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    Burtons Grill

     (484.6 mi)

    Sunday Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  Burtons Grill & Bar offers high-quality and innovative local fare to meet your many dietary needs or wants. They offer separate gluten-free and vegetarian menus with a large variety of options including starters, soups, salads, steaks, chicken, seafood, pasta dishes and sandwiches as well as Paleo dishes. They take great care with proper handling of gluten-free dishes with your meals served by a manager and different colored dishes.

    Browse their menu here.


     (487.7 mi)

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  B. Good offers seasonal food made from clean ingredients sourced locally. A large portion of their menu is gluten-free including their oven-baked french fries and sweet potato fries. Check out their menu here.

    Not Your Average Joe's

     (488.0 mi)

    Sunday Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  Not Your Average Joe's offers a huge selection of gluten-free offerings including dinner rolls, starters, salads, chicken, steak, seafood and pasta entrees, desserts and kid's menu items. If you want variety, this is a great place to check out. Browse their menu here.

    El Pelon Taqueria

     (492.8 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine with favorites like tostadas and burritos that will satisfy the whole family. Most of the menu can be made gluten-free by using corn tortillas and includes enchiladas, soft shell tacos and taquitos and plates of your choice of meat, fish, or vegetables accompanied by Mexican rice.

    Browse the menu here.

    Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant

     (494.2 mi)

    Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

    Erynn:  House-made vegan sour cream is just one highlight at Red Lentil- and their entire lunch & dinner menus are modeled around vegan and vegetarian needs. For grown-ups, dishes like their oyster mushroom "calamari" or vegan nachos are a fun departure from tofu or hummus (although they serve those, too!).

    Kids have their own menu with soy chicken strips, pizza, and smoothies. Also try brunch- vegan waffles are a hit!

    Veggie Crust

     (495.2 mi)

    Lunch & Dinner

    Erynn:  What's a plant-based diet without pizza?! Solely vegetarian and vegan recipes grace Veggie Crust's menu, with not just specialty pizzas, but also pastas, paninis, and house-made plant-milk based nice cream!

    Full Moon Restaurant

     (495.8 mi)

    Brunch and Dinner

    Kristy Pepping:  Full Moon's mission is to offer kid-friendly dining. They have won several awards for their unique approach to dining out as a family. Not only do they offer fun colorful buckets filled with toys to enjoy while dining, but a dedicated play area to use them in. As for the menu, you'll find kid-favorites like mac and cheese mixed with adults favorites like grilled salmon.

    Summer Shack

     (496.0 mi)

    Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:   Summer Shack features traditional, creative and ethnic versions of the freshest fish and shellfish in town along with a special kid's menu with items like fish fingers, corn dogs and fried chicken! The laid back atmosphere is family-friendly and they have crayons, write on table cloths, and special events on Sundays just for families. Menu changes daily, check out a sample menu here.

    Blaze Pizza

     (496.0 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  This very popular chain is perfect for when the family is looking for a fresh cooked, high-quality pizza in very little time. Like the name suggests, their pizzas are fired in a very high-temperature oven that typically takes just 3 minutes to be completely cooked and ready to eat! You can choose from their signature pizza combinations or build your own. Browse the menu here.

    Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

     (496.9 mi)

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  A perennial recipient of "Best of Boston" awards, Bartley's has a fast-paced, wacky atmosphere. The dining room looks like a dorm room, filled with posters, bumper stickers, and funny signs and there is always a line ready to devour their huge variety of homemade burgers as well as onion rings, sweet potato fries, frappes, and lime rickeys. Toppings range from simple to more gourmet combinations named after current pop icons, cultural items and area landmarks.

    Regina Pizzeria

     (497.0 mi)

    Lunch & Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  If your family loves pizza, this is one stop you should definitely put on your list. The original location is nestled in the heart of the North End and is known as "Boston’s Original Pizzeria." For over three generations, the Polcari family has been dishing up pizza made with only fresh, all natural ingredients, special seasonings, the finest toppings and baked in a brick oven. It does get crowded, so be prepared to wait, and you might share a table with another family.

    Flatbread Company

     (497.2 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  Stop in for some candlepin bowling and grab some delicious flatbread pizzas made in a wood-fired clay oven. Made with all organic ingredients, any of their flatbread pizzas can be prepared on a house-made, gluten-free crust. Browse the menu here.

    Cask 'n Flagon

     (497.2 mi)

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  This Fenway bar is always jam-packed with pre-and-post game patrons, but it's actually quite family-friendly as well. There is an outdoor patio to enjoy your meal on nice days and if you get there early before the game you can enjoy burgers, pizza and salads at a much more reasonable price than you'll pay inside the park.


     (497.2 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  This popular BBQ restaurant features large portions of favorites such as pulled pork, baby back ribs and beef brisket along with Southern sides like biscuits, collard greens and cornbread. The casual and noisy atmosphere makes it a great place for families with young children and they offer a kids meal menu as well as family style options to feed 4-6 people. Browse the menu here.

