Eating out can be somewhat tricky when you’ve got kids in tow.
Fortunately the area is well-stocked in kid-friendly restaurants.
Whether they offer children’s specials or fun play areas, these local restaurants cater to youngsters. So head out with the family and put the money you would have spent on a baby sitter toward a sweet dessert the whole group will enjoy.
241 Telegraph Road
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
For family fun south of the border-style, head to MÃ Mexico. The bright, punchy colors liven up every meal, and the chips and salsa give hungry kids a little snack before the main course.
Co-owner Antonio Amador says the most popular child’s plate is the quesadilla, although burritos, tacos, enchiladas and even American staples like grilled cheese sandwiches and hamburgers are all available for children. For an adult appetite, he recommends the fajitas and carne asada.
Old Town CafÃ©
316 W. Holly St.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Old Town CafÃ©, located in the heart of Bellingham’s Old Town, is an ideal place for kids to get fed and entertained. The cafÃ© offers a play area with toys and books as well as a wait staff accustomed to helping families and catering to children.
The most popular item on the kids’ menu is the whimsical teddy-bear shaped pancakes, though other organic and vegetarian items also are available.
For adults the cafÃ©’s version of eggs Benedict and the design-your-own omelets are crowd-pleasers. The only caveat is the occasional long wait on weekends, so plan ahead.
4301 Guide Meridian
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
With salads for light eaters, steaks for hungry dads and an extensive kids menu, Billy McHale’s has something for every member of the family. Options for kids include fish and chips, burgers, pizza and chicken strips, but owner Kristy Knopp says the ribs are a favorite with the youngsters.
Wednesdays and Sundays are the day to dine, as kids’ entrees are half-off, and balloons are available from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Or come in for a birthday sundae and watch the toy train drive by with a birthday sign.
207 E. Holly St.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Sundays
Things on sticks are usually pretty popular with kids: popsicles, lollipops and corn dogs just to name a few. So it’s only natural that a place that specializes in kebabs would play well with children.
Owner Danielle Kazemzadeh recommends the lunch bowls, which feature smaller servings of falafel, chicken or ground beef on rice for a kid’s appetite. She says the meals are great for pickier eaters, and they open up kids to new kinds of food as well.