What are the best kids meals in Orange County? We were thinking this very thing. Although we’re not fans of the typical fast food kid’s meals, except of course when they’re free, there are many restaurants that offer kid’s meals that are either a good value, higher quality, or healthier. Here is list of restaurants that serve our favorite kid’s meals that are delicious and beautifully presented:
*Indicating beer/wine/bar/happy hour available for accompanying adults
Best Kids Meals in Orange County (Last update: 9/10/17)
Chipotle – For under $5.00, you can get a quesadilla or a nifty little build your own kit in a bento like container. First, choose a protein. I love the carnitas or the chicken, but be aware that the chicken is a little peppery, in case your little ones have sensitive taste buds. Saranya’s kids like the chicken and carne asada (steak) and MaryAnne’s girls like the vegetarian taco meal with the oh so good cilantro lime rice, beans, and two toppings. The kits come with two soft tortillas or crunchy taco shells, a cute mini bag of tortilla chips or a package of blueberries, and juice or organic milk. This is a great little deal for an affordable price.
The Counter – This is one of our local watering holes. Solid happy hour and kid’s meals make us regulars. Although the options are the familiar kid’s menu items such as chicken tenders, grilled cheese and pb&j, they do it well. The best value and tastiest choice is the 2 mini cheeseburgers with American cheese and pickles on Hawaiian buns. Every combo comes with choice of a side – you can certainly choose the healthier applesauce or carrot sticks, but we always choose either the shoestring fries or sweet potato fries – both are so addictively crunchy and delicious! It also comes with a juice, milk or lemonade. Let’s also mention that one of the choices is a veggie kabob, a colorful and appetizing dish for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The manager gave us a great tip: you can ask for a veggie pattie in lieu of the meat patties in the mini burger. These are refreshing non-meat alternatives from places that always seem to offer plain pasta as the vegetarian choice. Another option for multiple kids who are opting to share: an order of their chili comes in a huge bowl. The chili is hearty, rich and meaty. Order a side of curly fries and you have chili fries for several happy mouths! *Come in during Happy Hour (see our Happy Hour review for details) Mon-Fri/3-6 to feed the whole family!