The 20 best kid-friendly Tampa Bay restaurants, that aren't Chuck E. Cheese

Don't get us wrong, kid's love Chuck E. Cheese, aka a child casino that sells pizza and beer. But you can't eat there all the time, and Tampa Bay has plenty of local establishments that don't mind rugrats running around. So, here are a few of the better local restaurants that adults will actually enjoy, and, most importantly, are definitely kid-friendly. 
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Spa Beach Bistro
501 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-623-9877
This is probably the best restaurant to tire your little ones out. Located at the St. Pete Pier, Spa Beach Bistro is right in the middle of the playground, the water pad and the beach where you can watch your kids play while grabbing a bite or sipping on a beer. The pier is also pet-friendly, so every member of the family is able to enjoy a nice warm day out. 
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Spa Beach Bistro

501 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-623-9877
This is probably the best restaurant to tire your little ones out. Located at the St. Pete Pier, Spa Beach Bistro is right in the middle of the playground, the water pad and the beach where you can watch your kids play while grabbing a bite or sipping on a beer. The pier is also pet-friendly, so every member of the family is able to enjoy a nice warm day out.
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Nebraska Mini Mart
4815 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-231-9522
Have a family-fun filled day at Nebraska Mini Mart. Starting with the little ones, the three-option kids menu is all under $6 and every Thursday, children under 12 eat free with an adult purchase of equal or greater value. They will also be able to get their energy out with outdoor bocce, shuffleboard and ping pong. While the kids play, adults are able to get their drinks on and relax with the restaurant’s selection of beer, kegged cocktails and wine. 
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Nebraska Mini Mart

4815 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-231-9522
Have a family-fun filled day at Nebraska Mini Mart. Starting with the little ones, the three-option kids menu is all under $6 and every Thursday, children under 12 eat free with an adult purchase of equal or greater value. They will also be able to get their energy out with outdoor bocce, shuffleboard and ping pong. While the kids play, adults are able to get their drinks on and relax with the restaurant’s selection of beer, kegged cocktails and wine.
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Lee’s Grocery
2210 N Central Ave, Tampa, 813-374-0179
Lee’s Grocery lures you in with the smell of its stone baked specialty pizzas, chicken wings and craft beer. Its patio seems to be the most kid friendly, especially on Fridays when sidewalk chalk is not a rare thing to see.
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Lee’s Grocery

2210 N Central Ave, Tampa, 813-374-0179
Lee’s Grocery lures you in with the smell of its stone baked specialty pizzas, chicken wings and craft beer. Its patio seems to be the most kid friendly, especially on Fridays when sidewalk chalk is not a rare thing to see.
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Keel Farms
5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City, 813-752-9100
Enjoy the outdoors and the warm Florida weather at Keel Farms. Here, your kids will be able to pet sheep, pigs, chickens and cows while you enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine. If tummies start to rumble, know that kids eat free Monday through Thursday with the purchase of an adult entree. 
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Keel Farms

5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City, 813-752-9100
Enjoy the outdoors and the warm Florida weather at Keel Farms. Here, your kids will be able to pet sheep, pigs, chickens and cows while you enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine. If tummies start to rumble, know that kids eat free Monday through Thursday with the purchase of an adult entree.
Photo via Keel Farms/Facebook
Mel’s Hot Dogs
4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, 813-985-8000
Mel’s is the ideal go-to spot after a fun-filled day at Busch Gardens. Additionally, almost all kids love hot dogs, so you can’t go wrong by bringing your family here. Plus every kid's meal comes with a surprise gummy dog. Mel’s also offers chicken nuggets or an American cheese sandwich for the kids who would rather have something else. 
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Mel’s Hot Dogs

4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, 813-985-8000
Mel’s is the ideal go-to spot after a fun-filled day at Busch Gardens. Additionally, almost all kids love hot dogs, so you can’t go wrong by bringing your family here. Plus every kid's meal comes with a surprise gummy dog. Mel’s also offers chicken nuggets or an American cheese sandwich for the kids who would rather have something else.
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