Think your days of tacos and edamame (not together, but you know what we mean) are behind you? Think again.
Tucked into a small storefront next to the train tracks, Kama Bistro's exterior doesn't do the restaurant justice. Inslde you'll find a cozy haven of pillowed benches and beautiful artwork, delicious aromas and friendly service. All in all, a perfect place to take your kids from deli to Delhi.8 W. Burlington Ave. La Grange (708) 352-3300
This hip spot on Wells street offers a fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines. Samba sundaes come with the kids' meals and include tiny brownies, milk shakes and ice cream. This is a popular destination for early weekend dinners, so you may want to make a reservation. Also check into the Sunday brunch with special kids' activities.504 N. Wells St. Chicago (312) 595-2300
Mexican food is more than freezer-aisle tacos, and there's no better place to taste-test than Nuevo Leon, a local favorite in the heart of Chicago's Little Village.1515 W. 18th St. Chicago (312) 421-1517
Great Asian food kids will love, most priced under $10. Kids also like the pop machines where pop can be mixed and matched into a one-of-a-kind drink. Portion sizes are big enough to share.2709 N. Elston Ave., Chicago Chicago (773) 687-0290 (Chicago)
The owner Margarita Challenger, a native of Mexico, prepares traditional Mexican food with a healthy twist using all fresh ingredients. It also offers homemade ice cream, made popular by native street vendors and with a distinctive Mexican flavor.73 Green Bay Road Glencoe (847) 242-0501
The restaurant offers a kid-friendly dish nightly that's complimentary. The grownups, however, will be asked to donate the amount of their choice to the restaurant's designated charity. The beneficiary will change regularly, says partner and general manager Marcos Rivera.
Serving seafood with an authentic Mexican bent, this lively, family-friendly eatery greets guests with rows of delectable crab legs on ice and the aroma of sizzling platters of spicy shrimp making their way to patrons of all ages.
1035 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago (773) 486-6850
Food is served Ethiopian style, which means there are no utensils. Instead, everyone's order is placed on one large, round serving platter. Diners break off small pieces of the spongy pancake-like injera bread and scoop up whichever food they would like to eat.
6120 N. Broadway Ave. and 7537 N. Clark St.