids loved the fun hat, cups, and coloring menu, and I still dream about the butter cracker-covered mac and cheese. With all the side options, we were able to try a lot of different things for dinner and the huge bourbon list make my husband happy. Both locations are a bit outside of downtown but a fairly quick drive if you have a car.
Related Post: Road Trips for Families Series
The Sweet Divine
A cute little cupcake shop, The Sweet Divine is in the historic Soulard neighborhood and just around the corner from Mission Taco Joint. We love stopping into local places for treats and both the cupcakes and macrons hit the sweet spot for us after a yummy dinner. Their Drunken Pig cupcake with Newcastle Beer, bacon, and cheddar was a winner on Cupcake Wars if you’re looking for something unique.
This was the unexpected winner for breakfast on our way out of town after our first option was closed. Egg shares space with a BBQ taco joint so there’s lots of Tex-Mex influences. There also isn’t a kids menu so I wasn’t too sure how we’d fare, but the breakfast tacos were some of the best of my life and my kids easily devoured a plate of bacon and some breakfast potatoes. If you want to dine out for breakfast, I highly recommend you stop by!
Best Classic St. Louis Foods for Kids
My sister-in-law grew up in St. Louis and recommended a few places we didn’t have time to try. If you’re looking for quintessential St. Louis flavors and foods, check out some of this city’s classics your kids will love!
Have you been to St. Louis? What’s your favorite restaurant we missed? Leave a comment below!