When OpenTable recently announced its 2012 Diner's
Choice Award winners for the 75 most kid-friendly restaurants in
the United States, only one in the city of Chicago made the list:
RJ Grunts in Lincoln Park.
With OpenTable's endorsement in mind, we headed off to
this Lettuce Entertain You venue with my twins in tow to judge for
Ron Forsman, RJ Grunts general manager, says diners find
it kid-friendly "because we really like kids!" Parents also
appreciate the "stroller valet" to lock up their
With delicious hand-dipped strawberry malts in hand, my
kids colored up a storm while my husband and I perused the menu in
RJ Grunts is famed for its burgers and fresh, extensive salad
bar featuring items like juicy pineapple and generous chunks of
feta cheese, but we nonetheless chose the day's specials-salmon for
me and pot roast for him. Both were served perfectly tasty, as was
the brownie sundae we all shared.
The crowd is as diverse as the menu: senior couples in for
an early dinner, twentysomethings enjoying drinks and appetizers
after work, and in keeping with the family-friendly award bestowed
on the place, loads of families with young children.
One of the most child-friendly aspects of RJ Grunts? Its
location. In walking proximity to the Lincoln Park Zoo and the
Lincoln Park Conservatory, this is an easy place to relax after an
active day with the family. Or, like we did, go for an after-dinner
stroll in the expansive botanical gardens outside the
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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