With alarm clocks blaring, school bells ringing, and children getting dressed in an end-of-summer daze, the start of the 2016-2017 school year has officially begun. Figuring out what to cook for each meal can become a time consuming hassle as new schedules adjust and carpooling the kids to after school activities become the “norm” once again.
To ease the stress that accompanies each new school year, check out some of our favorite family friendly Rewards Network restaurants. Not only does each restaurant on our list cultivate the core of true family values, but they also please even the fussiest of eaters.
So throw out that grocery list, put away the frozen veggies, and pack your squad into the car to check out one of these restaurants today!
Chip’s Family Restaurant
Multiple Locations, Connecticut
Serving Orange Connecticut since 1966, Chip’s Family Restaurant has garnered the attention of both locals and tourists alike. Offering award winning pancakes (buttermilk or whole wheat) and all day breakfast, it should be no secret how Chip’s earned a spot on our favorite family friendly dining places.
Since taking over ownership in 2003, owner George “Georgie” Chatzopoulos has expanded this Connecticut landmark restaurant into 4 more locations throughout the area.
Chip’s is packed full of choices. From Bacon pancakes to Banana Nut, Pigs in a Blanket and “Build Your Own,” everyone can satisfy their appetites at Chip’s. If you have a hankering sweet tooth that just won’t quit, their Choc-a-holic pancakes (five buttermilk pancakes loaded with white and milk chocolate chips, drizzled chocolate sauce, dusted with powder sugar and topped with whip cream) and White Chocolate Rendezvous with fresh strawberries are sure to tame the beast within.
While Chip’s is known for their famous pancakes, Georgie’s Greek heritage comes out in the Mediterranean favorites on the menu. Chicken Souvlaki, Faroe Isle Salmon Fillet, and Chicken Ala Greco (marinated Grecian chicken served on rice with grilled peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and a feta cheese topping) are just to name a few.
With a family business philosophy and freshly homemade food, Chip’s Family Restaurant has created the perfect place for your family to gather and enjoy delightful food.
Get ready to jitterbug back in time when you step inside the retro 50’s themed Punky’s Diner and Pies! Married for almost 50 wonderful years, Jim and Connie Ronda are the proud owners of this classic diner in Medford, Oregon, and they love making your family feel like their family. That’s why every food item on Punky’s menu is as homemade as possible, including their mouthwatering pies.
While Punky’s incredibly fresh Double Crust Apple, Very Berry, and Huckleberry pies (just to name a few) are the main talk of the town, Punky’s also serves great diner-style breakfast (served all day).
Don’t forget about their lunch classics like chicken fried steak and eggs, omelets, waffles, and 100% all beef kosher hot dogs. The Chicago style dog with yellow mustard, sweet relish, onion, tomatoes, sport peppers, and pickle spear on a stadium sized bun is a great choice.
Punky’s also offers munchkin-sized portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so your little ones can enjoy their favorites without substitutions. Booths, tables, and countertop seating make finding a spot to chow down on your food comfortable and convenient. *Note, gluten-free buns and bread available upon request – just notify your server.
Greenvillage Drive-In Family Restaurant
For over 30 years, the Hronis family has been serving the great town of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, some seriously awesome family-style eats! Known for their friendly and fast service, Greenvillage Drive-In is a great place to bring the family before parting ways during the busy day ahead.
Open daily from 5:00 a.m. (7:00 a.m. on Sundays), this diner is no stranger to the phrase “the early bird catches the worm.” To enjoy freshly prepared breakfast delights like their special two eggs (any style) with homefries and toast, or sweet Belgian Waffles, make sure you get in before 10:45 a.m.
If getting up early isn’t easy for you or your tired tikes, Greenvillage also offers a great array of lunch goodies like roast beef and cheese club sandwiches and their Italian Steak hoagie. They also have dinner classics like their massive 16oz porterhouse steak and smoked ham with pineapple sauce.
Kids can enjoy a handful of “kid friendly” choices like grilled cheese or spaghetti with meat sauce. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Grandma and Grandpa. Greenvillage has a fantastic Senior Citizen menu (62 years and older), with meals that are sure to please the young at heart. No matter the age group, Greenvillage Drive-In has something for your family.
Dale’s Family Restaurant
With the tagline “we’ve got the best food in town,” you already know your family is going to get a fresh homemade meal at Dale’s Family Restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. When former owner Dale Beikman of TJ’s Kitchen passed away, his grandson Dennis Beikman became sole owner of this beloved family establishment and decided to make a few changes. In an effort to help keep the spirit of his WWII Navy Veteran grandfather’s legacy alive, Dennis decided the name Dale’s Family Restaurant would do just that.
Serving up some of the same great recipes his grandfather use to make, like the classic Manhattan (thinly sliced turkey or beef served on Texas toast with mashed potatoes and gravy), and new favorites like their house-made chicken and dumplings or fried catfish dinner, the food is downright delightful and something to write home about.
Since so many families are keep an eye on their budget during their night out, Dale’s has your back. Every Tuesday, children 11 and younger (per adult present) eat for free! Special times, great deals, and quality family time are always the main dishes served at Dale’s!
Shaved Ice Ice Baby
Lake Forest, California
“All right stop, collaborate and listen,” Shaved Ice Ice Baby in Lake Forest, California has a family-friendly mission. The mission is to serve your kids a treat that’s yummy and delicious! We couldn’t help ourselves with that intro.
Not only does this catchy-named restaurant have flavorful creamy delights (like their vanilla bean shaved ice snow with crushed Oreo cookies and chocolate chips), but it’s also a great place to bond with family after school and work or after dinner.
And even more crowd pleasing than their strawberry vanilla bean shaved ice? All year round, students get a 10% discount off their purchases. If that doesn’t excite your wallet and taste buds enough, having a Team Valor, Instinct, or Mystic Pokémon Go player living in your house offers discounts as well. All Pokémon Go users get a percentage off their purchase based on their trainer level (maximum of 25% off).
Talk about some tasty rewards! Next time you’re in the Lake Forest, California, be sure to check out Shaved Ice Ice Baby – your family and budget will thank you for it!
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