Picture this: It’s a Wednesday evening around dinnertime. You’re out and about after picking up your kids from their most recent afternoon activity. They’re starving. You’re exhausted. Your refrigerator and pantry are a little scarce on the ingredients needed to prepare dinner – another errand you meant to run today but ran out of time with everything else going on. Also, your spouse is out of town for business so it’s just you and the kids tonight. You need dinner quickly, inexpensively and with no clean up. Sound familiar?
This scenario, in various capacities, happens to all of us from time to time, but this Wednesday is different. You pull into Hobee’s to grab a hot meal for yourself and the kids. As you walk into the restaurant, you find it lightly filled with customers, warm and inviting, and it isn’t until you sit down that you’re reminded kids eat free Wednesday nights. You’ve accomplished your goal and picked up a quick, inexpensive, tasty meal for you and your family.
Luckily, there are places around the Peninsula where kids eat free. Whether it be a Wednesday at Hobee’s or Monday at Jack’s Prime Burgers & Shakes, every day of the week there’s somewhere to take the kids for dinner.
Happi House Teriyaki 286 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Kids eat free on Sundays with the purchase of an adult numbered meal. All kids’ meals are served with Asian chicken salad, white or beef flavored rice and their choice of apple juice or a soft drink. Choices include: grilled chicken tenders, teriyaki beef, teriyaki pork, crispy chicken fingers and a chicken drumstick meal.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 570 North Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
Children under 12 can choose between chicken nuggets or a meat or sandwich plate as well as a drink with the purchase of an adult entrée (one kids’ meal per adult entrée).
Jack’s Prime Burgers & Shakes 3723 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo
Purchase an adult meal on Mondays and kids eat free. Kids can choose between a hot dog, two prime sliders, grilled cheese and two chicken fingers (all options come with fries).
IKEA 1700 E Bayshore Rd, East Palo Alto
Get up to two kids’ meals (under 12) with the purchase of an adult entrée. Kids’ choices may include organic pasta with tomato sauce, chicken tenders with French fries, Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes (chicken and veggie balls are also available), mac and cheese with vegetables and grilled chicken with carrots, strawberries and string cheese.
Denny’s 1201 Broadway, Redwood City
On Tuesdays from 4 to 10 p.m. kids eat free at Denny’s. Have breakfast for dinner (junior banana berry pancake breakfast, chocolate chip pancakes, build your own junior Grand Slam and junior French toast) or choose between kid-friendly favorites of a junior cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, spaghetti, mac and cheese or grilled chicken on a stick.
Hobees 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Get one kids (under 10) entrée per adult meal at Hobee’s on Wednesdays after 5 p.m. Kids can choose between Hobee’s soup or salad bar, nachitos (cheese, chips and chicken), peanut butter and jelly with fruit or chips, grilled cheese with fruit or chips, turkey sliders with smiley potatoes, cheese quesadilla with tortilla chips, spaghetti with marinara, penne pasta with pesto or alfredo sauce, chicken nuggets with baby carrots and smiley potatoes or liver and onions with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggplant and beets.
El Torito 388 Vintage Park Drive, Foster City
Kids can choose from a variety of favorites at El Torito (also in Milpitas) and eat free on Wednesdays (one kids’ meal with purchase of any adult entrée).
Tomatina 401 South B Street, San Mateo
After 4 p.m. on Thursday kids under 10 can eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal. Kids’ meal picks include: Caesar salad; vegetable dippers (carrots, broccoli and celery with ranch dressing); mac and cheese; spaghetti or penne with butter and Parmesan, cream or tomato sauce; spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli with creamy tomato sauce or pizza.
Pho Hoa Noodle Soup 220 Castro Street, Mountain View
Every day after 2 p.m. kids eat free at Pho Hoa Noodle Soup. Soups include beef, chicken or vegetarian options.
Menu choices are subject to change. Tell us what other kid-friendly - and kids eat free - locations you love!