    Life Alive

     (497.4 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Kristy Pepping:  Life Alive offers four locations around Boston, but if you are looking for a kid-friendly location that is great for parents too, try their Cambridge one. This one offers a special kid's area with small tables, chairs and toys. As for food, you'll find fresh juices, warm grain bowls, wraps and salads. Their kid's menu section is called the "Simple Snack" and has items like the kiddie quesadilla and the hummus bowl.

    Thelonious Monkfish

     (497.5 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  For delicious gluten-free Asian options for the whole family, try Thelonius Monkfish. They offer several starters, salads, soups, rice dishes and noodle dishes including several fried rice options and Pad Thai.

    Check out their menu here.

    Veggie Galaxy

     (497.5 mi)

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Erynn:  This retro style diner serves an entirely vegetarian menu of family favorites that includes vegan dishes like mozzarella sticks, sandwich wraps, and bean burgers. Their breakfast options even include tempeh bacon and seitan sausage, alongside pancakes with coconut whipped cream!

    Kids will love vegan mac'n cheese, pasta, or sandwiches- and they'll beg for a purely vegan pie, pudding, cheesecake, or FoMu coconut-based ice cream!


     (498.9 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  Described as an interactive dining experience, each member of the family can create their own unique dish. Here's how it works - 1. Grab a bowl and fill it up with your favorite ingredients. 2. Choose a sauce and any herbs or spices to compliment your dish. 3. Bring it to the grill and watch the chefs cook up your meal right before your eyes. With Asian, American, Latin and Italian flavors there is sure to be something to satisfy everyone! Read more about the menu options here.

    My Thai Vegan Cafe

     (499.5 mi)

    Lunch & Dinner

    Erynn:  This casual and totally vegan joint serves creative dishes that look and taste amazing! From their "bird's nest," which is made from fried taro-root and actually looks like a nest, to their mango/pineapple salad, both lunch and dinner have endless options for everyone. Stay for dessert & bubble tea, too- but keep in mind there is no kid-specific menu.

    Parker's Restaurant

     (499.9 mi)

    Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  How about enjoying a leisurely dinner at Parker’s Restaurant at the Omni Parker House Hotel, a fine dining room, which is surprisingly kid-friendly. While adults fill up on chowder and house-invented specialties like Boston Schrod and Parker House Rolls, the kids can enjoy some of their favorites like hot dogs and mini hamburgers. The highlight of your meal just might be to sample the famous Boston Cream Pie, invented at the hotel.

    Smith & Wollensky

     (500.2 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  This top-end steakhouse offers the perfect outdoor dining spot in warmer months at their Atlantic Wharf location. With beautiful waterfront views, it is conveniently located by the Children's Museum and Tea Party Ships Museum. There are kid-friendly menu items or you can request your steak be sliced family style for everyone to enjoy. Check out the menu options here.

    Antico Forno

     (500.3 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:   Traditional Italian menu baked in a brick oven makes this casual North End pizzeria a family favorite. They offer a large selection of toppings as well as baked pasta dishes and delicious appetizers. Most dishes are large enough to split, making it budget-friendly as well. Check out the menu here.

    La Famiglia Giorgio's

     (500.3 mi)

    Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:   There are a whole host of delicious restaurants to choose from in the North End, but this family-style restaurant has an almost endless array of options for everybody in your group. The staff is notably kind and accommodating and you'll leave with plenty of leftovers.

    James Hook & Co

     (500.3 mi)

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  On a nice day, nothing beats sitting outdoors and enjoy a lobster roll from James Hook & Co. It's a simple establishment and often has a line out the door, but many swear it's the best lobster roll they've ever had. They also offer other favorites such as New England clam chowder, lobster dinners and even lobster mac & cheese.

    Granary Tavern

     (500.3 mi)

    Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  Located in a former grain mill on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and close to the New England Aquarium, this spacious restaurant is welcoming to families with flatbreads and other family-friendly dishes that can easily be shared as well as menu items just for the kids. In warmer months, dine al fresco on their brick patio and be sure to check out Sunday brunch. Check out all the menu options here.

    The Barking Crab

     (500.4 mi)

    Lunch & Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  The Barking Crab first opened as a summer-only restaurant, with seafood brought in fresh from the harbor. It's now open year round with a tent-covered patio so you can enjoy the summer breezes and some protection from the hot summer sun. In winter, the fun moves indoors with a cozy wood-burning stove for ambiance. Along with a stunning view of the downtown skyscrapers, you can get great seafood at reasonable prices. The menu includes fried seafood of every kind, clam chowder, crab legs, lobster rolls and more.

    Sullivan's Castle Island

     (502.1 mi)

    Open February-November

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Tracy Snyder Molina:  Grab a snack or full meal at Sullivan's during your visit to Castle Island. This stand has been open since 1951 featuring hot dogs. hamburgers, fried seafood, lobster rolls and more. Breakfast is also served. Long lines can form, but they move fast.

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