What's Your Favorite Family Friendly Restaurant in Darien?

This week's Readers' Choice asks you to name your top pick for a meal out with the kids.

When you’re a parent, a meal out with the family comes with a few challenges. Maybe you’ve got a picky eater in your family. Perhaps you need to go to a restaurant where you won’t feel out of place with boisterous kids. If you’ve got a big family, a good value might top your list.  

So where do you take your family for a fun meal out? Vote in our poll or click the name of the restaurant and leave a review. Voting closes at noon Friday. We’ll name the local favorite that afternoon. 


Did we leave out your top pick? Tell us in the comments!  

annivar salgado April 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Hands down it is Home Run Inn!
Lauren Williamson (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I didn't include Home Run Inn because it was just eliminated on Friday from our Munch Madness competition. But should I add it to the poll? Would other people vote for it if I include it?
Bob B April 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Wow, no wonder we never know where to go out to eat. What a pathetic listing. Isn't the Patio in Darien?
Lauren Williamson (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Yes, The Patio is in Darien, but I tried to avoid national chains in this list, save for Chuck E. Cheese's since it's so obviously geared toward kids.
Lauren Williamson (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 03:55 PM
You know, on second look, The Patio is a Chicago area chain rather than a national chain. I learn something new every day! As I asked yesterday with Home Run Inn, do other people think I should add it to the poll? If I get more comments requesting it, I can include it as another option.
Bob B April 17, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Lauren, Yes, I think you should add both. They are very good and also qualify as a real restaurant. Not sure I would say the same about some of the others on the list.
Lauren Williamson (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
OK, I added both restaurants. Thanks both Bob and Annivar for the suggestions! The poll is all in good fun, and if these two are among the Readers' Choices for family friendly restaurants, then they should be represented!
anthony April 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Downers Delight should be on the list. Great food at reasonable prices. Tony K
Wally A. April 19, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I agree that Home Run Inn and Patio should be on your list. Just because HRI was in Munch Madness should not eliminate them from this voting. Too many great choices, we love them all. Although it is not in Darien, Cozzi Corner at 75th & Lemont is another favorite of our family. They are very supportive of Darien events and schools. The food is awesome and the prices are very reasonable, we love eating on the picnic tables in front. Hopefully they will have the car shows on Tuesday nights again this summer, my kids loved to walk around and check out the cars.
Lauren Williamson (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Unfortunately Downers Delight isn't in Darien, so it isn't eligible for this poll. Great suggestion, though!
Lauren Williamson (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Well, you are in luck, Wally, because we added Home Run Inn and The Patio to the poll on Tuesday!
Brian Broderick May 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Carriage Greens!


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