I always hear about these great kids-eat-free deals from friends around the country (iHOP on Monday! Uno and Chick-fil-A on Monday! Dennys on Thursday!) and they never turn out to be good in Boston. Guess “participating restaurants” does not mean major metro areas. Not that it should – franchise owners have a right to make money – but it’s nice for us parents to be able to go out to eat and still stretch our dollars. That being said, here are some places in the greater Boston area where kids can eat free:
Bitsuteki Tokyo (Cambridge, Sunday evening with the purchase of adult entrees) Yeah, it’s located in a Marriott. But it’s also in Cambridge with plenty of free parking. And kids under 12 eat free (with a parent’s entree purchase) on Sunday nights, when you really don’t want to cook. Not a PB&J either – it’s a real Japanese kids entree, including the Teppanyaki (where the chef cooks and slices your food on a grill in front of you. It’s a different kind of grill/cooking than Hibachi, but still has the entertainment value of someone tossing and flipping your food around while cooking it in front of you.
The Halfway Cafe – (Dedham, Watertown, Marlborough, Canton, Holbrook, and Maynard – Monday and Tuesday after 4PM with the purchase of adult entrees) The kids entrees include the traditional kids offerings of mac & cheese, chicken tenders, and grilled cheese, but also items like grilled chicken with broccoli and brown rice and their flatbread pizza. They also have “Value 8s” specials for adults, where select meals will be $8.88.
99 Restaurant (Somerville, Waltham, Woburn, Charlestown, and possibly others, I’d call to check (I’ve just been to the Woburn one) – all day the day after a Red Sox win, with kids defined as under 10). The 99 is like a cross between a steakhouse and an Applebees, and they have a very long menu overall (the kids menu is pretty basic, though). They have “9 for $9.99” for the adults, which include several steak choices.
Boston.com has an article on “Where Kids Eat Free Around Boston”, with 20 more restaurants named, so check that out for more dining options. It’s worth calling ahead to see if the places they list (or anyplace before you go!) still offer free kids meals since at least a few of them no longer do. Other publications have similar lists but I’ve found that a lot of them are outdated, so this post is just a few that I know are current.