While many people think of the Crescent City as a playground for adults, it’s also a highly family friendly city that welcomes people of all ages. We have numerous activities for young and old, as well as quite a few family-friendly dining spots. The restaurants run the gamut from pizza to Tex-Mex to New Orleans-style fare. Bring your appetite at more than 20 kid-friendly restaurants in six distinct neighborhoods, all accessible from downtown on convenient public transportation.
Mid-City is located just northwest of the French Quarter and downtown area and is easily accessible by the Canal Street streetcar line. Mid-City also has many dining options for families with children in tow. Pizza is quite popular with young ones, and Mid-City delivers with Theo’s Pizza and Mid-City Pizza. Both have fun, laid-back environments that are perfect for kids. Juan’s Flying Burrito is also a great spot to dine with little ones — they’ve got the crunchy Americanos tacos (ground beef and cheese) that most kids love. They also have a vibrant scene so parents need not worry about noisy children. Finally, Katie’s Restaurant and Bar is a fantastic dining spot that offers brunch on Sundays. Their classic Eggs Anyway dish is ideal for kids due to its simplicity and the fact that the eggs can be prepared any way the diner pleases.
Uptown is easily accessible via the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line or the Magazine Street bus. My top recommendation here is New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company since they offer child-sized portions of chicken tenders, fried shrimp and hamburgers. If you’re Uptown and pizza’s what’s on the mind of youngsters, Slice is an excellent option because, as the name indicates, they sell pizza by the slice, which is valuable when everyone wants pizza a different way. If Tex-Mex is the craving du jour then Taqueria Corona on Magazine Street will have what you’re looking for. They offer a special child’s plate with a choice of one of their 10 tacos along with beans and rice. Finally, if breakfast and/or brunch is at the top of the day’s list, visit Slim Goodies Diner on Magazine Street. They’re known for their generous portion sizes and family-friendly vibe.
Since most of the city’s lodging and accommodations fall between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD), this is where many visitors spend much of their time here in New Orleans. Not surprisingly, the French Quarter and CBD are also loaded with family-friendly dining spots. In the Quarter you can rely on Louisiana Pizza Kitchen to deliver tasty pizza pies in a comfortable environment. The dining room is large and casual, perfect for a family. If you’re looking to grab brunch on the weekends, visit Cafe Amelie on Royal Street. Dining in the courtyard is ideal when the weather is cooperative. Although Crescent City Brewhouse is known for its house-brewed beer, it’s also a great family spot. The atmosphere is laid-back and the dining room is large so families blend in easily among the other patrons.
Central Business District/SOMA/Warehouse District
The CBD is undergoing a renaissance, with new restaurants cropping up in its sub-sections like the Warehouse District and SOMA. Kids and adults alike can enjoy American Sector, located on the campus of The National WWII Museum. Their lunch menu features several kid-friendly options, and their large open dining space is both inviting and relaxing for families with small children. Cochon Butcher is a great option for sandwiches; there’s also Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse just across the street, featuring an outdoor patio perfect for little ones. SOMA features a trio of kid-approved restaurants all within steps of one another. Take them to Company Burger for a classic (and fantastic) cheeseburger and fries; Blaze Pizza for customizable pizzas ideal for picky eaters; or Willa Jean for a slightly more upscale experience with kid-friendly touches like the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever taste. They even come with a whisk of cookie dough. Legacy Kitchen’s Oyster Counter + Tap Room inside the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel is an ideal mix of an adult atmosphere and kid-friendly vibes from chef Robert Bruce, whose resume includes Palace Cafe and Smith & Wollensky steakhouses. Parents will love the abundance of Gulf oysters; the kids can chow down on fried chicken. And for dessert? Coffee and beignets, which are also on the menu.
Garden District / Lower Garden District / Irish Channel
Between Uptown and downtown are the Garden District, Lower Garden District and Irish Channel neighborhoods. Both Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue are close, if not included in, these neighborhoods so the St. Charles Street car or Magazine Street bus are perfect transportation options from downtown. On Magazine Street, one can find Joey K’s, District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew and Surrey’s, all within the stretch of about a mile. Joey K’s delivers fun family-friendly New Orleans-style food while District Donuts provides a wide selection of donuts and sliders. They even have milk and OJ on tap for discerning little diners. On St. Charles Avenue, diners with kids craving Japanese cuisine can visit Sushi Brothers (it’s also just a block or so from the St. Charles Avenue Slice location). They have quite a few child-friendly options including chicken teriyaki, tempura shrimp and asparagus tempura rolls for the more adventurous small eaters.
Riverbend / Carrollton
Finally, a long but enjoyable ride on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar will get you over to the Riverbend / Carrollton neighborhood area. Here diners have many options, especially along Oak Street. On St. Charles Avenue, however, families can dine at the perennial New Orleans favorite, The Camellia Grill. They serve up a classic diner dishes in a super casual environment. Diners sit around a low countertop on backless stools while they watch the cooks prepare their food to order. Once on Oak Street, many dining options are within sight. If you’re looking for a delicious and satisfying burger, try TruBurger. They have numerous specialty burgers but also offer a “build your own” option for picky palates. Milkshakes, fries, and hot dogs round out their offerings. There’s also Cowbell, serving up an epic mac ‘n’ cheese. Finally, last but certainly not least, visit Jacques-Imo’s with your family for the ultimate New Orleans dining experience. Jacques-Imo’s is a loud, raucous dining spot serving up delectable New Orleans favorites. Their fried chicken plate is a great option for young ones.