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How to Enjoy Grabbing a Bite with Your Baby

10.21.2015 by: Leah McGarry
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As a new mom, I thought having a baby would really cramp my style when it came to dining out. I’m happy to report that Austin has a plethora of baby-friendly restaurants, and going out to eat is still enjoyable!

Brunch is a great time to enjoy Austin’s dining scene. Babies are happier in the morning, and the restaurant is probably happier to deal with your baby during the day than at night. We recently enjoyed brunch at Frank - it’s casual, opens at 10, and has a few outdoor tables to choose from on a nice morning. Alcomar is another great option with its open and spacious layout. Plus, it’s loud enough to disguise any squeals.

Dining downtown is totally doable with a baby in the morning - Frank is one great option

Similarly, happy hour is also a great time to venture out with your little one. You can beat the crowds, and the restaurants will appreciate potential crying babies getting out by the time the dinner crowd rolls in. Check out our recent post on happy hour at Jack Allen’s.

Happy hour is a great time to enjoy Austin restaurants!

For really young babies, it’s always nice to enjoy the fresh air. The Grove in Westlake has perfect outdoor seating options with its huge shade trees. Just remember there are different levels so bringing a stroller is probably not an option. Blue Dahlia also has a nice patio perfect for a lunch out with the babe.

Plenty of shade at the Grove in Westlake {Photo via Facebook page}

ABGB offers both indoor and outdoor options suitable for baby depending on the weather. Inside it’s loud and spacious, and there’s even a back corner where you can escape any crowded tables. Outside there are plenty of picnic tables under shady trees. Just note that the bathrooms don’t have changing tables, but they do have a bench.

Luckily we live in a pretty casual town, so even Austin’s nicer restaurants still have a low key vibe. When it comes to dining out with your little one noise is key, which made Sway a great option for keeping baby calm while mommy and daddy chowed down on some of their favorite dishes.

You can still enjoy "fancy" food even with a baby in tow! Pictured here - Son in law from Sway

If you’re worried about bringing your baby out, why not head to the outskirts of town? Family-friendly Lakeway has plenty of eateries. One of our favorites is Santa Catarina for delicious interior Mexican food. They also have a shady patio, even though it’s in a strip mall.

When all else fails and you’re dying to get out for a bite, why not explore Austin’s many food trailer parks? Now that the weather is nice it’s the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and try some new food.

Dining out with your baby isn’t unimaginable - the key is to simply know where and when. Let us know your favorite baby-friendly restaurants!

{Official websites: Frank, Alcomar, Jack Allen’s, ABGB, Grove, Blue Dahlia, Sway, Santa Catarina}

TAGS : South Lamar/South First , Downtown , West Lake Hills , Lake Travis/Hill Country Galleria , Blue Dahlia Bistro - Westlake , The Grove - Westlake , Frank , Sway , Santa Catarina Restaurant , Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ABGB) , Jack Allen's Kitchen - Oak Hill , Alcomar