Billy G’s is always busy, and it’s no secret why. An extensive indoor and outdoor renovation a few years ago transformed this place into the perfect mix of restaurants: an attractive, hip place where adults can drink and mingle, but also a family-friendly destination where kids are welcome. The menu is well-rounded and the festively-lit outdoor patio and pergola are beautiful. Billy G’s is located at 131 W. Argonne, Kirkwood, MO, 63122. Call 314-984-8000. Note that the new Joey B’s Manchester, which opened in early May, opens cozy, spacious patio dining as well. Both restaurants are part of the Gianino family of restaurants.
Cardinals Nation Restaurant
Nothing brings the family together like rooting for the Redbirds. Cardinals Nation Restaurant is a prime spot to join all the bustling action on game day, but their three patios are perfect for enjoying on off days, too. Plus, their recommended attire is “baseball casual” – score! Cardinals Nation is in Ballpark Village at 601 Clark Ave., Unit #102, St. Louis, MO, 63102. Call 314-345-9880.
The Boathouse in Forest Park
Bring your out-of-town guests to enjoy this relaxed locale situated in the middle of beautiful Forest Park. The Boathouse is a great venue for lunch, brunch or dinner, or simply a relaxing cold drink after a day at play. Watch the sunset year-round from lakeside tables situated beneath cheery yellow umbrellas. Note to parents: keep an extra-attentive eye on wandering kids, since there is no barrier between the dining and the dock. The Boathouse is located at 6101 Government Drive (between The Muny and Saint Louis Zoo), St. Louis, MO, 63110. Call 314-367-2224.
Chandler Hill Vineyards
Wait, wine? Why not one glass? It’s so relaxing at Chandler Hill Vineyards in the heart of Missouri wine country. Rest easy on their outdoor patio overlooking the vineyards and lake. There’s not a separate kid’s menu, but warm pretzel sticks and gourmet grilled cheese will suit the younger set just fine. Chandler Hill is located at 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, MO, 63341. Call 636-798-2675.
Centrally-located Brick Top’s (next to Plaza Frontenac) is one of those “nicer” restaurants where you may be unsure about taking the kids at first. Rest assured, they are happy to cater to the kiddos, and their large covered patio is the perfect place to find 1-year-olds lunching next to the business crowd. Their children’s menu has all the staples, like corn dogs, chicken tenders and French fries, plus healthier options like grilled salmon or mahi mahi, veggies and fruit, and each meal is just $6. BrickTop’s is located at 10342 Clayton Road, Frontenac, MO, 63131. Call 314-567-6300.
Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
There’s lots to love about St. Louis original Hacienda. Choose from plenty of appetizers, entrées and combo plates featuring all your traditional Mexican favorites, plus enjoy a large outdoor veranda with colorful landscaping and a relaxed atmosphere. Hacienda is located at 9748 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO, 63119. Call 314-962-7100.
Summertime and barbeque, is there a more perfect pairing? Check out Hendricks BBQ in St. Charles for finger-licking dinner platters with all the fixings. Their double-decker outdoor dining area features a large stone fireplace with globe lights strung overhead in festive fashion. Hendricks BBQ is located at 1200 S. Main Street, St. Charles, MO, 63301. Check their website in advance for directions to parking. Call 636-724-8600.
Bar Louie in Kirkwood
Make plans to visit Bar Louie at Kirkwood Station Plaza. There are plenty of burgers, sandwiches and other stand-by options on their menu to suit everyone in your family, and there’s a kid’s menu as well. They have tons of tables out on the plaza, and the place is packed on Thursday nights for Kirkwood’s annual summer concert series (starts in June; visit www.downtownkirkwood.com for details.) One note of caution: Bar Louie’s house rules state that “unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten.” You’ve been warned. Bar Louie is located at 110 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO, 63122. Call 314-238-2300.
4204 Main Street Brewing Company
Belleville eatery 4204 Main Street Brewing Company really is a place for the entire family, as the covered outdoor patio is dog-friendly. The rest of your crew will enjoy it as well, with so many menu options to choose from – burgers, steaks, chicken, pork, pasta, seafood, flatbread pizza, wraps and more. (They offer a kid’s menu, too.) A large list of what’s on tap comes with recommended pairings from the menu. 4204 Main Street Brewing Company is located, naturally, at 4204 W. Main Street, Belleville, IL, 62226. Call 618-416-7261.
Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria
Feast on delicious Italian cuisine hand-crafted from fresh, local ingredients at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria. This charming eatery may be located next to a strip mall, but they’ve gone out of their way to have you seeing green in their rustic outdoor seating area that features garden beds overflowing with produce and flowers. Katie’s is located at 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, MO, 63119. Call 314-942-6555.
Karen Hill is a Florissant native who spent over a decade in communications at the Missouri Botanical Garden. She's currently a SAHM to three children ages two and under (yes, that includes twins) and resides with her family in Kirkwood.
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