Restaurants offer cheap eats for kids


Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.

Families can enjoy a dinner out without stressing their pocketbook too much by visiting local restaurants that participate in “kids eat free nights and kids eat cheap nights.”

Some of the restaurants also offer children’s activities to keep children entertained while parents enjoy their meal.

Most of the participating restaurants offer “kids eat free nights and kids eat cheap” throughout the year, while a handful offer discounts only during the summer months.

“It’s very popular with families,” said Applebee’s manager Dominic Carmosino.

Nicole Crutcher, a bartender at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s said the kids’s eat free program is very popular and is a good fit for the restaurant. “We’re family oriented,” Crutcher said.

Kjell Brandt, general manager of Blue Highway in Micanopy, said Blue Highway pizza restaurants in Micanopy, the Tioga Town Center and Ocala will be participating in the program. “It brings families in and encourages families to eat together,” Brandt said.

Beth Johns, assistant manager at Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q, said it’s good for the restaurant and for the families. “We do good business and it’s a way to give back,” said Johns.

Below are participating restaurants:

— Applebee’s, 1005 NW 13th St.: Children 12 and under will receive $.99 cents kids meals with an adult purchase all day long on Wednesdays year-round. (352-335-0150, www.applebees.com)

— Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 6500 SW Archer Road and 1999 NW 43rd St.: Children 12 and under eat free with an adult purchase on Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. year-round at both locations. Dine-in only. Space Walk of Gainesville provides a bounce house at the Archer Road location and Magic Mike performs magic tricks and creates balloon animals table-side from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (352-271-8085, 352-338-7771; www.beefobradys.com)

— Blue Highway Pizza, Tioga Town Center and Micanopy: Children 12 and under eat for $1 with an adult purchase from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays year-round. (352-505-6883, 352- 466-0062; www.bluehighwaypizza.com)

— Bono’s, 6760 Newberry Road: Children 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an entree for $8 or more from 4-9 p.m. Mondays year-roud. (352-331-3112, www.bonosbarbq.com)

— Cody’s Roadhouse, 3100 SW Archer Road: Children 10 and under eat free from the kid’s menu all day on Mondays and Tuesdays year-round. Limit is two children’s meals for each adult entree. Table-side family entertainment is available on Mondays and features a caricature or balloon artist. (352-548-4700, www.codysoriginalroadhouse.com)

— Crisper’s, 3102 SW 34th St.: Children 12 and under eat for $.99 with a parent’s loyalty card all day Monday-Sunday year-round. (352-335-6150, www.crispersonline.com)

— David’s Real Pit BBQ, 5121 NW 39th Ave. and 521 NE 23rd Ave.: Children 12 and under will receive a kid’s meal with an adult meal purchased after 4 p.m. on Mondays year-round at both locations. (352-373-2002, www.davidsbbq.com)

— Gainesville Ale House, 3950 SW Archer Road: Children 12 and under eat free with an adult meal purchased from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays year-round. (352-371-0818, www.millersalehouse.com)

— Gator’s Dockside, 3842 Newberry Road: Children 12 and under eat free with an adult purchase at Family Fun Night with clowns, balloons and special giveaways from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays year-round. (352-338-4445, www.gatorsdockside.com/kids.asp)

International House of Pancakes, 3613 SW 13th St.: Children 12 and under eat free with an adult purchase from 4-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday year-round. 352-336-1839, www.ihop.com.

— New Deal Cafe, 3445 W. University Ave.: $1 Kids Meals Summer Dollar Days with the purchase of an adult entree from 4-9 p.m. Mondays through August. (352-371-4418)

— Splitz Funworks Entertainment, 1301 NW 76th Blvd.: Children 10 and under eat free with an adult meal purchase, plus there is two-for-one bowling and laser tag from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through August. (352-332-2695 or www.bowlsplitz.com)

— Steak and Shake, 3613 SW 13th St. and 3714 SW 42nd St.: Children 12 and under eat free with the purchase of any regular meal worth $8 or more all day Monday-Sunday year-round at both locations. (352-336-1839, 352-377-7500; www.steaknshake.com)

— Stevi B’s, 3720 NW 13th St.: Children 10 and under eat for $.99 cents at the buffet after 4 p.m. Sundays through August. (352-519-5121, www.stevibs.com)

— TCBY at Thornebrook, 2441 NW 43rd St. Suite 24C: Anyone can get a free kid’s cup with the purchase of a regular item on Fridays year-round. (352-378-1051).

— Texas Roadhouse, 3830 SW Archer Road: Children 12 and under will receive a $.99-cent kid’s meal with an adult purchase of $9.99 or more from 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays year-round. Limit is two children per meal. Children also will enjoy meeting the Andy Armadillo mascot, arts and crafts, games and prizes, a new theme each Tuesday and a free dessert and ice cream bar. (352-377-2820, www.texasroadhouse.com)

— Zaxby’s, 1 NW 10th Ave., 3710 SW Archer Road, 2424 NW 43rd Ave.: Children 10 and under will receive a $.99 cents kid’s meal for each adult purchase from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays year round. Limit is two children’s meals for each adult pruchase. (352-377-8889, 352-338-0555, 352-376-8700; www.zaxbys.com)

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