6 Places to Feed the Kids

By local contributor
Dawson Fearnow

Round-up the whole gang because these fun-filled restaurants, casual cafés and classic ice cream parlors are perfect for kids of all ages.


  • Don and Charlies

    If your kids love sports, Don and Charlie’s houses a memorabilia collection that will keep them entertained for hours (or at least while you parents enjoy a nice meal). This Chicago-style chophouse offers finger-friendly foods like ribs and burgers, as well as classic baked macaroni and cheese.

  • Super Chunk Sweet Treats

    Super Chunk is a super-sized sugar buzz waiting to happen, so consider yourself warned – then go anyway. Country Velador’s small-batch, handcrafted confections range from candy and ice cream to luscious baked goods. The menu changes regularly, but you’ll find delights like coconut-watermelon taffy, caramel corn, yuzu pistachio fudge and spicy Cowpuncher cookies.

  • Sugar Bowl

    A family favorite for more than 60 years, this bubblegum pink diner and ice cream parlor dishes up classic American eats and some of Scottsdale’s finest floats (and parfaits, and sundaes, and shakes, and splits, and . . . well, you get the picture).

  • Rawhide 1880s Western Town & Steakhouse

    Kids will love the atmosphere and endless activities at Rawhide. Little ones can mingle with the animals in the petting zoo, giddy-up on a burro, pan for gold or check out the stunt show at the Six Gun Theater. The Steakhouse’s kids’ menu features items like mini top sirloin, cheeseburger sliders and chicken fingers. Top off a meal with an old-fashioned Sarsaparilla Float.

  • Zinburger

    This upscale burger joint specializes in fresh-ground hamburgers topped with gourmet ingredients such as manchego cheese and zinfandel-braised onions, but also offers kid-approved fare such as grilled cheese, sloppy joe’s and chicken strips.

  • Gertrude’s

    Located at the Desert Botanical Garden, Gertrude’s offers kid-friendly favorites like creamy Mac+Cheese, crispy chicken fingers, and PB&J made with all-natural peanut butter and house-made jam. Parents will love the elevated farm-to-table cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails.