ALLENDALE, N.J. -- We get it. You like to eat. And you like to eat out. But dining with kids, especially young ones -- can sometimes get sticky -- in more ways than one. Kudos to the places that offer up pleasing menus for both adults and kids as well as surroundings that don’t feel like you’re dining at Mickey D’s.
What's The Best Family-Friendly Restaurant in Bergen County?
Allendale Bar & Grill, Allendale
Baumgart's Cafe, Englewood, Edgewater, Ridgewater
The Iron Horse Restaurant, Westwood
Ragazzi Restaurant Lounge, Norwood
You picked the top five family-friendly restaurants in Bergen County as part of our DVlicious contest. Who will win top honors? Read below for a “taste” of one – all are being highlighted this week.
Voting continues through 4 p.m. Monday, Sept, Sept. 26. You can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.
The winner will receive a DVlicious certificate along with bragging rights to offering family-friendly dining for the food lovers in all of us.
Why It's Kid Worthy: Owners Denise Kimball and Kyle Cauwenberghs, a mother/son duo just like kids. Kyle (and partner) have a 3-year-old and can commiserate with the parents who bring their kids to eat. "We want the parents and the kids to have a good experience," said Kimball.
That means training their wait staff to do "whatever it takes" to make the kids happy... coloring books and crayons, serving the kids first (if the parents say so), offering high chairs and a changing table in the bathroom. Most of all, being patient, which can also mean suddenly wrapping food to go if/when a meltdown occurs.
"Our place isn't so fancy that some milk on the floor or a flying chicken finger can't be scooped up," said Kimball. "We are like training wheels for a French restaurant."
The eatery, made famous in a "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" episode, is known for its extensive breakfast menu, homemade soup and oversized "sanguiches."
Take The Family: 101 West Allendale Ave., Allendale (201) 825-0110, www.allendaleeats.com/ .