Dallas-Fort Worth is home to several eateries that, while they don’t necessarily specialize in “kid food,” are appealing to young appetites in different ways. And in an area known for its fashion— Highland Park Village, the country’s oldest shopping center, debuted in Dallas in 1931—it only makes sense that there would be stylish shops to stop by.
The gold standard in dinner theater, this immersive experience lets everyone cheer on their favorite knight during the jousts and sword fights, and messy eaters will delight in the strict no-utensils rule for the four-course feast.
HAT CREEK BURGER COMPANY
Founder Drew Gressett started out as an Austin food truck. Now with 16 brick-and-mortar locations (and counting), Hat Creek has expanded from fresh burgers and fries to include salads, chicken, breakfast items and a mind-boggling number of milkshake combinations. Play yards out back help kids burn off energy. Multiple Dallas locations.
Here’s an easy sell for kiddos: A grilled sandwich made of corn. That’s the basis for an arepa, a Latin street-food staple, and Arepa TX makes some of the best in DFW (along with rice bowls, tacos and housemade paletas). But the real selling point is the playroom with chalkboard walls, TVs, pint-sized picnic tables and toys. A good rainy-day spot.
KIDBIZ AND THEBIZ
The brainchild of a former couture buyer for Neiman Marcus, KidBiz features fashionable clothes for kids and infants. New owners expanded with TheBiz, aimed at teen girls and young adults. Now the connected stores—plus luggage brand Jon Hart’s in-store monogramming shop—are the go-to spot for the fashion conscious.
SWEET AS SUGAR COUTURE
The flagship boutique of this brand is in The Shops at Clearfork, though stylish parents have been buying online ever since the store was featured on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” Owner and head designer Jackie Deluna crafts party frocks to playsuits for newborns to 16-year-olds, and stocks other brands, too.