Family Dining Done Right—Kids Eat Free specials and family meals from your favorite local spots
One of the most persistent and challenging aspects of raising kids is figuring out nourishment. Picking a menu and cooking every night can be a bit daunting. Enter: family specials.
As kids go back to school and the days get busier and busier, parents tend to start looking for shortcuts to make feeding kiddos easier. For many, that means eating out or picking up take-out, preferably from a local restaurant—and all the better if they have a family-friendly deal.
Here are some local Gaston County restaurants that offer family meal deals, combo platters, and (of course) kids eat free specials.
Kids Eat Free Specials
It’s hard to overstate my thrill at hearing those magical words “Kids Eat Free!” We’ll try any restaurant offering such a deal.
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Not only do they have a family-friendly patio and are perfectly situated across the street from Stowe Park—every Tuesday Two Chicks offers one kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal all day long.
621 Athenia Pl., Bessemer City
Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kids eat free for breakfast and lunch on Tuesdays. One kids meal for each adult meal purchased.
Family Meal Deals To-Go
Love a one-and-done order? Call in, request the family meal, then pick up a giant bag of food to feed the whole family. Pro tip: Give yourself a good window of time for restaurants to prepare when calling in an order.
1206 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia
Friday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Family meals on a pre-order basis and pig-out plate special for $27.99. Call B&J for details.
421 E. Virginia Ave., Bessemer City
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Enjoy a local cult favorite and let the Hoyt family put together a family-sized meal for you to take home. Call or order online.
305 S. Main Street, Lowell
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Downtown Lowell is blossoming with lots of local family establishments so why not grab a family meal? Choose from the Family Pack (1 lb. pork bbq, plus sides to feed 4 people $19.99) or Deluxe Family Pack (1 lb. pork bbq, half chicken, plus sides and tea to feed 5-6 $27.99).
Whose kids can eat their weight in shrimp, crab legs, and chicken tenders? Add in hush puppies and cole slaw and they are happy campers. These seafood restaurants offer large plates that can be ordered dine-in or to-go (and can be shared by multiple children).
141 W. Main Ave., Gastonia
Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Several large seafood platters are available starting at $21.99 and seafood boils starting at $29.99 that can include fish, shrimp, lobster tails, crab legs, red potatoes, corn on the cob, and more.
808 N. 14th St., Bessemer City
Wednesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
This Bessemer City classic offers combo platters of flounder, perch, catfish, oysters, devil crab, chicken tenders, or shrimp are available for “Choose 2” or “Choose 3” meals for $15.99 and $16.99. A Seafood Platter is also available for $16.99. Platters come with a choice of fries, baked potato or baked sweet potato and include hush puppies and slaw.
These are just some restaurants that can make feeding your family easier, but if you have a favorite local restaurant, it doesn’t hurt to contact them and ask if they’re running any family specials (and let us know if we missed anything!).