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Where to eat with young kids? (sick of Chuy's!)

We have two kids who are very well behaved at restaurants, but they are still kids, so we've long felt some restaurants are just for mom and dad nights. However, we are BORED with the restaurants we frequent. Our kids are pretty flexible eaters and most places tend to have a kids menu.

We like casual places, so we end up at Chuy's and Freddie's a lot even though we aren't huge fans of Freddie's food. I could eat Tex-Mex every day, but my husband feels quite sick of Tex Mex (creamy jalapeno sauce/dip is starting to get repetitive.) Atmosphere is important, as the kids are better behaved when the atmosphere is better. We prefer not to frequent chain restaurants, but we're desperate at this point. We love steaks, Asian, American, Italian, etc.

Any suggestions? We are starved for more variety (and better quality.) We've had repeated bad experiences with the food at Shady Grove (not to mention the waits) so that's out. We also like restaurants that are BUSY but have speedy service. Empty restaurants depress us. We'd rather wait 20 minutes for a table and have other diners around.

Any suggestions? How is NXNW for families with younger kids? (Youngest is 4, oldest is 7.)

Dec 12, 2008
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