As much as we’d love to keep up with all the latest news about restaurant openings and the hottest chefs on Austin’s culinary scene, the truth is, as busy parents, those kind of updates fall low on the long list of priorities. Far from being young, hip foodies, we often find ourselves out-of-the-loop when friends are chatting about Austin’s trendiest NEW restaurants.
However, we’re thrilled that Austin does have such a thriving, vibrant food culture, and we want to throw some support to any of these hot spots that keep families in mind! So below we’re rounding up some of the new-ish Austin restaurants to check out the next time you’re looking for a place to eat out with the kids.
— Home Slice Pizza – North Loop
501 East 53rd St.
Those of us north of the river had been anxiously awaiting the opening of beloved Home Slice Pizza’s second location, and boy did it not disappoint! The outdoor patio with children’s play area is equipped with a unique space to run off some wiggles and play some games of corn hole with mom and dad. It’s super cute (in top photo above)! Of course, like the South location, kids are offered a big ball of dough to play with before the meal to keep those little hands busy at the table. We also love that this Home Slice has a cool full bar and also features newer menu items like square Sicilian-style pie and Buffalo chicken wings. (Menu)
5811 Berkman Dr.
One of our favorite new patios (featuring tiny rocking horses for your littles), Hanks offers a lovely bright and airy spot in Windsor Park for all-day dining. With a coffee shop & cafe at one end and the dining room and bar open at the other end for lunch, dinner and happy hour, Hanks offers something for everyone. We love the menu of fresh burger, pastas, and house-made pastries, and plenty of kid’s selections. (Menu)
— Sour Duck Market
1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
From the team behind Odd Duck and Barley Swine, Sour Duck Market focuses on casual fare and casual environment. The majority of seating is made up of picnic tables outdoors, allowing copious space for kids (and dogs) to play. The menu offers kid-friendly dishes like Taco Pizza by the slice, burgers, grilled cheese and seared corn on the cob. Sour Duck Market also features a bakery case stocked with kolaches, croissants, cookies and other treats that kids are sure to love. (Menu)
— Cookbook Bar & Cafe
710 W. César Chávez St.
We just adore the Austin Central Library, and the fact that it now includes a cafe is even more exciting. Cookbook Bar & Café is a counter-service eatery inside the Austin Public Library with a menu that draws from the pages of cookbooks created by revered chefs across the country. How cool is that? Breakfast is served daily, and the lunch and dinner menu features plenty of options (including the Kids Corner). There’s also a full bar service for mom and dad. (Menu)
111 Congress Ave.
We love this Austin food hall that features a wide range of cuisines all in one space, including: Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Contigo, Dai Due, Easy Tiger, Ni-Komé/Daruma Ramen, and Henbit. Cookies, tacos, hot pretzels, ramen, mac-n-cheese all under one roof! Plus, they have a pretty outdoor patio space for outdoor dining, too. Read about our experience at Fareground.
— Bird Bird Biscuit
2701 Manor Rd.
Our kids love the comfort food of biscuits filled with eggs, bacon and cheese. Open for breakfast and lunch, this hot spot on Manor Rd. features a variety of scratch-made biscuit sandwiches, biscuits & gravy, and doughnut holes made from biscuit dough. Yum! (Menu)
— Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd. Austin
This delightful South Austin spot has a terrific patio vibe that includes a sweet little pond, chicken coop, and garden. Part coffee shop, part bar, this is a kid and dog-friendly venue for easy hangs. Here you’ll also find food trucks Leroy and Lewis Barbecue, Tommy Want Wingy, and Pueblo Viejo. (Menu)
— Vista Brewing
13551 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Driftwood, TX
Looking to get out of town for a short break from it all? Vista Brewing is one of the Hill Country’s newer destinations offering world-class beer and local cuisine, all in a family friendly environment. The 21-acre property offers plenty of shade, outdoor picnic tables, tree swings, a stage for live music and a kids playground area with plenty of room for the kiddos to roam while mom and dad enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine. (Menu)
Looking for more family friendly restaurants for kids?
Check out our big list of dining destinations with playgrounds!