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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

25 St. Louis Area Restaurants That Feed the Kiddos for Cheap

Posted By on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM

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Sure, plenty of national chains offer deals where kids eat free, but they might not be that pleasing to the parents who have to eat with the young 'uns. Without the advertising budgets of the big players, St. Louis' hometown restaurants aren't as vocal about their free and super-cheap kids' menus (I'm looking at you, IHOP). But there are plenty of local options for families who don't want to tuck into a steam tray at the nearest chain buffet.

A few things to remember with all of these restaurants: Each has its own parameters for deals, and all have the right to change the deal whenever they please. Family deals have exploded in the past year and a half, as the restaurant industry has shifted to accommodate the down economy. It's sure to continue shifting. If you absolutely must have the cheap deal, contact the restaurant in advance.

Ask in advance what constitutes a kid's meal. One metro-east restaurant's idea of a meal for a six-year-old was a plate of fries and one pre-made chicken tender. Rest assured that restaurant's not on this list.

(Skinflint Parent's Rule #1: A deal's not a deal if you have to feed your kid later.)

Unless otherwise noted, assume the deal pertains to children under twelve years of age. Some places are generous enough to feed two kids for every purchased adult meal and beverage. Most stick to one meal from the children's menu per purchased adult meal.

Free or reduced-price kids' meals usually can't be combined with other offers and might not include a beverage.

Pack up the minivan and feed the family. Or, if you're child-averse, consider this a list of places to avoid.

Got a favorite family deal that's not included? Tell us in the comments!

B. Hall's Bar and Grill Kids eat free all day Tuesday with purchase of adult meal over $6. 3782 Monticello Plaza St. Charles 636-300-8002

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Big Chief Roadhouse Kids ten and under eat free on Tuesdays with $8 adult purchase. 17352 Manchester Road Wildwood 636-458-3200

Caito's Restaurant Kids eat from on Mondays and Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m. Two kids' meals with purchase of each adult meal. 414 THF Boulevard Chesterfield 636-530-9222

Chris' Pancakes and Dining Kids ten and under eat free on Tuesdays. 5890 Southwest Avenue 314-645-2088

The Concord Grill Kids ten and under eat free on Tuesdays with purchase of adult meal and beverage. 11427 Concord Village Avenue South St. Louis County 314-849-5239

d.Dooley's 026 Grill Kids eat free Sundays through Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. with adult purchase 568 Old Smizer Mill Road Fenton 636-343-9268

Del Pietro's Kids ten and under eat free Tuesday nights. Includes kids menu items and half-orders of pasta. 5625 Hampton Avenue 314-351-1700

The Emperor's Palace Kids eat free Tuesday nights. 17360 Chesterfield Airport Road Chesterfield 636-537-8188

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