Pint-Sized Opinions: Chapel Hill’s Best Kid-Friendly Eateries

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The Garcias – parents Lisset and Alex with kids Sebastian and Leonardo – at Breakaway Cafe. Photo by Briana Brough

Breakaway Cafe

“I like Breakaway Cafe because it is super good. I like the bread they use for the breakfast sandwich, and I love the pasta with red sauce.”
– Sebastian Garcia, 4 ½

“I like the water with oranges.”
– Leonardo Garcia, 2 ½

[quote_box_center]Parents Lisset and Alex Garcia say, “We like the family-friendly environment – it’s spacious for our family of four. They have fun games and books and an area for children of all ages. So, when they are eating, they can play and we can enjoy our food while watching them.”[/quote_box_center]


“Pancakes are yummy in my tummy.”
– McKenzie Tilley, 3

“I like to color my duck on top of a rainbow and hang it up.”
– Maddie Tilley, 5

[quote_box_center]Parents Karrie and Josh Tilley say “Elmo’s is a staple for our family. Maddie and McKenzie are always excited for the ‘usual’ – mouth-watering pancakes and a side of chocolate milk. The converted mill setting is simple, with exposed brick walls and a staff steeped in Southern hospitality. Comfort food, fast and friendly, best describes this gem nestled in the heart of Carrboro.”[/quote_box_center]

The Root Cellar

“The Root Cellar is a family favorite. They have so many different healthy options. I love to eat healthy, and they have the perfect menu for that … vegan, vegetarian, gluten and more. I couldn’t wait to take my 12-year-old cousin, who was visiting from Denmark, to The Root Cellar. I love the chicken Caesar sandwich and, of course, all the fun treats at the counter. They have great desserts, and I always want something from shakes to cakes. My mom loves the coffee, too.”
– Ilia Arnold, 11, great-niece of Leslie Morreale


“I love their pancakes!”
– Milo Peterson, 7

“It is the first place I ever had banana pudding.”
– Nolan Peterson, 10 (Mom Kara Ikenberry says Nolan talks about their banana pudding anytime the family visits.)„

[quote_box_center]You can be a kid of any age and still love Breadmen’s. Newly graduated from East Chapel Hill High School, Will Schmidt says, “Breadmen’s has been my go-to breakfast place with my dad [David Schmidt] for at least 12 years. Corned beef hash, eggs-over-easy, biscuit and chocolate milk. And I can diagram football plays with the sugars and jellies.”[/quote_box_center]


Voted Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants. Click here for a full list of winners.


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