Let’s face it, eating out as a family can be costly when you’ve got both adults and children ordering meals. Don’t automatically decide against eating out if you think it’s not in your budget. Going to a restaurant can lead to special and fun experiences with your family and many restaurants offer deals for families. For example, the most popular way for a restaurant to offer a deal is to let a child eat free from the kids menu with a paid adult. This article will go over the best places for kids to eat free in Bakersfield, California.
#1: Buck Owen’s CrystalPalace
The Crystal Palace made this writers list because it’s different from other restaurants in town. It has a country atmosphere with lots of neat things to see plus it was the inspiration of Buck Owens who owned the Crystal Palace and was a Country Music star before his death.
Kids eat free from the kids menu with a paid adult on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 PM to 10 PM and on Sunday’s for the brunch from 9:30 AM to 2 PM. Your child’s drink is included with their meal. Kids can order a burger, pizza, chicken fingers, etc. The adult menu has more options such as several different kinds of hamburgers, The “Sound Check” Chicken Sandwich (grilled chicken cooked mesquite style with jack cheese, Dijon honey sauce, tomato, onion with a wheat bun) for $8.99, Dwight Yoakam’s Baby Back Ribs ($25.99), Brad Paisley’s Southern Fried Catfish ($18.99) and more.
Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace is located at 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Bakersfield, CA 93308. Call (661) 328-7560 for additional information.
#2: Mauricio’s Bar and Cantina
If you want some good Mexican fare, opt for Mauricio’s Bar and Cantina where kids eat free on Wednesday all day. They have a fun, hip ethnic atmosphere that will make dining a fun experience for both you and your children.
When you sit down, you are offered chips and salsa before placing your order. Some of their best food is their nachos, combos (where you put together your own meal by picking enchiladas, tacos, etc), and carnitas though they have several other delicious dishes. Prices are comparable to other nice restaurants.
There are two locations in Bakersfield. One is Mauricio’s Rosedale at 10700 Rosedale Highway Bakersfield, CA 93312. Their contact is (661) 589-5292 and the other is Mauricio’s Southwest 6410 White Lane Bakersfield, CA 93309 and their phone number is (661) 837-9570.
#3: Carrows Restaurant
Carrows Restaurant is a national chain but still has that hometown good ol feel when you dine there with your family (after all, their motto is Carrows Cares). It’s the perfect place to go with your kids as they’ll enjoy the items on the kids menu and can sit comfortably in a booth.
Kids eat free at Carrows on Wednesday and Thursday nights after 4 PM. Your child must be 10 or under and an adult entrée must be purchased to quality for the free kids meal. Kids menu choices area turkey sandwich, burger, macaroni and cheese, crazy spaghetti, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, mini dippin dogs or a polka dot pizza. Meals come with one side (such as fries or fruit) and the drink is included. Parents can enjoy Chicken Mushroom Alfredo, Filet of Sole, Steak and more. Their prices are moderate.
Carrows is located at 1300 Easton Drive and 2673 Mount Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield. For more info, call (661) 322-8541 for the Easton Drive location and (661) 872-3948 for the Mt. Vernon location.
#4: Quizno’s Sub Shop
Quizno’s is a top on my list because it’s a sub sandwich shop and my kids can enjoy whatever kind of sandwich they want made their way. Plus it’s a very low key restaurant so I don’t have to worry about the kids disturbing other patrons since it’s so laid back.
What’s great about Quizno’s is that they started a kids eat free program in May 2010 (its only a limited time though no end date is listed). Kids 12 and under can eat free with a paid adult any time during the business day. Kids can choose from a sub, toasty torpedo chopped salad or choose a 2 inch sandwich.
There are several Quizno’s located in Bakersfield at 1415 18th St 93301, 2625 Mount Vernon Ave Ste 105 93306, 2200 Panama Ln 93307 and 5120 Stockdale Hwy 93309.